Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian skirted the Georgia coast Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.

Evacuees board buses outside the Savannah Civic Center heading to Augusta ahead of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.
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Coastal Georgia's largest county is paying $1.66 million in bills from a hurricane after state government didn't respond to a request for help.

The Savannah Morning News reports Chatham County commissioners on Friday approved paying expenses related to evacuation from Hurricane Dorian in September.

Gov. Brian Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation for all coastal counties.

Hurricane Dorian damage on Tybee
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The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has come to an end with minimal damage to Georgia.

There were three major hurricanes this season including Dorian.

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Georgia food stamp recipients affected by Hurricane Dorian have been given extra time to report food loss. The deadline to report loss of food purchased with SNAP benefits has been extended to Oct. 3.

The southeast coast of Georgia felt the largest impact from Dorian just about a week ago with downed trees and power lines.


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Hurricane Dorian is moving north after lashing the coast and outer banks of the Carolinas. In the meantime, Georgians are moving back to their homes. In the end, hurricane-force winds only edged along the state’s coast, causing less flooding and havoc than predicted.

Still, the impact on the economies – and lives – of the areas east of I-95 that were under mandatory evacuation remains, along with plenty of evidence that those orders were ignored.

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Even though Hurricane Dorian spared the Georgia coast, economic impacts of the evacuation linger on. On Second Thought gets an overview of the storm’s aftermath with Emily Jones, Georgia Public Broadcasting's Morning Edition host and reporter.

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Hurricane evacuees from Georgia’s coast are returning home now that the mandatory order has been lifted.


Meanwhile, the effects of the third evacuation in four years raised questions about how the next evacuation might go.


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The evacuation order for Georgia’s coast has been lifted. Evacuees can now return home. The state largely escaped damage from the storm.

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Hurricane Dorian, which strengthened to a Category 3 storm overnight, began raking the Southeast U.S. seaboard early Thursday and left tens of thousands without power as it threatened to inundate low-lying coasts from Georgia to Virginia with a life-threatening storm surge after its deadly mauling of the Bahamas.

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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward the Carolinas and away from the Georgia coast, it seems the state was spared the worst of the storm.

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Some people who stayed in the Savannah area during Hurricane Dorian took shelter at the Savannah Civic Center Wednesday night. About 50 people were staying there as of 6 p.m.

Evacuees boarding a bus
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As of noon Wednesday, 5,600 people were staying in shelters set up by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency due to Hurricane Dorian.

Georgia Army National Guardsmen are preparing at Ft. Stewart to bring relief to coastal communities recovering from Hurricane Dorian.
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Thousands of Georgians were in wait-and-see mode Wednesday evening as the eye of Hurricane Dorian approached the southeastern shoreline.

Two hundred members of the Georgia National Guard were placed on active duty ahead of the storm.  

Up to 2,000 guardsmen could be activated to help with recovery efforts.

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Several animal shelters across Georgia have opened their doors to pets of Hurricane Dorian evacuees, which is poised to hit coastal Georgia as a Category 2 hurricane Thursday. Additionally, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has temporarily suspended animal health requirements in lieu of the storm. 

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Effects of Hurricane Dorian are poised to reach coastal Georgia as a Category 2 hurricane Thursday. Meteorologists are expecting heavy rain bands, powerful gusts of wind and the threat of storm surge.  

Congressman Buddy Carter, who represents all coastal Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives, urges residents to heed the warnings from Georgia Emergency Management officials and to take evacuation orders seriously. Carter says he is worried people along the coast have become “complacent.”

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As rain began to fall on Georgia’s coast from Hurricane Dorian, Gov. Brian Kemp implored those who did not evacuate to stay vigilant and safe as state officials were making final preparations for the recovery phase of the storm.

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As Hurricane Dorian moves toward Georgia, the storm's worst impacts are expected on the state's barrier islands, where storm surge flooding is likely. Forecasters expect serious issues to begin on Tybee Island with the 1 p.m. high tide Wednesday.

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Atlanta is welcoming Hurricane Dorian evacuees with open arms, camping spaces and America’s favorite pastime.

News outlets say Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves are offering free services to residents from mandatory evacuation areas throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.


Gov. Brian Kemp has expanded the state of emergency to nine more counties ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s arrival near the Georgia coast.

A state of emergency now exists in Appling, Bacon, Bulloch, Clinch, Echols, Evans, Screven, Tattnall and Ware counties.

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Hurricane Dorian is already affecting the state of Georgia, and its effects will be felt whether or not the storm makes landfall.

Hundreds of coastal residents have evacuated their homes and have been relocated to wait out the storm. GPB’s Emily Jones joined Rickey Bevington to talk about what the scene looks like on the Georgia coast.

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The pace of mandatory evacuation from the Georgia coast ahead of Hurricane Dorian Tuesday was steady even if it wasn’t a torrent.  


By midmorning Tuesday, the eastbound lanes of I-16 were empty despite having been open to westbound traffic since 8 a.m. Tommy Veal works out of the Georgia Department of Transportation office in Dublin, about 120 miles from the coast. He said whether it was packed or sparse, the contraflow was doing what it was supposed to. 

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Gov. Brian Kemp and state emergency officials continue to urge coastal resident's east of Interstate 95 to evacuate inland, warning of strong winds, storm surge and flooding as Hurricane Dorian picks up speed and nears Georgia.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp discusses evacuations and emergency plans for Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Savannah, Ga.  Kemp ordered a mandatory evacuation affecting all of Georgia's six coastal counties.
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As Hurricane Dorian — a Category 2 storm as of Tuesday afternoon — continues to approach the coast, Savannah is sending evacuees without transportation to shelters in Augusta on buses.

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Dorian has weakened to a Category 3 hurricane but continues to batter the Bahamas as it remains almost at a standstill.

At 2 a.m. Tuesday, the ferocious storm's center was about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position since Monday afternoon.

Gov. Brian Kemp discusses evacuations and emergency plans for Hurricane Dorian during a news conference Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Savannah.
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While the exact path Hurricane Dorian will take up the Atlantic coastline is uncertain, the message from Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials remains the same: if you live on the coast, evacuate.

About 400,000 Georgians who live east of I-95 are under mandatory evacuation orders as the storm looming off the Florida coast continues its slow churn.

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After ordering a mandatory evacuation of parts of six Georgia coastal counties, Gov. Brian Kemp and local officials are urging caution as Hurricane Dorian — now a Category 4 storm  — approaches the coast of Florida.

Those living east of I-95 in Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan and Camden counties are ordered to evacuate effective noon Monday, according to the governor's office. Officials will also start contraflow of traffic on I-16 starting 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered mandatory evacuations ahead of Hurricane Dorian for those living east of I-95 in Glynn, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan and Camden counties effective at noon Monday, according to the governor's office. Officials will also start contraflow of traffic on I-16 starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

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Schools along the Georgia coast have begun to announce closures as Hurricane Dorian approaches. The storm is expected to move north along the coast, and Georgia could begin experiencing tropical storm-force winds Tuesday.

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About 5 a.m. Sunday, Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm. By 2 p.m., Dorian made landfall in the Bahamas. Dorian is moving slowly and timing for when and whether landfall will happen in the United States is not known.

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