(Cleveland)-  Northeast Georgia residents should be preparing for a lot of rain the next 24-hours as Hurricane Sally tracks across the state of Georgia.  National Weather Forecasters say the higher rainfall totals are likely to occur in the middle part of the state, but we will still get more than our share of the rain.  Periods of heavy rainfall are expected with rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches.  Along with the heavy rain and possible flooding, the wind will be quite strong as well.  

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory that is in effect from 6 PM  Wednesday evening until 11 AM Thursday.  East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph expected. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Downed trees and power lines due to high winds and saturated soils. Power outages are also possible.

White County along with Cleveland and Helen City officials met Wednesday morning and discussed the plans to deal with the storm and have all equipment checked out. White County Public Safety Director, David Murphy said they been down this road before, “ this is something we have dealt with several times before with these tropical storms and we have some areas that flash flood so we are making sure we are prepared for anything that might arise over the next 24-hours.”

Murphy says this weather threat comes at a time that we all should be thinking about being prepared, “ September is National Preparedness Month,  a month that everybody needs to take and review their home emergency plans, make sure they are stockpiled on water, food and prescriptions and things they may need in the event they cannot get to a store.  They also take time to do a communications plan so they know how to communicate with their loved ones, “ said Murphy. 

He also said,  “We also review our plans to make sure we have everything up-to-date as necessary in the event we need to activate.”