Stephens County under State of Emergency

Governor Nathan Deal declared a State of Emergency in the wake of Hurricane Florence, and in following suit Stephens County has now issued a local State of Emergency.

During an emergency called meeting the Stephens County Board of Commissioners came together to declare a state of emergency in preparation for the impact of Hurricane Florence.

According to County Chair Michelle Ivester, the board’s decision ensures that Stephens County will be in line to receive state and federal funding to help with any cleanup required after the severe weather passes.

In a release issued by the Governor’s office, Gov. Deal’s decision to declare a State of Emergency for all 159 counties in Georgia was based on Wednesday’s forecast of Hurricane Florence and the recommendations from Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security officials.

Because of the forecasted southward track that the storm will follow after making landfall, Gov. Deal said he encourages every Georgian to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas.

As part of the state of emergency, Deal announced that the state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Officials with GEMA and Homeland Security continue to lead the state in preparations through coordinating with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and to accommodate those evacuating from other states.

And as always, stay with WNEG News for the latest forecasts and severe weather updates.