The Georgia Ports Authority has unveiled a new Mobile Command Center for use in hurricanes or other natural disasters. Ports officials said in a release Thursday that Georgia Ports Authority's entire operation can be run from the mobile center.
Georgia Emergency Management Director Charley English typed away Tuesday afternoon as he responded to questions about hurricane preparedness via Twitter. GEMA used the hashtag #AskGEMA to solicit questions from Georgians about evacuation plans and potential dangers for about an hour.
Coastal homeowners are feeling the pinch with rising insurance rates. An AP analysis of national insurance figures shows 14 of the 15 states where rates increased by the largest percentages border the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.
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.
The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has ended and it's a study in contradiction. The usual targets in the southeastern U.S. were spared, but Irene paralyzed the Eastern seaboard and left behind devastating and deadly flooding across the Northeast.
Hurricane Irene churned up rough seas and dangerous riptides on Georgia's beaches as the storm passed the coast more than 200 miles offshore. Lifeguards on Tybee Island closed its waters to swimmers Friday after officials decided conditions were too dangerous.
Hurricane Irene increased in size and is now exhibiting winds of 115 mph. Located about 285 miles southeast of Nassau in the Bahamas, Hurricane Irene is moving towards the northwest and is expected to make landfall within the U.S. on Saturday morning.