Hurricane Dorian is coming! Although his path has been consistently changing, state officials in the Southeast U.S. aren’t taking any chances in preparing their citizens ahead of the storm making landfall early next week.
On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued a State of Emergency for the entire state. The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a tweet, “Due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian, the Governor has declared a state of emergency for North Carolina. This includes the suspension of certain weighing requirements for livestock trucks and maximum hours for truck drivers.”
In addition, a price-gouging law designed to protect people from scammers is also now in effect in North Carolina, which states: “It is illegal to charge excessive prices during a state of emergency,” Attorney General Josh Stein said. According to MyFox8, the state of emergency declaration and price gouging law are directly related.
In Georgia, Governor Brian Kemp declared a State of Emergency for 12 counties in Southeast Georgia: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne. Kemp said Georgia could see winds greater than 39 mph extending more than 100 miles from the eye of the storm; southwest Georgia can expect 2-4 inches of rain throughout early next week.
Local agencies have already begun preparing for potential evacuations from Florida, which would significantly impact traffic in Georgia over the Labor Day weekend. In preparation for evacuees seeking refuge from the storm, Atlanta Motor Speedway said they are opening its camping facilities, which can accommodate thousands of people, for evacuation shelter.
The State Of Emergency announcements will ultimately help residents with preparations before the storm and assist with relief & recovery efforts after Dorian has passed.
On Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency to prepare for Hurricane Dorian, as its initial path would have directly impacted the whole state of Florida. DeSantis tweeted, “Today, I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure Florida is fully prepared for Hurricane Dorian.
The Governor continued, “It’s important for Floridians on the East Coast to monitor this storm closely. Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster. I will continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian closely with emergency management officials. The state stands ready to support all counties along the coast as they prepare.”
To everyone along the Atlantic coast: prepare, prepare, prepare! But most importantly, stay safe! ??