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Hurricane Ian threat cancelling, shifting plans for Newton County events
Hurricane Ian
Hurricane Ian threatens Florida and Georgia as of Monday evening.

COVINGTON, Ga. — Hurricane Ian's forecasted threat has already created a list of schedule changes and event cancellations in Covington and Newton County for the coming weekend. 

Everything from groundbreaking ceremonies to Friday night football games are being affected by the likely possibility that parts of Georgia will see at least some impact from the latest tropical storm. 

As of Tuesday morning, Hurricane Ian was entering into Cuba and bearing down on Florida's west coast as a Category 3 storm, and virtually all weather reports say the storm will continue to quickly and steadily intensify. According to, Ian should hit the Florida coast by Wednesday afternoon and then head in the general direction of either the Florida panhandle or Florida peninsula by Thursday. 

As for Covington and the rest of the metro Atlanta area, current forecasts are calling for an 80% chance of rain Friday, a 90% chance on Friday night into Saturday and a 58% chance of lighter showers on Sunday. The Newton County area could see upwards of 1-2 inches of rain before it’s all said and done. 

Here's a list of cancellations and schedule changes that we currently know. This list will continue to update as we receive more information. 


  • The Lidl groundbreaking originally scheduled for Friday Sept. 30 will be postponed to a date to be determined.


  • The Eastside at Loganville high school football game originally scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. has been rescheduled a day earlier, Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Newton High School's Homecoming Night football game against Grayson will be moved to Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m., still at Sharp Stadium. Tickets for Thursday's game are available for purchase here
  • Alcovy High School's football game at Morrow High will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.
  • 28th annual Friendship Festival originally scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, is rescheduled to Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in downtown Social Circle.

Stay tuned to for more updates on weather-related cancellations and rescheduled events.