"Given the risk of strong winds and potential for flooding in these areas, if you decide not to evacuate, I want to be clear -- you will be on your own if first responders are unable to reach you," Kemp said at the
Effects from the storm are predicted to start Tuesday evening.
"It's also going to bring a really tough storm surge force down here," Kemp said. "I know right now we're experiencing high tides because of the moon phase that we're in -- we're predicting 3-6 feet of storm surge along the coast, and heavy rainfall of 4-6 inches, which may cause flash flooding."
Over Kemp's right shoulder hung one of four massive wall-mounted display screens, this one showing a color-coded map of water and sewer system facilities and their functionality. The coordination between local officials,
For people who are evacuating, Kemp said state officials are "working with the
He noted that agencies also have staff on standby and ready for post-storm response.
"Even with all this preparation, we still cannot stress enough that Hurricane Dorian remains a significant threat to our state," Kemp said. "We strongly urge all residents to stay vigilant and track its path and continue to evaluate the potential impact on themselves and their families."
Bryson, also noting the coordination between different levels of government, reiterated that the federal declaration of a state of emergency Sunday evening freed up the
"We've worked multiple times a day on communicating with coastal counties to ensure we're in lockstep with what your needs are and what we can do to assist those needs and ensure that we're messaging to our citizens of the seriousness of this storm and what action they need to take," Bryson said.
Focusing on the recovery effort to come, King said resources are ready to deploy, even though the extent of need is not yet known.
"We're rallying not only industry, insurance companies, but as soon as routes are open, we can start bringing teams in to help assist people getting back on their feet," King said. "This is an incredibly resilient community. I've been coming down here in one way or another for over 20 years, and so I know the grit you all bring to this, and we all stand with you."
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