Hurricane Idalia: Gov. Kemp issues State of Emergency for all of Georgia

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a State of Emergency for all of Georgia as the state prepares for Hurricane Idalia.

The order went into effect after Kemp signed it Tuesday and will last until 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 8. The executive order can be read here.

“We are taking every precaution ahead of Hurricane Idalia’s landfall tomorrow, and I am taking this additional executive action to ensure state assets are ready to respond” Kemp said. “Georgians in the expected impact area can and should take necessary steps to ensure their safety and that of their families. We are well positioned to respond to whatever Idalia may bring.”

Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan says Idalia strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Wednesday morning. Landfall is expected in Florida sometime Wednesday morning.

Monahan says Idalia is expected to weaken to a Category 2 storm as it moves across south Georgia.

State of emergencies have also been issued in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina.