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Hurricane Ian Could Pose Problems for Georgia Crops

As Hurricane Ian continues on its inexorable path, Georgia Governor Brain Kemp is placing the entire state under a State of Emergency in preparation for the storm’s anticipated impact this week. Forecasters expect the storm to begin moving through Georgia Friday. Heavy rains and damaging winds are likely. Pam Knox is an Agricultural Climatologist at the University of Georgia and the Director of the Weather Center. She says Ian’s timing could have potential devastating effects on some crops, prompting concerns Ian could pose a similar economic hit as Hurricane Michael a few years ago.

Knox says Athens is likely to see heavy rains and gusty winds. The State of Emergency goes into effect Thursday 7 am Thursday and is scheduled to end at midnight Friday.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!