Before Hurricane Florence, Georgia gov. explains the state of emergency for all provinces - Curbed Atlanta

Another September and another major hurricane in the interior of Atlanta.

Jeff Byard, associate administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Wednesday that hurricane Florence "will throw a stump from Mike Tyson to the coast of Carolina," and Georgia is also feeling rainfall.

Of course, places such as Myrtle Beach will probably be the brunt of the storm, which could brew a category 4 hurricane, but Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal wasted no time preparing the Peach state for possible bad weather.

The governor issued an executive order on Wednesday declaring a state of emergency for all 159 counties of Georgia.

"The state mobilizes all available resources to ensure public safety for Hurricane Florence," Deal said in a press release.

"In light of the predicted southward course of the storm after landing the storm, I encourage the Georgians to be prepared for the domestic effects of the storm and the subsequent storm surge in coastal areas," he continued.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Poncey-Highland on 12 September last year.
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When Thursday afternoon began to rain in North Carolina, the obvious possibility emerged that Georgia could be lucky and stay "drier", at least at the beginning of the storm, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

But if the Hurricane Irma from last year is an indication of how quickly comfortable weather can change, Georgians must be prepared with food and water for the worst.

In September 2017, Georgia's schools and government buildings were closed, MARTA stopped operations and hundreds of flights from Hartsfield-Jackson International airport were grounded. Thousands of Atlanteans went without power for days.

The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency provides resources for out-of-state refugees and residents who want to know how to prepare for Florence. (For example, the Atlanta Motor Speedway offers free camping for those seeking refuge in Florence.)

Stay up to date with the latest emergency information here.