94 Georgia counties now under state of emergency ahead of Irma
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Friday afternoon, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal expanded the state of emergency declaration to cover 64 additional counties, bringing the total number of counties under a state of emergency to 94.
The counties under a state of emergency as of Friday afternoon are as follows: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bibb, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Chattahoochee, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Grady, Harris, Houston, Irwin, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Jones, Lamar, Lanier, Laurens, Lee, Liberty, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McIntosh, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscogee, Peach, Pierce, Pike, Pulaski, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Upson, Ware, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkinson and Worth Counties.
This update comes as the path of Hurricane Irma has shifted west, bringing hurricane force winds, rain and potential flooding along with it.
A mandatory evacuation order remains in place for all of Chatham County as well as coastal areas east of I-95. Contraflow of I-16E between Dublin and Savannah will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.