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Keep a Close Eye on Hurricane Debby
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Graphic: Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center
Here are the actual (black) and forecast (red) paths of Hurricane Debby as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, as released by the National Hurricane Center. (Larger image)

Early Wednesday, the best forecast guidance had Hurricane Debby near the southeastern U.S. coast by Friday. Debby was packing the potential of develop into a major hurricane (category 3 or higher) by late week.

Hurricanes can impact the entire state of Georgia, including the mountains. Along the coast the greatest concern is the storm surge, which can cause major flooding and cut off evacuation routes.

Away from the immediate coast, flooding and wind damage are the concerns. Historically, most people who die in hurricanes die from drowning. Tornados are also common as tropical weather systems move over land.

Don't Wait; Be Prepared

It can rarely be known many days in advance whether Debby or any other hurricane will impact Georgia. But the time to prepare is before these storms arrive.

  • Review your family hurricane plan and evacuation route.
  • Take an inventory of emergency supplies.
  • Check the working condition of your NOAA weather radio.
  • See the University of Georgia Storm and Excess Water page for more suggestions.

All Georgians need to keep advised of the latest statements and warnings concerning Debby and any hurricanes that threaten the state. A NOAA weather radio is the best source for current weather warnings and information.

Official State-of-Georgia information is available from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency page.

(David Emory Stooksbury is associate professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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