Tropical Storm Ian: Wind Advisory issued for North and Central Georgia

Justine Lookenott

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Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday, September 28, 2022(Image by Getty Images)

(Forsyth County, GA) The National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City has issued a Wind Advisory for parts of North and Central Georgia through 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

Winds from 20 to 25 mph with wind gusts up to 35 mph are possible.

Governor Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency for all of Georgia beginning Thursday, September 29 at 7 a.m. to run through midnight on Friday, October 28 due to threats from Hurricane Ian.

The category 4 storm hit the west coast of Florida, near Fort Myers, on Wednesday, September 28 at 4:35 p.m. It has since traveled to the eastern coast of Florida and is moving north en route to the coast of South Carolina.

Impacts from the hurricane are expected to hit the area starting today through late Saturday including heavy rainfall of one to three inches, wind gusts, isolated power outages and downed trees and limbs. Localized flash flooding is possible across eastern Georgia.

The NWS advises Georgians to use caution and make sure objects outside are secured.

According to a Facebook post from the Forsyth County government, the Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and other public safety officials met on Tuesday, September 27 to plan for the impact Hurricane Ian might have on the county.

EMA Director Chris Grimes said they are treating the hurricane the same way they treat most special weather events.

“Maybe it's snow in the wintertime, a hurricane that's coming, where we bring all of our partners together,” Grimes said. “And we will do special weather briefings that are done by the National Weather Service. And then usually after we have a discussion about what different agents are doing to prepare, what needs do they have, and look at what the impacts as a whole community are going to be.”

For more information, visit the National Weather Service website.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

To learn more about Hurricane Ian, read “Hurricane Ian: How to prepare for the storm in Forsyth County.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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