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Governor declares state of emergency

POSTED: October 4, 2016 3:53 p.m.
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Tuesday afternoon's NOAA tracking map shows Hurricane Matthew coming closer to the Georgia coast than earlier predictions.

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Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, Gov. Nathan Deal today issued a state of emergency for 13 counties in Georgia’s coastal areas.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Hurricane Matthew will travel dangerously close to the southeastern region of Georgia.

“Hurricane Matthew is forecast to potentially impact the Georgia coast within 72 hours,” Deal said. “While the exact effects are unknown at this time, I’ve issued an emergency declaration for coastal counties effective October 5 and extending for seven days. I’ve ordered the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency to work with appropriate state and local agencies to ensure all precautions are taken to protect residents and minimize risks to property and roads. The safety of Georgians is our first priority, and we urge residents in these areas to remain calm but vigilant as they prepare for potential impact.”

The state of emergency includes the following 13 counties: Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Wayne counties.

GEMHSA is coordinating preparedness efforts and will provide updates as available.

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