Hurricane Dorian

MOULTRIE, Ga. — An eastward shift in the projected path of Hurricane Dorian offers the hope of respite for people in Colquitt County and many other places in Georgia and Florida, but local emergency officials warn we aren’t out of the woods yet.

In a text message Saturday afternoon, Colquitt County Emergency Management Director Russell Moody said, “We are looking better with the track moving east BUT we still have the cone that is very near us. Dorian could come back west. We still need to be prepared.”

Forecasters expect Dorian, a Category 4 hurricane packing 150 mph winds, to hit the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday before curving upward. The storm’s march north could spare the U.S. a direct hit but still threatens Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas with powerful winds and rising ocean water that causes potentially deadly flooding.

Emergency officials and government representatives were scheduled to meet Sunday afternoon to discuss how they would react to the storm, but the changing forecast caused that meeting to be rescheduled for Tuesday morning.

For more on the storm, click the link to the Associated Press story at left.

The Observer will continue to post updates on Hurricane Dorian to through the holiday weekend.

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