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Georgia 'dodged a bullet,' Gov. Kemp says as Ian moves east

Georgia only experienced mild impacts from the storm, according to the governor.

ATLANTA — 11Alive StormTrackers are monitoring Ian as begins to move up the east coast toward South Carolina, after leaving heavy damage and knocking out power to 2 million people in Florida.

Rain and winds associated with Hurricane Ian are likely in north Georgia Friday and Saturday. >>This timeline breaks down the forecast for our area and what we know. 

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Get updates from Friday below as we track weather developments and community impacts. The timestamps are in EST.

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9:00 a.m. | Georgia "dodged a bullet." That was Gov. Kemp's message Friday morning as Hurricane Ian continued to move east, creating only mild impacts for the Peach State. The governor explained that parts of the Georgia coast experienced mild winds around 25 mph, along with minimal flooding.

Now, he said the attention turns to helping those in Florida already heavily damaged by the storm, along with South Carolina, who are currently in Ian's path. Gov. Kemp added that there is still capacity for evacuees in Georgia's state parks, shelters, and hotels.

8:00 a.m. | Ian is currently a category 1 hurricane with winds at the center of circulation at 85 mph. Gust 105 mph.

5:30 a.m. | Northeast winds will be sustained 15 - 20 mph with gusts that could top 30 mph at times on Friday. There is a Wind Advisory that will last until 8 p.m. In these areas, wind gusts up to 40 mph are possible.

1:47 a.m. | With winds picking up to 85 mph (140 kph) by 1 a.m. Friday, Ian was forecast to shove a storm surge of 5 feet (1.5 meters) into coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas. 



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