Florence is predicted to make landfall tomorrow, with states of emergency in effect in North and SC and Virginia.
Deal's declaration Wednesday covers comes as the National Weather Service's storm forecast shows a chance that Florence's track might turn toward the southwest as it approaches the Carolinas later this week. As of 10 a.m. Thursday, weather models showed Coweta County just on the edge of the watch area.
As Hurricane Florence continues barreling toward the Carolinas, NASA has posted a remarkable video of the storm with winds approaching 130 miles per hour.
"Once the storm starts to move inland it will break apart", Jones explained.More news: Almost 40 fires and explosions erupt in MA
The last time the U.S. capital declared a state of emergency was in January 2016 when a winter storm dubbed "Snowzilla" blanketed the capital region in knee-deep snow.
That system could develop into a tropical depression by Thursday night.
In addition to the heavy rain potential, gusty winds will also be a good bet.
However, it's not too late to prepare for Hurricane Florence - or any other storm that may move through Coweta County.
The Union Point Park Complex is seen flooded as the Hurricane Florence comes ashore in New Bern, North Carolina, U.S., September 13, 2018. At this time, the outer eyewall of Florence was making landfall in the the area of Wilmington, N.C.as a Category 1 hurricane.More news: Bezos: Amazon HQ2 decision will be made by end of the year
"This is not a storm that people need to ride out", Cooper told reporters.
The declaration covers nearly the entire state and includes Coweta County and the surrounding area.
Fierce winds and massive waves are expected to lash the coasts of North and SC and Virginia even before Florence makes landfall by early Friday, bringing a storm surge as much as 13 feet (4 meters).
"The National Hurricane Center forecasts additional strengthening for Florence before it reaches the coastline of North Carolina and SC early Friday, Sept. 14", NASA wrote in the description of the video.
Those in the storm's surge warning should brace themselves fro rising waters moving inland from the coast over the next 36 hours.More news: Paul Manafort may have struck a deal with Robert Mueller
"Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and significant river flooding is likely over portions of the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states from late this week into early next week", the center stated in a 5 a.m. update that said the storm was approximately 580 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.