Deal declares state of emergency for coastal counties

[private]As Hurricane Irma blew through the Caribbean on a course towards Florida and the southeastern U.S., Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency Wednesday for Georgia’s six coastal counties.

The governor’s emergency declaration covers Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties.

“I’ve issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and waiving rules and regulations for motor vehicles transporting supplies, equipment, personnel, goods and services associated with disaster assistance and relief,” Deal said.

“This state of emergency also ensures aid for the six counties potentially impacted by this catastrophic storm,” Deal said. “We will continue monitoring Hurricane Irma’s path in the days ahead and coordinating with our federal, state and local partners.”

Irma, a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds approaching 185 miles per hour, was passing over the Virgin Islands and moving on toward Puerto Rico, Hispañola, the Bahamas and Cuba.

The hurricane is likely to make landfall at Florida and then hit parts of the Southeast beginning this weekend.

Georgia and the Carolinas could be struck by Irma early next week.

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