State and federal officials are using these final days before the Atlantic hurricane season begins Saturday to urge Georgians at along the coast and beyond to prepare. NOAA forecasters are predicting an above-average season with 13 to 20 named storms and six major hurricanes.
Chatham County residents won't be getting 'voluntary' hurricane evacuations anymore. Emergency management officials there are getting rid of the term 'voluntary' and replacing it with 'early' and 'recommended' evacuations. The meaning hasn't changed. But officials believe the new wording will give residents more urgency as a storm approaches.
Emergency officials on the Georgia coast are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irene and say residents should make sure they have plans in order if evacuations are necessary. National forecast officials say Irene could hit the U.S. anywhere from Florida to North Carolina by the end of the week.