Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian P. Kemp has issued an Executive Order (HERE) ordering the mandatory evacuation of individuals east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties starting at noon on Monday, September 2nd, 2019. The Governor's order also directs the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to establish westerly contraflow on Interstate 16 starting at 8 AM on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.
Right now, the latest projections show Hurricane Dorian headed toward Georgia’s coastline. However, it is not forecast to make landfall in Georgia and the center of the storm is projected to remain almost 100 miles offshore. However, this storm is an immensely powerful category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph. On Wednesday (September 4th) and Thursday (September 5th), Coastal Georgia Counties can expect to receive 40 to 60 mph sustained winds, 3 to 6 feet of storm surge, and 4 to 6 inches of rainfall.
GEMA/HS is working on opening Red Cross Shelters in McDuffie, Laurens, Bibb, Coffee, and Ware Counties today. Information will be available on the GEMA/HS website at www.gema.ga.gov/emergencies-0/hurricane-dorian.