Hurricane Hermine Update - 9/2/16

9/1/2016

Hermine made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane just east of St. Marks, Florida, at 1:30 a.m. EDT Friday. Wind gusts over 50 mph continued in parts of south Georgia and north Florida early Friday morning. Heavy rain from Hermine will continue to impact areas from Florida to Georgia and the Carolinas on Friday. Tropical storm-force winds, isolated tornadoes and storm surge flooding are also threats in that same area.
 
Yesterday, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for 56 counties in southern and middle Georgia ahead of Hermine. The state of emergency went into effect at noon Thursday and extends through midnight Saturday. 
 
The Disaster Response Team of South Georgia continues to monitor the affects of the storm closely.
 
If your local church has experience damage from this storm, first contact your District Superintendent. He or she will assist you in reporting it to conference leadership so that assessments can be made.  
 
Our connectional system is often at its best when we come together to help those in need. We sincerely appreciate the help many of you have given to the Louisiana flood recovery efforts.
 
Please also note that there is also an Early Response Team training set for October 15 at The Gathering in Valdosta. This training will help equip individuals and teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster such as this one.
 
We will continue to keep you informed of any needs as we hear of them. Join us in prayer for those in harm's way.