Florida Feels the Effects as Deadly Dorian Inches Closer

Florida Feels the Effects as Deadly Dorian Inches Closer

Emergencies Declared in Georgia and Carolinas as Hurricane Dorian’s Track Shifts

By Sean Breslin

2 days ago

weather.com

 Florida Feels the Effects as Deadly Dorian Inches Closer

At a Glance

  • States of emergency were declared in Georgia and the Carolinas.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard said it is monitoring the storm closely.
  • Farmers in South Georgia are wary of another powerful storm following Hurricane Michael.

Officials in Georgia and the Carolinas were keeping a close watch on Hurricane Dorian as the storm’s forecast took a more northward track Saturday.

“Right now we’re telling our residents to be prepared,” Chatham County, Georgia, emergency management director Dennis Jones told weather.com. “We want to make sure that they have all the resources they need in order to prepare their families or their businesses.”

Chatham County sits on Georgia’s southeast coast and includes the city of Savannah.

Jones said the storm’s unpredictable track and slow move out of the Caribbean is keeping officials on their toes.

“The variables change with every advisory,” he said. “This is a marathon, it’s not a sprint.”

(MORE: How Florida Is Preparing for Dorian)

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency for 12 counties, including Chatham, on Thursday.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday, following a similar declaration by the governor of North Carolina on Friday.

The emergency declarations makes state resources available for preparations and storm response, and make it easier to get federal help. They also set in motion coordination between agencies who handle possible evacuations or other preparations.

Ports in Savannah and Brunswick were put in a higher stage of alert ahead of the storm. The alert, which went into effect Saturday, indicates that winds between 39 and 54 miles an hour are possible within 48 hours.

The U.S. Coast Guard in Charleston said it was monitoring the storm closely.