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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, home to nearly 150,000 people.
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.
It comes as mandatory evacuations in Florida continue to multiply.
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.
The head of FEMA said on Thursday that Hurricane Irma will have a ‘truly devastating’ impact when it slams into southern coastal areas of the United States this weekend.