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Gov. Deal declares state of emergency for all 159 Georgia counties

Gov. Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia based on the latest forecast for Hurricane Florence, according to a press release from the governor's office. 

In the release Deal stated that "the state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence" and that he "encourages Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas."

Forecasters say the Category 4 hurricane could take a southwest turn from its current trajectory, which has residents of North and South Carolina fleeing coastal areas. 

There are currently no storm watches or warnings in effect for Georgia, and the forecast for Dawsonville shows a slight chance of thunder storms Wednesday and Thursday and throughout the weekend into early next week.

Visit the National Weather Service website for a detailed forecast in the coming days. 

According to the National Weather Service website, a life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines in the Carolinas and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect. 

Later in the week and into next week, flash flooding and river flooding are expected as Florence moves inland, followed by damaging hurricane-force winds. 

Ready Georgia has outlined steps to take prior to a hurricane to keep you and your family safe. Creating a communication plan and ready kit in case of evacuation is key, as well as securing your property by bringing outdoor furniture and garbage cans inside, keeping trees and shrubs well trimmed and filling your tank with gas. 

Download the Ready Georgia mobile app for weather alerts and check this fact sheet to make sure you and your family are prepared for a potential hurricane.