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Hurricane Irma Could Hit Coastal Georgia Monday

Sep 7, 2017

The latest forecast model for hurricane Irma shows a possible landfall in the Savannah Area on Monday.  But the so called cone of probability is about 200 miles wide.  

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Gov. Nathan Deal issued an emergency declaration Wednesday for the entire 100 miles of Georgia Coast, which includes Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties.  

Officials there are planning for a direct hit, but are hoping for a better outcome.  So far no evacuations have been ordered.

"That storm is still four to five days out," Don Sullens, with the Chatham County Emergency Management Agency, said. "It hasn't made the turn yet and final decisions can't be made until we figure out exactly what the track is going to be."

People in the area are advised to make evacuation plans should the order come.  

A lot will depend on the path and the strength of Irma as it moves North.

"It's going to be weakening a little bit," National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Nelson said. 

But he warned "if it stays off the Florida coast as it moves north, this will likely be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall in either Georgia or South Carolina. 

Nelson said Atlanta could see gusty winds as Irma moves inland next week.