Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Georgia prepares for Hurricane Irma traffic

Hurricane Irma bearing down on Puerto Rico and Florida, and evacuation of residents could begin as soon as today in some parts of the Sunshine State.

That means tens of thousands of people could be looking for shelter – and some of them may find their way to Georgia. State transportation officials are already preparing.

“We are working closely with GEMA (the Georgia Emergency Management Agency) and all emergency preparedness partners to monitor the potential tracks of the story and plan accordingly,” Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“We are organizing our teams in South Georgia in preparation to deploy debris response teams when necessary,” Dale said.

Irma has been upgraded to a Category 5 storm and could affect Georgia early next week.

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David Wickert covers transportation issues for the Enterprise team. He joined the AJC in 2010 and has also covered local government in Gwinnett and Fulton counties.