Ga. governor: Savannah, Chatham County under 'mandatory evacuation' starting Saturday

Ga. governor: Savannah, Chatham County under 'mandatory evacuation' starting Saturday

Ga. governor: Savannah, Chatham County under 'mandatory evacuation' starting Saturday

Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century, plowed past the Dominican Republic toward Haiti on Thursday after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people.

Hurricane Irma's top sustained winds on Thursday at 5 p.m. were 175 miles per hour, keeping it classified as a category five as it heads toward Florida. It's moving west-northwest at 14 miles per hour. Listen to local officials and evacuate as instructed. "That's what a lot of people who evacuated are using for shelter".

"This is not one to fool around with", said Cammy Clark, spokeswoman for Monroe County, which contains the Keys. "We have a significant amount of mobile homes in our community and all of our RV parks are full".

"The hurricane winds lashed the shutters violently, throughout the night", he wrote in a text message, "making sleep impossible". "We need residents and visitors to ensure they are ready: check your emergency plans, restock your emergency kits and pay close attention in the coming days to the weather forecast".

If those outages happen, Dominion will work to restore power as quickly as possible, starting with hospitals, emergency call centers and other critical services, she said. "So I'm sticking with my final decision and we're out of here". "This has Andrew beat".

Evacuations have been ordered only for six counties directly on the Georgia coast, affecting almost 540,000 people. Gas stations and grocery stores saw long lines Wednesday as people either fled to a safer area or stocked up supplies to ride out the storm.

He said emergency managers are preparing for the storm, but they are also planning recovery efforts.

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Police are ready to aid Haywood Emergency Services with the evacuation of residents in low-lying areas and help with food and water distribution to emergency shelters if necessary. After days of predictions and forecasts, the storm has finally hit and is now making it's way across Florida.

An updated map showing the Georgia counties under a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma as of Thursday, September 7, 2017.

In response to that, Georgia Power is monitoring the storm and offers tips for its customers. The evacuation orders go into effect on Saturday.

"This storm has the potential to devastate this state, and you have to take this seriously", Scott said Tuesday from the state's emergency operations center in Tallahassee, the state capital. "You can rebuild your home, get your posesssions again, but you cannot rebuild your life or your family".

The threat of the storm has put much of the state on edge.

Savannah State University has also cancelled classes through Tuesday and evacuations are underway. Some models have it slashing up the east coast, while other models have it cutting northward through the middle of the peninsula.

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