Gov. Bryan Kemp announced mandatory evacuations for parts of six counties as Hurricane Dorian moved slowly toward the East Coast.
The evacuations begin at noon Monday and will affect residents who live east of Interstate 95 in the following counties:
A westerly contraflow on Interstate 16 will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday and will be directed by Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane when the storm made landfall over the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon. At 11 p.m., the hurricane had maximum winds of 180 mph and was moving west toward Florida’s Atlantic coastline, according to an update from the National Hurricane Center.
In Kemp’s executive order, he called Dorian a “historic” storm and said the hurricane could cause downed trees and power lines and flooding in Georgia.
Debris could also block roadways, the order says, making them impassable and “isolating residents and persons from from access to essential public services.”
Dorian is expect to make a northern turn and skirt up the Atlantic Coastline this week, likely affecting Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency and ordered a mandatory evacuation for parts of eight coastal counties.
Click here for the latest updates on Dorian from the National Hurricane Center.