Georgia, Carolinas Prepare for Possible Hurricane Irma Coastal Strike

Gulf Co. Prepares for Hurricane Irma; Declares Emergency

Gov. Ray Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon. "Irma is a powerful storm".

The storm's exact path is uncertain, but it could affect Georgia and the Carolinas early next week.

Here's a closer look at how Georgia and the Carolinas are preparing for Irma.

The Triad could begin feeling the effects of Irma with showers likely early next week, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

"We can't save you once the storm starts", said Scott.

Shortly after noon Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal announced the mandatory evacuation of all areas of Glynn, Camden and McIntosh counties east of I-95 as of Saturday, along with some areas west of I-95 in Glynn and Camden counties.

He stopped short of actually ordering a mandatory evacuation, but said those plans are based on the current information coming in on the projected path of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on SC. Sprayberry says his office is juggling a hurricane that could directly strike the coast or could come inland well south and bring heavy rain and wind to the mountains.

In the meantime, he urged South Carolinians to look up their evacuation zones and check for established evacuation routes for their communities. He stressed that emergency supplies such as water, non-perishable food, phones, chargers, flashlights, batteries, blankets and sleeping bags should be checked and restocked. With the memories of flooding and damage from last year's Hurricane Matthew still on the minds of so many, officials had little problem stirring residents to action.

The governor also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to respond to the storm and expanded a state of emergency to 30 southeast Georgia counties.

"It's time to get your family, your pets and your businesses ready for Irma", the governor said.

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