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Hillsborough County. As of press time on Tuesday, Ian was projected to come ashore near Sarasota, Florida, as a Category 3 hurricane early Thursday.

South Georgia is expected to see impact from the storm late Thursday through Saturday, said Chris Stallings, director of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

Gov. Brian Kemp said some models also show the storm could become stationary over Georgia, which would turn it into a major rain event. “We have our whole team on active duty,” Kemp told reporters Monday afternoon. “We’re going to be proactive, planning ahead.”

Kemp said it’s too soon to determine whether he will declare a state of emergency in all or part of Georgia.

“I’ll use every power I’ve got to prepare for the storm and be ready when it hits,” he said.

The governor urged Georgians to monitor the storm as it evolves and take the necessary precautions to keep their families and neighbors safe if it intensifies.

Those who find themselves in Ian's eventual path can also consult the informational website https://, which includes tips on storm preparedness before, during, and after a hurricane.

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