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Hurricane Jose Heads Towards the I-95 Corridor

A Tropical Storm watch is now in effect for the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts, which includes most of I-95.

Motorists will most probably see heavy rain and gusty winds along I-95 from Maryland to Maine.

Beginning today and through tonight rain and gusty winds could hit portions of the coastal mid-Atlantic from Long Island to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Tuesday areas from the Delmarva Peninsula to Long Island and southern New England may be see gusty winds and bands of heavy rain as far north as southern Maine.

Wednesday areas of coastal New England may see heavy bands of rain. Tropical storm-force winds are most possible on Nantucket Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Cape Cod.

Jose is expected to produce up to 5 inches of rain in parts of the coastal northeast. While I-95 motorists are expected to see rain and wind, flooding is not anticipated.


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Tropical Storm Irma Update from South Carolina Officials

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a media briefing with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina.

  • 2,081 SCDOT maintenance personnel on duty clearing roads
  • 164 road closures in 10 counties
  • 746 National Guardsmen on duty
  • 100 Extra State Troopers on the roads assisting local law enforcement
  • 101 State Guardsmen on duty
  • 369 SLED, PPP, DNR agents on duty
  • 25 shelters open, 885 evacuees sheltered as of noon today
  • 25 County governments closed today
  • 33 Counties with school districts closed today.

For a full and updated list of open shelters with availability, visit SCEMD’s website.

Power outages: There are over 140,000 power outages across the state with the largest number of outages concentrated in Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Lexington and Richland Counties. There are as many as 8,000 linemen working to restore power to South Carolinians at any given time from SCE&G, The Electric Cooperatives and Duke Energy.

For a comprehensive list of those county office and school closings, visit SCEMD’s website.

 

Georgia DOT Encourages Travelers to “Shelter in Place”

As Tropical Storm Irma moves throughout the state today, Georgia DOT strongly advises residents and travelers to stay safe and shelter in place. After the storm passes and officials deem conditions safe, Georgia DOT crews will work quickly to clear as many of the interstates and major state routes as possible before nightfall and conditions become too dangerous to work. In some areas of the state, crews are already working to clear debris and ensure safe passage on interstates and state routes.

“While the heavy rainfall and high winds have moved out of the southern part of the state, middle and north Georgia are currently experiencing the brunt of the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s Chief Engineer Meg Pirkle. “People on the roadways are putting themselves in extreme danger from wind gusts up to 65 mph in the metro area, and downed trees and power lines, so we continue to advise that people stay where they are for the time being.”

Current conditions as of 6:30 p.m. on roadways across the state:

  • South East Georgia: Crews will begin working on clearing debris from I-95 which is closed in multiple locations due to downed trees and debris.
  • South West Georgia: Multiple crews will be clearing different routes at the same time – multiple roadway incidents associated with debris. Crews will begin work on I-75, with others going to major four lane routes – US 82, US 84, US 319, US 19, US 27 and SR 300.
  • East Central Georgia: Crews are prepared and waiting for the storm to subside enough to begin work on clearing interstate and major state routes.
  • West Central Georgia: Crews have been working to clear interstates and major state routes, however there is debris on I-75 in Henry, Monroe and Butts counties.
  • Metro District: Crews have been working to clear drains and debris from all interstates.
    Current conditions include:

    • DeKalb County: Memorial Drive between Douglas and Watson
    • SR 13/ Buford Highway @ West Druid Hills Road closed due to tree down
  • North East Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.
  • North West Georgia: Crews are prepared and standing by to clear roads once the storm has passed.

Georgia DOT cautions, if you must travel:

  • Watch out for downed limbs, trees and power lines on the roadways.
  • Treat a non-working traffic signal as a four-way stop.
    If you must travel, wait until daylight and use extreme caution on roadways.
  • Steady rain can cause flash flooding quickly.
  • Be aware there is a difference between flash flood and storm surge.
  • Street flooding can occur quickly … do not drive onto roadways completely covered with moving water.
  • If a barricade is in place, it is there for your safety. DO NOT drive around it.Georgia DOT advises that it is not safe to be on the roadways at this time. Exercise patience and stay informed about roadway conditions.

