BULLOCH CO., GA (WTOC) - Hurricane Florence's focus may be on North Carolina and South Carolina at the moment, but Georgia counties aren't letting down their guard just yet.
Bulloch County officials are urging people to prepare now for Florence and whatever may follow. Emergency leaders say Hurricane Florence can serve as a warning to get prepared even if it looks like she won't come this way.
Plenty of people remember the winds and rains Irma brought to the area one year ago. The current forecast calls for Florence to make landfall along the Carolina coast instead of Georgia, but emergency planners say people should have emergency kits gathered for hurricane season and supplies that can help them get through a day or two without power if one of the hurricanes behind Florence puts Southeast Georgia in its sites. Even a slight course change for Florence could bring damage here.
"If it moves just 50 to 100 miles south, we could see significantly heavy rainfall and winds on Friday getting into the weekend, so it's a good time to prepare just like it was coming here," said Ted Wynn, Public Safety Director.
Wynn hopes people see the strength of Florence as an opportunity to prepare and not panic.
They say getting ready now helps you stay ready for when the next one approaches.