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Ian expected to cross Florida and head up the Georgia coast.

Hurricane Ian's projected path as of 5:00 AM on September 28.
Hurricane Ian's projected path as of 5:00 AM on September 28.

Hurricane Ian is set to make landfall on the west coast of Florida later today.

As of 5:00 AM, the storm had intensified into a category 4 hurricane with winds as high as 140 mph. In a briefing on Tuesday, Jamie Rhone , Acting Director of the National Hurricane Center, said, "You can see a well defined hurricane with a clear eye. This is not what you want to see in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, but it's unfortunately unfolding as predicted."

The National Weather Service predictsthat it’s likely that the Athens and Northeast Georgia area will see the impact of the storm on Friday and over the weekend.

Governor Brian Kemp has declared a state of emergency across Georgia beginning Thursday at 7:00 AM, and has put 500 members of the Georgia National Guard on standby.

Kemp is expected to pay a visit Wednesday morning to the state’s operations center in Atlanta.

Martin Matheny is WUGA's Program Director and a host and producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters.' He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on WUGA and GPB Classical. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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