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September 8, 2017

Governor Nathan Deal has issued a state of emergency for 94 Georgia counties in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The governor has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County, and some areas west of I-95. See if you're in a mandatory evacuation area with the governor's map (JPG).

Hurricane Irma is on its way. If you’re in Irma’s path, prepare now to take shelter.

Open Shelters

Location information last updated September 8, 2017 at 6:40 p.m. Find new shelters as they open up with the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and Georgia State Parks.

Red Cross Shelters

The following Red Cross shelter locations are currently open:

East Macon Park
3326 Ocmulgee E Boulevard
Macon, Georgia 3127

North Macon Park Community Center
815 N Macon Park Drive
Macon, Georgia 31210

More from Macon-Bibb County.

Columbus Civic Center
400 4th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901

Westside High School
1002 Patriots Way
Augusta, Georgia 30904

Ware County High School
700 Victory Drive
Waycross, Georgia 31503

More from Ware County High School.

Blackshear Trail Elementary School
1001 Blackshear Road
Cordele, Georgia 31015

Campgrounds

The following campgrounds are currently open for hurricane evacuees:

West Point Lake

The West Point Lake Holiday campground is open to evacuees. You are encouraged to call the campground in advance at 706-884-6818. You’ll register upon arrival at the campground gatehouse. Please provide identification to verify that you live in one of the impacted areas.

Holiday Campground (West Point Lake)
954 Abbottsford Road
LaGrange, Georgia 30240

The park is located off GA Highway 109, about 10 miles west of LaGrange, GA.

Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Atlanta Motor Speedway unreserved camping facilities are open, free of charge, to hurricane evacuees for RV and tent camping. For more information, call the speedway at 770-946-4211.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Camping
75 Turnipseed Road
Hampton, Georgia 30228

From GA Highway 19/41, enter the facility at Entrance “E,” and unreserved campgrounds will be on your left.

From I-75 and GA Highway 20, follow Lower Woolsey road to Entrance "H" and the Speedway Credential Building. Make a right into Speedway property and then another immediate right onto Richard Petty Boulevard. Follow Richard Petty Boulevard and turn left into Entrance "G". The campgrounds will be on your right.

Find a map of the speedway online (PDF), and visit the ticket office and gift store building for on-site assistance.

Shelters Opening Soon

The following shelter locations will open this weekend:

Dublin High School (opens September 9 at 7 a.m.)
1127 Hillcrest Parkway
Dublin, Georgia 31021

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (opens September 9 at 8 a.m.)
2802 Moore Highway
Tifton, Georgia 31793

Leroy Rogers Recreation Center (opens September 9 at 10 a.m.)
315 2nd Street West
Tifton, Georgia 31794

Travelling

Plan your evacuation route, and make sure to consider the less-congested alternatives to interstate highways.

The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are now open to northbound traffic only, free of charge. This applies only to the South Metro Express Lanes in Henry and Clayton counties. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using the lanes.

Starting tomorrow at 8 a.m., all I-16 lanes will be westbound from Savannah to U.S. Route 441 in Dublin.

More on evacuation routes from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Follow 511 Georgia on Facebook and Twitter for traffic updates.

Related Links

Hurricane Driving Information | Georgia Department of Transportation

Get Ready for Hurricanes | Ready Georgia

Irma Maps and Updates | National Weather Service

Rachel Hart

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Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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