Ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Ian, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has activated the state's Operations Center.
In a media release, Kemp ordered the center to begin operation Monday as the state prepares for any potential impact from Ian later in the week. As of Monday morning, much of Georgia remains in the forecast cone with strong wind, torrential rain, and tornadoes all possible by week's end.
"I want to thank Director Stallings and his team, as well as our emergency management partners throughout the state who stand at the ready, ensuring Georgia is prepared for whatever this major storm system could bring," said Governor Kemp. "I urge my fellow Georgians to monitor this storm as it evolves and calmly take the necessary precautions to keep their families and neighbors safe, if the storm continues to intensify. Throughout the week, I will work closely with GEMA/HS, the weather service, public safety organizations, and others to ensure we leave nothing to chance."
Tropical storm force winds, in excess of 39 mph, are expected to enter Georgia Thursday evening and last through Friday into Saturday. The storm is also expected to bring multiple inches of rain to the region, along with possible tornadoes.
Kemp is urging Georgians to closely monitor the storm and to educate themselves on how to prepare for a hurricane, before, during, and after the storm.