Michael is on the way
Elbert County is expected to see wind gusts of 73 mph and flash flooding
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency as of Wednesday afternoon for 108 counties, including Elbert County, due to anticipation of severe weather associated with Hurricane Michael.
During a briefing with the National Weather Service out of the Greenville-Spartanburg area at the Elbert County Emergency Services Center on Wednesday morning, Elbert County is expected to see sustained winds at 39 mph with wind gusts of up to 73 mph all day on Thursday.
According to Elberton Police Department Chief Welsh, the severe weather is anticipated to begin late Wednesday evening and in the early hours Thursday morning with the most severe at sunrise.
Elbert County Emergency Services reported that the “most intense part of the storm will affect [the Elbert County] area as the eye passes over Augusta at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday morning.”
Elbert County Emergency Services also reports that Elbert County is at risk for flash flooding and expected to have 3 to 5 inches of rain within a short six to eight hour period.
There is limited risk for tornadic activity, according to the National Weather Service.
“Confidence with this forecast is high,” Elbert County Emergency Services personnel reported.
A tropical storm warning will remain in effect for Elbert County until Friday.
Citizens are strongly encouraged to be prepared for power outages.
According to Elbert County Emergency Services, the chance of fallen trees and power line damage is high.
Elbert County Schools District Superintendent Chuck Bell announced Wednesday afternoon that schools will be closed Thursday in anticipation of severe weather.