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Georgia governor orders evacuation of Savannah, coast ahead of Irma

08 September 2017, 12:52 | Rodolfo Quinn

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The governor of the southern U.S. state of Georgia on Thursday ordered the mandatory evacuation of the city of Savannah and other coastal areas ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Georgia issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal areas, including Savannah, starting Saturday, while portions of the southern tip of Florida are already under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders.

Gov. Ray Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon.

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 is not too soon to get ready", Cooper said.

North Carolina is still several days away from feeling the effects of Irma, but could begin to feel wind from the storm Sunday and see rough surf and beach erosion as early as today.

Cooper added that many North Carolinians still lack a permanent home after being displaced by Hurricane Matthew previous year, and they will need to be cared for. The powerful storm, now at Category 5, is expected to reach SC late Monday.

State emergency officials said they don't want people to panic but want those in hurricane-prone areas to be prepared. "This state of emergency also ensures aid for the six counties potentially impacted by this catastrophic storm". Residents are also being advised to prepare an emergency kit and have a family disaster plan in place, the Aiken Standard reported.

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