Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Georgia Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence

Reacting to the possibility of a more southerly track, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared an emergency but did not immediately order any evacuations. "As they move in with us and seek to experience a better life, we want to make sure that when things are at their worst, that they're taken care of".

"Protection of life is the absolute highest priority", he added.

Shepard Smith and Flaherty said reports showed storm surge from the system is likely to be felt dozens of miles inland, including along the Neuse River Basin - which stretches inward from New Bern toward Rocky Mount and Nashville, N.C.

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A life-threatening storm surge is now highly likely along portions of the coastlines of SC and North Carolina, and a Storm Surge Warning is in effect for a portion of this area.

CNN reports dire word from FEMA associate administrator Jeff Byard, who warns that this storm is not to be reckoned with.

"The state is mobilising all available resources to ensure public safety", Deal said. The Gamecocks announced Wednesday afternoon that Saturday's scheduled game against Marshall in Williams-Brice Stadium has been canceled due to the potential impact of Hurricane Florence. "It's called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know", he also said in a video posted to Twitter Wednesday morning. However, it was projected Wednesday that Florence would shift slightly to the south and possibly hit Georgia as well.

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In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state. The local adult-services department and the Area Agency on Aging has been in touch with each senior facilities as well, county public information officer Kathryn Murphy said, and has helped them decide whether and how to plan for the hurricane.

"I was very apprehensive", he said.

The prison, home to nearly 1,000 prisoners and up to 119 staff, was ordered to stay put even during an initial mandatory evacuation for surrounding Jasper County. But at 84-years-old, he's riding out Hurricane Florence at Knightdale High School with his 16-year-old dog, Precious, and other family. Eventually, Florence will veer north into the Appalachian Mountains, bringing soaking rains to Virginia and western North Carolina, before sputtering out late next week near DE and Maryland, the FWS reported.

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