HURRICANE FLORENCE: Click here for the full advisory
- The latest: Packing 130-mph winds and now racing northwest toward the Carolina coast at 15 mph, Northwest Georgia needs to keep an eye on what happens after the storm comes ashore. The latest forecast map puts Florence — downgraded to a depression — near Northeast Georgia on Monday morning.
- State impact: Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency over concerns about Florence’s remnants over North Georgia on Monday. Details below.
- Local impact: We could see tropical storm-level winds beginning here between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, continuing into Saturday and Sunday. After landfall, there is great uncertainty as to where Florence will go but there are increased indications that the remnants of Florence could effect at least portions of north and central Georgia late Saturday through Tuesday. The situation continues to be a watch and monitor, so please stay tuned to your local forecast.
From Gov. Nathan Deal: State of Emergency declared. Based on the latest 11 a.m. forecast for Hurricane Florence and acting on a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency officials, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in Georgia. “The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence,” said Deal. “In light of the storm’s forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas. GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.” To read the executive order, see below or click here. For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit the GEMA/HS website here. Related Files: Hurricane Florence Executive Order 9.12.18 (202.43 KB)
About Helene, Isaac:
About Helene: The center of Hurricane Helene was located near latitude 19.2 North, longitude 35.7 West. Helene is moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and a turn toward the north is expected later today. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is likely by the end of the week. Maximum sustained winds are near 90 mph (150 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days, and Helene is expected to become a tropical storm on Thursday. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. For more.
About Isaac: The center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 14.5 North, longitude 53.5 West. Isaac is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue through the weekend. On the forecast track, Isaac’s center is forecast to move across the central Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is forecast during the next few days. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1000 mb (29.53 inches). A NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate Isaac later this morning and should provide a better assessment of the intensity of the tropical storm and the extent of its winds. For more.
Watching Florence’s remnants — “After landfall, there is great uncertainty as to where Florence will go but there are increased indications that the remnants of Florence could effect at least portions of north and central Georgia late Saturday through Tuesday. The situation continues to be a watch and monitor, so please stay tuned to your local forecast.” From the hazardous weather outlook, National Weather Service.
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 97. East wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 10pm. Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Thursday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Patchy dense fog before 9am. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 99. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Light north wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 70.