dr martens 1460 boot cherry red Deal adds 24 more counties to State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma
ATLANTA The latest track for Hurricane Irma has it getting closer to metro Atlanta.
This comes after a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency. There are now a total of 30 counties included in this State of Emergency.
Severe Weather Team 2 is tracking the path of the massive storm on Channel 2 Action News.
Breaking: Gov. Deal adds 24 additional counties to the list covered by his State of Emergency executive order. Saturday. A contraflow means the eastbound lanes will be closed and used for westbound traffic evacuating the coast.
I expanded the state of emergency to 24 additional counties ordered mandatory evac for some.
The State of Emergency prohibits price gouging for all goods and services related to the storm.
In a statement Deal said, state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma, said Deal. encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible. Beginning Saturday, a mandatory evacuation order will take effect for Chatham County, all areas east of I 95 and some areas west of I 95 that could be impacted by this catastrophic hurricane and storm surge. GEMA/HS continues leading our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to safely evacuate the coastal areas, provide public shelter and minimize the disruption of traffic. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in Hurricane Irma path. Georgia Southern University announced it will close and classes will be canceled Sept. 8 12.
Weather alert (1/2): Based on projections for HurricaneIrma, GeorgiaSouthern will close classes will be canceled Sept. 8 for the duration of the storm.
On Wednesday, we spoke exclusively with FEMA Region 4 Response Division Director Gwen Keenan, based in metro Atlanta,
who is coordinating the massive federal response to the storm.
“It a huge storm; it a very serious storm,” she stressed.
Fifteen federal agencies represented in the response center are propositioning people in Florida, Georgia and throughout the southeast. FEMA staff is also mobilizing resources from urban search crews, to food and fuel supplies, to disaster medical teams.
Volunteers prepare to aid in Irma relief
Volunteers at Caring for Others were busy packing up boxes of brand new clothing and household items Wednesday night to help get the people of Texas back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey.
“We just talking about three states over. We going to do what we can to help them, because you never know. It could be you,” volunteer Julian Dillard told Channel 2 Carl Willis.
But even as they seal up the boxes that will head out in a few days, they watching Hurricane Irma threaten to create even more victims.
“It wait and see as our trucks come in. We try to put everything together. It just a wait and see as (to) where the needs are most right now,” Dillard said.
Irma was pulverizing the Caribbean, where Atlanta resident Diana Ferguson was stranded when her airline canceled her flight.