(ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Georgia’s governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation starting on Saturday from the state’s Atlantic coast ahead of Hurricane Irma. That includes the city of Savannah.
Gov. Nathan Deal issued the evacuation Thursday for all areas east of Interstate 95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of the interstate. He also expanded a state of emergency to 30 counties.
Deal’s order authorizes about 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on active duty to help people respond and recover.
Georgia hasn’t been hit by a hurricane with winds Category 3 or higher since 1898.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, also declared a state of emergency. A major strike there would be the first in nearly 28 years.