BRUNSWICK, Ga. - As Hurricane Dorian continues moves away from the Bahamas, Georgia officials have initiated efforts to prepare for the storm's impact on the coast. Dorian remains a powerful Category 4 storm with sustained winds at 140 mph.
Here's the latest:
Dorian is remaining stationary off the coast of Florida.
Dorian remains stationary about 100 miles east of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2qV04Hqgnp— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 3, 2019
They eye of Dorian continues to wobble, but no real movement yet.
The eye of hurricane Dorian continues to wobble, but no real forward motion yet...hopefully soon. I'll have updates on the WSB-TV live stream at 10 pm and a new track at 11 pm on Channel 2. pic.twitter.com/nlQbJqOrht— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 3, 2019
Severe Weather Team 2's Brad Nitz says things have remained much of the same with the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center
I'll have a live update at 8:00 and 10:00 pm on the WSB-TV live stream at https://t.co/vaHKO8mnUj and through the WSB-TV app on Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 2, 2019
8:00 PM EDT Mon Sep 2
Location: 26.8°N 78.4°W
Min pressure: 942 mb
Max sustained: 140 mph pic.twitter.com/XmC4y8pO3f
Gov. Kemp signs executive order to move Georgia National Guardsmen to help with Hurricane Dorian preparations.
Tonight I've issued an Executive Order authorizing GA Department of Defense to provide up to 2,000 GA National Guardsmen for #Dorian prep, response & recovery. Adjutant General Carden is now empowered to call up Guardsmen to State Active Duty upon request of @GeorgiaEMA. #gapol pic.twitter.com/BiWG5RPnHq— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 2, 2019
Traffic is already at a crawl on I-16 near Macon as people start to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Dorian. The contraflow of lanes begins Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The @wsbradio @wsbtv Jam Cam in Macon shows heavy volume on I-16/wb at I-75 due to Hurricane #Dorian evacuations. Expect delays and please be patient. Contraflow begins tmw, Tuesday 9/3 at 8am where all traffic on I-16 will only be allowed to go westbound.#ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/xR1QcRIYUK— Mike Shields WSB (@MikeShieldsWSB) September 2, 2019
A hurricane watch has now been extended to the entire Georgia coast as Dorian remains a powerful Category 4 storm over the Bahamas.
Hurricane Watch is now in effect for the Georgia coast.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 2, 2019
Live tracking on Channel 2 now. pic.twitter.com/Pa1C0bEckc
Channel 2's Chris Jose is in Savannah, where some residents have chosen to stay and ride out the storm.
Falling trees, power outages and flooding are three of the biggest concerns officials have in Savannah. Despite a mandatory evacuation order, some residents are staying put. Live at 5. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/u1JGYRxYdU— Chris Jose (@ChrisJoseWSB) September 2, 2019
Hurricane Dorian now has sustained winds of 145 mph and remains a powerful Category 4 storm. The hurricane is currently stationary over the Bahamas.
5pm Dorian advisory coming in now. Sustained winds at 145 mph as it sits stationary.— Brad Nitz (@BradNitzWSB) September 2, 2019
Updated track live on Channel 2 at 5 pm. pic.twitter.com/15eNM1yyDk
We're at High Falls State Park covering this story. More at 4. https://t.co/9q3xaQ8qmi— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) September 2, 2019
The Braves are offering free tickets to evacuees from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina Tickets are for the games on Tuesday and Thursday.
Residents must show valid government IDs for specific coastal zip codes to be eligible.
"We welcome those who have been evacuated from their homes and we hope we can take their minds off the storm for a few hours," said Derek Schiller, Braves President and CEO. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted."
Gov. Brian Kemp gave another updates on preparations along the Georgia coastline ahead of Hurricane Dorian:
Airbnb is offering free housing for evacuees and volunteers in Georgia impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
Kemp is urging all residents of coastal Georgia to heed evacuation orders.
"This storm remains a critical threat to Georgia," Kemp says. "This storm is still moving. It's massive. I would not take any chances ... It's not worth the risk of riding it out."
"This storm remains a critical threat to Georgia."@GovKemp addressing local media in Savannah on the possible impact of #HurricaneDorain. The resources and strategies in place to support evacuation and public safety operations. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/ZF7jYfp6y0— Aaron Diamant (@AaronDiamantWSB) September 2, 2019
Kemp will hold a news conference at 11:20 a/m/ on Georgia evacuation plans.
Mandatory evacuation orders will take effect in an hour in six coastal Georgia counties east of I-95: Glynn, McIntosh, Camden, Liberty, Chatham and Bryan.
A hurricane watch has been extended into Georgia to the Altamaha sound. A storm surge watch is in effect from the Florida line to the Savannah River.
Kemp is on his way to the Georgia coast to work with officials there ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
.@GAFirstLady, @GA_DOI Commissioner John King, @GeorgiaEMA Director Bryson, and I are headed down to the coast as we work with local and federal emergency management officials to prepare for #HurricaneDorian. #gapol pic.twitter.com/A8V4DC1yWA— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) September 2, 2019
Traffic is already starting to slow headed out of Savannah. Officials will begin counterflow of traffic Tuesday.
All lanes of I-16 with be switched to westbound only from Savannah to U.S. 411 in Dublin Tuesday at 8 a.m.
President Donald Trump declared an emergency declaration for 12 southeast Georgia counties, allowing direct federal assistance in the form of personnel and assets to aid the affected region of Georgia. The counties are: Brantley, Bryan, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce and Wayne.
Currently, six shelter locations have been identified in Bibb, Columbia, Coffee, Laurens, McDuffie and Ware counties. Information regarding those shelter locations will be posted to the GEMA/HS website and social media pages.
GEMA/HS staff are meeting to discuss updates on #HurricaneDorian. We continue to monitor the storm and will provide information via our social media and webpage at https://t.co/QgfnszPQWr pic.twitter.com/SOA3limyyL— Georgia EM&HS (@GeorgiaEMA) September 2, 2019
Hurricane watches extend all the way to the Georgia/Florida line, though no watches are in effect yet for any Georgia counties.
In a statement, the College of Coastal Georgia announced it will cancel classes and suspend nonessential operations in Brunswick and Camden on Tuesday. Residence halls will stay open and food services and campus police will continue to operate, the college said.
A statement from Savannah State University said the school will close student housing Monday at 6 p.m. and will cancel classes on campus Tuesday "out of an abundance of caution."
"Hurricane Dorian‘s path remains uncertain, but it is expected that Savannah's coastal area will experience tropical-storm-force winds and substantial rainfall, which could lead to campus flooding and power outages," the statement said.
Students were directed to make immediate plans to leave the campus or to make contact with a residence hall director for help.
Savannah College of Art and Design closed the campus immediately due to the magnitude of the storm and postponed fall orientation and move-in until at least Sept. 9. Fall quarter classes won't start until at least Sept. 11, the college said.
Georgia Southern University, which has a campus in Savannah, has canceled classes Tuesday and Wednesday, state officials said Monday. Dining services will be open Tuesday.
Augusta University will begin receiving evacuees, a University System of Georgia spokeswoman said Monday.
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