Georgia governor issues emergency order ahead of Hermine
By Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency for 56 counties as Tropical Storm Hermine heads toward Florida's Gulf Coast.
The alert takes effect at noon on Thursday and runs through midnight on Saturday. Gov. Nathan Deal says severe weather related to the storm is expected in Georgia through Saturday. The included counties are in parts of south, central and coastal Georgia.
The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency said Wednesday that the storm's greatest effect on Georgia could be heavy rainfall.
Director Jim Butterworth said the storm could bring flooding, tornadoes and power outages even if it does not make landfall in Georgia.
Valdosta State University in south Georgia canceled classes starting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. through Friday at 5 p.m. Dorms and dining halls will remain open.
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