ATLANTA - As Hurricane Ian made landfall at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday on Florida's gulf coast, residents of the southeastern Atlantic Coast anxiously anticipate the looming storm's potential second landfall.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a state of emergency for all Georgia counties as the state prepares for Ian's effects.
Hurricane Ian was a Category 4 storm at its peak, just shy of the wind speed mark to be a Category 5. Ian weakened to a tropical storm on Thursday with winds of up to 65 miles per hour.
When, where will Tropical Storm Ian make second landfall?
The cone of uncertainty showed Ian's path move east of Coastal Georgia counties such as Camden County, Glynn County, McIntosh County, Liberty County, Bryan County and Chatham County.
As Ian poured on Central Florida overnight, the projected track shifted further and further toward the Atlantic Ocean. It could make landfall as a category 1 hurricane somewhere near Charleston, South Carolina.
Officials predicted on Thursday Georgia would feel most of the effects on Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. Brunswick and Savannah are two of the coastal cities preparing for storm surge and intense winds from a restrengthened Hurricane Ian.
Impacts in north Georgia may be less than previously expected with less rain and wind. Impacts to north Georgia and metro Atlanta will be minimal: several inches of rain in northeastern areas and potentially gusty conditions.
Hurricane Ian's path could instead stay east and pass into South Carolina or head toward the Atlantic Ocean.