Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to go to Atlanta on Thursday in order to review the preparations made for Florence, the Category 4 hurricane that is expected to make landfall later this week.
According to a press release from the vice president’s office, Pence will stop by the Delta TechOps facility, meet with leadership and speak to employees. Afterward, he will visit the American Red Cross Disaster Field Supply Center in Atlanta.
The National Weather Service initially predicted that South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia would be the states directly in the storm’s path. However, it was projected Wednesday that Florence would shift slightly to the south and possibly hit Georgia as well.
President Donald Trump has already declared a state of emergency for South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for Georgia on Wednesday. Over 1.5 million people are under evacuation orders.
Trump tweeted about the danger to Georgia on Wednesday, saying, “Hurricane Florence may now be dipping a bit south and hitting a portion of the Great State of Georgia. Be ready, be prepared!”
“Get out of its way, don’t play games with it. It’s a big one, maybe as big as they’ve seen, and tremendous amounts of water…We’re fully prepared, food, medical, everything you can imagine, we are ready. But despite that, bad things can happen when you’re talking about a storm this size. It’s called Mother Nature, you never know, but we know,” he also said in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday morning.