Mandatory evacuation for Georgia's coast

Posted September 08, 2017

An emergency manager on Georgia's coast says first responders and critical personnel will likely evacuate inland if Hurricane Irma threatens the area as a major hurricane.

Roy Cooper on Wednesday declared a state of emergency, which will go into effect at 8 a.m. today.

Gov. Nathan Deal issued the evacuation Thursday for all areas east of Interstate 95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of the interstate.

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"It's too soon to know how North Carolina will exactly be impacted", Cooper said, "but it is not too soon to get ready for it".

"We think we are as well prepared as we could possibly be", he said in the Oval Office. With the memories of flooding and damage from last year's Hurricane Matthew still on the minds of so many, officials had little problem stirring residents to action. The powerful storm, now at Category 5, is expected to reach SC late Monday.

Here's a closer look at how Georgia and the Carolinas are preparing for Irma.

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The governor also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to respond to the storm and expanded a state of emergency to 30 southeast Georgia counties.

McMaster signed a second executive order Thursday demanding owners of 2,370 dams release water to accommodate the heavy rain forecast with Hurricane Irma and allowing state regulators to lower water levels dams where owners failed to follow the order.

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