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Kemp Visits Savannah to Assess Preparations for Ian

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Florida may have borne the brunt of Hurricane Ian, but now Georgia is bracing for potential impacts.

Coastal Georgia is likely to get tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain.

Governor Brian Kemp flew to Savannah to assess preparations as Ian travels north, and expressed slight relief that the center of Ian appears to be veering east, more toward South Carolina than Georgia.

"Thankfully, we've been very lucky overnight that the storm continues to move out to sea and further eastward. But the coast is still going to be affected. Thank goodness it doesn't look like it's going to be as much as what we thought the path was going to be earlier in the week," Kemp said.

Officials in coastal Georgia are warning residents in low-lying areas such as Tybee Island to prepare for damaging storm surge, but Georgia's emergency management director said he doesn't think the state will experience mass flooding outside of areas that traditionally flood.