MACON, Ga. — With Hurricane Dorian slowly passing through the Bahamas, attention is turning to the Georgia coast and Florida.
Last week, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp placed 12 coastal Georgia counties under a state of emergency.
On Sunday night, he issued mandatory evacuation orders for six of those counties, including Chatham County effective Monday at noon.
Also on Monday, President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration order, which will provide the 12 counties listed under the emergency order with some federal funding from FEMA.
Dublin City Schools and Laurens County Schools will both be closed Tuesday as the high schools will be GEMA evacuation sites, and Dublin will be closed Wednesday as well.
Contraflow is set to begin Tuesday at 8 a.m. on I-16, so you will unable to go eastward towards Savannah past the Cochran exit.
Here are all available shelters, or locations for evacuees that we’re aware of:
Dublin High School (1127 Hillcrest Parkway)
East Laurens High School (920 US 80E)
Middle Georgia Motorsports Park (460 Woodland Road, space for RVs/campers/trailers but no hookup. Bathroom facilities available)
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State of Georgia Resources
- View up-to-date emergency declarations from Governor Kemp here.
- View updates from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency here.
- Visit Ready Georgia for weather alerts and emergency preparedness tips.
- Follow Georgia 511 for real-time traffic information.
- Learn what to do before, during, and after a flood here.
- Report power outages by contacting your power provider. The two main providers in Georgia are:
- Call your local non-emergency police line to report a downed tree on a main road.