GEORGIA PREPARES FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW - 11Alive Storm Trackers predict Hurricane Matthew will have little impact on Metro Atlanta, but could bring heavy rain, rough surf, and strong winds to the Georgia coast.
There is a mandatory evacuation order for all of Chatham County. Residents are asked to please evacuate to a safe location.
Visit Chatham Emergency Management for more information.
Glenn County is under a voluntary evacuation for the St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, and Little St. Simons Island, low lying areas, and mobile homes. It means testimony in the Ross Harris murder trial has been canceled for both Thursday and Friday.
Other counties where a voluntary evacuation is encouraged include: Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh and Camden.
At Georgia Emergency Management Agency's operations center, officials are closely monitoring the path of the storm.
GEMA Director Jim Butterworth said state agencies will react as needed.
Officials urged those who could be in the path of the storm to prepare as early as possible.
The American Red Cross is scrambling to get supples in place before the hurricane hits the southeast coast. The Disaster Field Supply Center in Union County was working Wednesday to load up cots, blankets, hygiene items, and kitchen supplies.
The Red Cross said they're working to mobilize volunteers because it's the most powerful hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007.
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