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Gov. Deal issues state of emergency ahead of storm - Updated Version


  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Sep. 13, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Gov. Deal issues state of emergency ahead of storm - Updated Version

(COURTESY: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE)

UPDATED VERSION: Hurricane Florence weakens, still may bring rain to county - (As of 10 a.m. Sept. 13)

Coweta County residents can breathe a brief a small sigh of relief, at least on Thursday morning.

Despite the county remaining in a state of emergency, Hurricane Florence is beginning to track more northwest, which means the community will feel fewer effects from the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

If Florence stays on it’s current path, the now - category 2 storm will make landfall along the Carolina coastline Friday morning, meteorologists said.

The hurricane will weaken as it moves across land. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, weather models showed Coweta County just on the edge of the watch area.

Hurricane Florence kept everyone on edge Wednesday, when the storm began sliding southward and taking aim at the Georgia coast.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency around noon Wednesday ahead of the storm that covered all 159 counties within Georgia.

As soon as Deal made the declaration, Coweta County Emergency Management Agency director Jay Jones said he sprang into action.   

“I notified every public agency in Coweta County, mainly putting people on alert and telling them to gear up, get what they need, check staff levels and bolster them, if need be,” he said.

According to the National Weather Service, as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Hurricane Florence was losing strength and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds at 110 mph.

Currently, the best chances for rain and wind in our area would be Sunday afternoon or Monday, according to NWS officials.  

“Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart,” Jones explained. “We’ll be on the northwest side of storm. It will be more tropical depression at that point.

“We could get some rain and gusty winds. It’s too early to tell,” he added.

However, it’s not too late to prepare for Hurricane Florence – or any other storm that may move through Coweta County.  

“If you don’t have a plan in place, you still have time to do something,” Jones said. “People still have time to gather supplies, fill prescriptions, make sure their pets and loved ones will be safe. We’re just on a heightened awareness at this point. Don’t panic, people just need to prepare, just in case.”

The Newnan Times-Herald will continue to monitor the Hurricane Florence and share the latest information online at www.times-herald.com, on our Facebook page and in our daily print editions.

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Gov. Nathan Deal isn’t taking any chances with Hurricane Florence.

The Governor issued a state of emergency around noon on Wednesday ahead of the storm.

The declaration covers almost the entire state and includes Coweta County and the surrounding area.

According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane Florence remains a category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds at 130 miles-per-hour.

The storm is still on track to make landfall in the coastal carolina region, but is starting to drift south. Officials say it is possible South Carolina will bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence.

If the hurricane continues in a southwesterly direction, the Georgia coastline and inland counties will experience the outer bands of the storm, meteorologists said.

For Coweta County, this could mean heavy downpours, flooding, gusty winds and isolated tornadoes.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall on the eastern seaboard Friday morning, which means Coweta County and the surrounding area could begin feeling the effects of the storm late Friday night and Saturday.

We'll continue to monitor the storm and bring you the latest information online at www.times-herald.com, on our Facebook page and in our daily editions of The Newnan Times-Herald.