Georgia declares State of Emergency for Hurricane Idalia 2023-08-29

Update 2023-08-30: Hurricane Idalia landing in Florida, more Georgia counties on Hurricane Watch 2023-08-30.

The Georgia governor has declared a State of Emergency about Hurricane Idalia for the entire state.

[Georgia State of Emergency, Hurricane Watch Counties 2023-08-29 14:27]
Georgia State of Emergency, Hurricane Watch Counties 2023-08-29 14:27

Like the earlier Florida State of Emergency, this Georgia one mobilizes numerous state agencies and enables cooperation with relevant federal agencies.

The Executive Order does not name any counties, but the press release names almost all the Suwannee River Basin Counties on the GA-FL line (Brooks, Lowndes, Echols, Clinch, Ware, and Charlton), plus Lanier, but not Thomas.

[Hurricane Warning, NWS JAX 2:27:52pm 2023-08-29]
Hurricane Warning, NWS JAX 2:27:52pm 2023-08-29

Since our hurricane post this morning, NWS JAX has added Clinch, Ware, and Charlton Counties to the Hurricane Watch. Most of the other Suwannee River Basin counties in Georgia and all of them in Florida are under a Tropical Storm Warning if they are not under a Hurricane Watch.

Naturally, rainfall from the hurricane will rapidly raise water levels in the Suwannee, Alapaha, Alapahoochee, Willacoochee, Withlacoochee, New, and Little Rivers as well as in the Okefenokee Swamp.

It’s time to stock up, stay home, and remember to write down emergency numbers so you can call them if the power goes out.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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