ATLANTA - Governor Brian Kemp is ordering Georgians out of the way of Hurricane Dorian.
On Sunday evening, Kemp signed an executive order calling for the evacuation of areas east of I-95 in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties. The mandatory evacuations take effect at Noon Monday.
To help the evacuation run smoothly, Interstate 16 will begin westerly contraflow operations on Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. All lanes of I-16 will carry traffic westbound, away from the coast. No eastbound traffic will be allowed.
In his executive order, the governor says the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Transportation, and Homeland Security will oversee efforts to get residents safely away from Dorian's path.
The record-setting storm reached Category 5 strength with winds reaching 185 mph, and gusts over 200 mph as it moved over the Bahamas.
Governor Kemp will also make several stops in Savannah and Brunswick on Monday to speak with local emergency officials as Georgia prepares for Hurricane Dorian.