ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's governor has declared a state of emergency for 56 counties as Tropical Storm Hermine heads toward Florida's Gulf Coast.
The alert takes effect at noon on Thursday and runs through midnight on Saturday. Gov. Nathan Deal says severe weather related to the storm is expected in Georgia through Saturday.
The counties in south, central, and coastal Georgia are included, and that includes most of the counties in the eastern and southern parts of the WALB coverage area.
The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency said Wednesday that the storm's greatest effect on Georgia could be heavy rainfall.
Director Jim Butterworth said the storm could bring flooding, tornadoes and power outages even if it does not make landfall in Georgia.