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No evacuation needed for Chatham County, officials say; moderate risk of high winds, heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence
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Chatham Emergency Management Agency announced Wednesday afternoon that for the Savannah area there is a "moderate risk for wind, a very low risk for storm surge, and a low risk for flooding as associated with rainfall" from Hurricane Florence, CEMA Director Dennis Jones said at a 1:30 p.m. update

"This storm doesn't necessitate any kind of evacuation order" for the local area, Jones said. "We do encourage residents however if they feel they need to do something to protect their family, they can do that."

"Chatham County is not in any warnings or watches at this time," Jones said.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for the entire state about an hour prior.

CEMA says they are "not looking at any significant storm surge damage," but are  "looking at possibly a little bit of rainfall" from Florence after it makes landfall near the NC/SC border.

"All of the dangerous activity is in the northern part of the storm," Jones said.

Jones said, "The earliest reasonable time we'll see impacts looks to be around Thursday at 8 p.m. The most likely time Friday would be around 8 p.m."

"There are still probabilities of us receiving tropical force storm winds" at a moderate level," he said.

Jones said there could be 24 hours of sustained tropical storm force winds locally.

"It's likely, but not probable," he said.

Jones said "residual impacts" may continue be felt as late as Monday.