The size, catergory and strength of winds are important but there are many other aspects to a hurricane that make it dangerous.
It's important to be prepared. When one of these storms is approaching the region, it's imperative to be able to respond and protect yourself before damaging conditions get to South Georgia.
First, look to see if you're in an evacuation zone and be familiar with the quickest route to safety.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Kelly Godsey says "the best way for folks in Southwest Georgia to get prepared is to get a hurricane disaster kit ready. Even though we are inland, the strong winds may be enough to knock out power for a few days and interrupt the water supply so it's good to store three to five days worth of water and other non-perishible foods."
The forecast process stil isn't perfect but has improved over the past ten years. When a hurricane is threatning, make sure to listen to local media to get what hazards are expect witht hat particular storm.