ATLANTA (WTOC) - The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is updating local governments as it receives forecasts concerning Tropical Storm Hermine.
GEMHSA is closely monitoring the storm along with the National Hurricane Center, and is coordinating preparation and response with local officials.
The greatest impact to Georgia could be heavy rainfall, with predictions of up to six inches in South Georgia. Residents in low-lying areas should stay alert for possible flooding. Sustained tropical storm force winds and isolated tornadoes are possible along and southeast of a line from Cairo to Fitzgerald to Vidalia to Statesboro between late Thursday evening and early Friday afternoon. Area residents should stay tuned to local radio or television for current weather information.
As of 4:00 p.m. today, a Tropical Storm and Flood Watch is in effect for the following counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Ware and Wayne until further notice.
As of 4:00 p.m. today, a Tropical Storm and Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the following counties: Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Echols, Grady, Lanier, Lowndes and Thomas until 8 a.m. Friday.
As of 4:00 p.m. today, A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the following counties: Baldwin, Bibb, Bleckley, Crisp, Dodge, Dooly, Emanuel, Glascock, Greene, Hancock, Houston, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Laurens, Montgomery, Oglethorpe, Pulaski, Putnam, Taliaferro, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Twiggs, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkes, and Wilkinson until 8 a.m. on Saturday.
GEMHSA encourages citizens in the affected areas or who may be traveling into the Florida Panhandle for Labor Day weekend to monitor local weather reports closely and begin to make necessary storm preparations.
Listen to local authorities for advice and protective actions
Prepare a disaster supply kit with food, water, a battery-operated radio and medicine to last at least three days
Don't forget to include pets in your preparations