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Hurricane Michael is expected to have a severe inland impact in southwest and central Georgia beginning Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working closely with state, federal and industry partners to support the safety and comfort of Georgia citizens, their animals and our neighbors along the Gulf Coast fleeing the storm.

Areas impacted by Hurricane Michael, particularly in Southwest and Central Georgia, should expect heavy rainfall, flash flooding, damaging winds and a potential for tornadoes.

To assist those evacuating with animals, GDA has temporarily suspended Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for entry into Georgia for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida. The suspension of entry requirements applies to animals entering Georgia from Florida only. For more information regarding the suspended requirements visit http://agr.georgia.gov/gda-hurricane-response.aspx.

Efforts to coordinate state-wide pet and pet-friendly shelters are underway. Efforts to identify temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock are also ongoing. Updated information regarding all animal sheltering locations is available at http://agr.georgia.gov/gda-hurricane-response.aspx.

Additionally, the GDA is working with fuel and food retail license holders to ensure they are informed regarding storm preparation and response.

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