Impact zone for Georgia to minimize as Hurricane Florence shifts

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  • Although the Statesboro area is outside of the projected rain area, here is a 20 to 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday.

Rachel Adams and Shiann Sivell

Hurricane Florence’s path is expected to drift west-southwest near the coast of southeastern North Carolina, putting most of Georgia out of the projected rain area.

Bulloch County Public Safety/EMA put out a 5 a.m. update saying that conditions will continue to improve for the Statesboro area while the hurricane path remains in central South Carolina in the upcoming days.

“We will still see some windy conditions with the chance of a shower,” Bulloch County Public Safety/EMA said. “Flooding will continue for our friends near Florence for the next couple of days. By Monday Florence will be heading to the NE as a depression.”

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm conditions are possible in Statesboro Friday, and there is a 20 to 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Saturday. Showers are expected throughout the weekend and into next week.

University Response

As of Thursday at 3:15 p.m., there have been no updates on class cancellations/campus closures.

“Faculty and supervisors are reminded to work with students and employees who may be individually impacted by Hurricane Florence,” the university said in a post on the website’s homepage. “As administrators continue to monitor Hurricane Florence and weather conditions in our region, we will notify the University community if conditions worsen or if there are changes that affect operations.”

As part of the Georgia Southern Hurricane Plan, the Facilities are placing sandbags in areas of campus that are prone to collect high amounts of water.

“We are strategically pre-staging sandbags in areas know to collect water and/or in areas where we have had prior water intrusions as a precaution in preparation for the effects we may see from Hurricane Florence.” Associate Vice President for Facilities Katie Twining said in an email.

The George-Anne will continue to monitor Hurricane Florence’s path and provide updates.

Rachel Adams, The George-Anne News Reporter,

Shiann Sivell, The George-Anne Enterprise Reporter,