This is the same week that Hurricane Irma came through last year. It looks like Florence may not impact us at all. Here is the most recent update from UGA Climatologist Pam Knox this morning:
Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning just before 8 am near Wilmington NC, almost exactly where the National Hurricane Center predicted a week ago. Now the hurricane will begin its slow spin-down to a tropical storm and then a depression as it moves over land.
I am relieved to say that with the current path of the storm, impacts on most of Georgia are now expected to be minimal. Eastern counties will still experience some wind gusts from the storm which could cause isolated power outages, but they are expected to be less than 40 mph. Rainfall will be confined to the northeastern part of the state and should amount to less than two inches in all. The rest of the state should see no rain at all from the storm, which is not good for areas that are currently suffering from dry conditions. The southern half of Georgia should not experience any significant impacts from the storm and northern Georgia’s impacts will be small and limited in space and time.