As Hurricane Dorian starts its northwestward trajectory from Grand Bahama Island to the U.S. Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said the exact path of the Category 2 storm remains unclear, but preparations should be in place.
“Still a lot going on. Still not sure where the path is going to be. Still taking this very seriously,” Kemp said ahead of a meeting with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency late Tuesday morning.
The storm, which was a Category 5 on Sunday before wind speeds dropped, is expected to move north, then northeastward near the coasts of northeastern Florida, Georgia and southern South Carolina Wednesday. Storm-surge flooding, beach erosion and winds are all possible in the three states, meteorologists predict.
Kemp signed an executive order Monday night calling 2,000 Georgia National Guardsmen to active duty to assist in the preparation and aftermath of the storm.
Both tropical storm and hurricane watches have been issued in the state by the National Hurricane Center just before noon Tuesday.
Mandatory evacuations are in effect for counties east of I-95. They are: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.
“Now is the time to put your emergency plan into action. Stay tuned to your local news and follow all guidance from your local emergency management officials,” emergency officials warn.
A state of emergency was declared by Kemp in 11 Georgia counties. Many schools and universities remained closed after the Labor Day break.
President Donald Trump also signed an emergency declaration for the state Monday, which means federal aid will be available if needed after the storm.
Kemp plans to update the public after his meeting with the emergency management officials Tuesday.