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Travel Discouraged as Flooding, High Winds Batter Georgia

Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to include all 159 counties in Georgia. The Governor has also ordered state government closed on Monday and Tuesday for all employees except personnel who will be working the storm.

“With heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high winds, we expect downed trees and power lines that will directly impact travel on our roadways throughout the entire state. It is important for residents to continue to stay in a safe location and not be on the roadway during the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer Andrew Heath.

Once it is safe to re-enter areas impacted by Irma, nearly 800 Georgia DOT employees are on standby to begin clearing debris from the roadway, inspect bridges for safe reopening, restore downed or broken traffic signals and ensure the safety of the travelling public.

“The safety of all Georgia residents and Georgia DOT employees is paramount. We cannot allow our employees to enter and work in unsafe areas,” added Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We ask for the public’s patience in allowing our crews the time to safely clear roadways and inspect bridges.”

Priority will be given to clearing the interstates and heavily traveled state routes and arterials so that emergency personnel and power crews can take care of resident’s basic needs. In addition, more than 40 bridge inspectors will be inspecting bridges once the water goes down and they are able to inspect hundreds of bridges throughout the state.


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Hurricane Irma Continues Northward, Travel Remains Hazardous

Tropical Storm Irma, Continues to Slowly Weaken while moving through Southwestern Georgia…Hurricane Jose does Not Pose a Threat to Florida.

Windy conditions across the state with chances of heavy rainfall throughout the eastern and northern counties as Tropical Storm Irma moves North through the state.

Tropical Storm Irma has maximum sustained winds of 50mph. At 5pm EDT, Irma was located about 10 miles east of Albany, Georgia and about 150 miles south of Atlanta, Georgia and is moving north-northwest at 17 mph. A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for North of Fernandina Beach to South Santee River, and North of Clearwater Beach to Aucilla River. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for north of Altamaha Sound to South Santee River. Tropical Storm conditions continuing across North Florida into Georgia throughout the Night.

Elsewhere, at 5pm EDT, Hurricane Jose is a Category 2 hurricane and was located about 360 miles north-northeast of Grand Turk Island and is moving north at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. It continues to weaken as it moves north. It is too early to tell if Jose will have any direct impact on Florida.


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Hurricane Irma Update – Sunday, September 10, 2017

As of Sunday morning, September 10, 2017, a good portion of Florida now appears in the forecast cone for Hurricane Irma.

The storm is currently impacting South Florida, and is forecasted to move up the west coast of the state over the next 24 to 48 hours.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Fernandina Beach southward around the Florida peninsula to Indian Pass, as well as for the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from west of Indian Pass to the Okaloosa/Walton county line and from north of Fernandina Beach to the South Santee River.

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect from the South Santee River southward to Jupiter Inlet and from North Miami Beach southward around the Fliorida peninsula to the Ochlockonee River, as well as for the Florida Keys and Tampa Bay.

Travelers are encouraged to continue to monitor the storm path using the official source links below and to heed any evacuation orders or notices issued, which can be found at floridadisaster.org.


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Florida I-95 Traffic Cams

Monitor I-95 traffic and weather in real-time. Below are selected Florida Department of Transportation traffic cameras shown from North to South. Refresh this page to update the cameras.


As demand for these images continue, it may take up to several minutes to display camera results.


I-95 N of Pecan Park Rd
Jacksonville

I-95 North of Pecan Park

(south of the Florida/Georgia state line)

I-95 at I-295 / 9A South
Jacksonville

I-95 at I-295 / 9A South

(south of downtown Jacksonville)

I-95 at SR 16
St. Augustine

I-95 at SR 16

(at the “outlet mall exit)

I-95 SB @ MM 267.4
Ormand Beach

I-95 Southbound at Mile Marker 287.4

I-95 at I-4
Daytona Beach

I-95 southbound at Mile Marker 260

(near the junction of I-95 and I-4)

I-95 Northbound at Mile Marker 180.5
Melbourne

I-95 Northbound at Mile Marker 180.5

I-95 MP 129.0 Northbound
Fort Pierce

I-95 at Mile Marker 129.0 Northbound

I-95 N of Okeechobee
West Palm Beach

I-95 North of Okeechobe

I-95 at SR-112
Miami Beach

I-95 at SR-112

I-95 at Southwest 26th Road
Miami

I-95 at Southwest 26th Road

(last traffic cam on I-95)

Georgia DOT Advises Use of All Available Routes for Irma Evacuation

As residents and guests consider leaving areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma, Georgia DOT encourages evacuees to plan their evacuation routes, and reminds citizens that there are numerous routes throughout the state that provide alternatives to the already-congested interstates. With mandatory evacuation of areas of coastal Georgia beginning today, Georgia DOT urges motorists to consider all possible evacuation routes in addition to interstate highways.

Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Map | I95 Exit Guide
Georgia Hurricane Evacuation Map – Click to Enlarge

On Thursday, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 30 counties in Georgia in anticipation of the storm. The Governor has also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma.

To facilitate travel from mandatory evacuation zones and areas of expected impact from the storm, beginning Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Georgia DOT will work with Georgia State Patrol to contraflow a 125-mile stretch of I-16 from Savannah to US 441 in Dublin, which will double the westbound capacity on this section of interstate to better accommodate the anticipated volume of traffic.

“Designated evacuation routes and contraflow measures add capacity for moving large amounts of people to safety in a short period of time,” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry. “This is about safety, not speed. We ask that everyone plan ahead, pre-select your evacuation route using 511, carry needed supplies and exercise patience and discretion. We’re all in this together.”

Beginning today, 15 Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program (CHAMP) operators will be deployed to I-95 and I-75 between Florida and Macon to provide motorists assistance and traffic control for the increased volume of evacuation traffic from Florida and the Georgia coast. On Saturday, 20 Highway Emergency Response Operators (HEROs) will begin assisting with contraflow and traffic management on I-16.

The I-75 South Metro Express Lanes are now open to northbound traffic only to provide additional lanes for evacuation, and the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) has suspended tolling on this facility until further notice. On I-75, this applies only to the South Metro Express Lanes in Henry and Clayton counties. Normally, vehicles are required to have a Georgia Peach Pass or a Florida SunPass to access the Express Lanes, but with this waiver, all vehicles, regardless of whether they have a pass, can access the lanes at no cost. Tractor-trailers are prohibited from using the lanes, which are not open to vehicles with more than two axles or six wheels.

While citizens are urged to consider all possible evacuation routes, motorists are reminded that Georgia DOT will contraflow I-16 from Savannah to Dublin beginning Saturday. A median crossover on I-16 east of I-95 will cross traffic over onto I-16 eastbound lanes to travel westbound. All eastbound access at interchanges will be blocked from Dublin to Savannah on I-16 during the contraflow process. Travelers may exit contraflow lanes at the following locations:

  • Exit 143 @ SR 30 / US 280 (Exit to Pembroke at Ellabell, Georgia)
  • Exit 116 @ SR 73 / SR 301 (Exit to Statesboro and Claxton at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 104 @ SR 23 / SR 121 (Exit to Metter and Reidsville at Metter, Georgia)
  • Exit 90 @ SR 4 / US 1 (Swainsboro, Georgia)
  • Exit 71 @ SR 15 / SR 78 (Exit to Soperton and Adrian at Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 67 @ SR 29 (Soperton, Georgia)
  • Exit 51 @ SR 31 / US 319 / US 441 (Dublin, Georgia)

A crossover on I-16 at SR 26 (MP 38) in Laurens County will direct traffic back to regular westbound lanes prior to arrival in Macon. All westbound exits will remain open after Dublin.

Motorists are also reminded that shoulders on interstates are reserved for – and are being actively used by – emergency vehicles only. They are not to be used for passenger vehicles.

South Carolina Restricts Lane Closures on I-95 for Hurricane Irma

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has restricted lane closures for non-emergency highway work on I-95 and all Interstate highways in South Carolina to help travel conditions impacted by Hurricane Irma.

SCDOT expects increased interstate travel from Florida and Georgia.

The restrictions are in effect from September 7, 2017, until further notice. SCDOT has notified private contractors of these restrictions.


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Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.

Georgia Expands State of Emergency. Mandatory Evacuation East of I-95

Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency. Deal also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma. The executive order also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on state active duty to support Hurricane Irma response and recovery. The state of emergency prohibits price gouging for all goods and services related to the storm. Read the executive order here.

“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma,” said Deal. “I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible. Beginning Saturday, a mandatory evacuation order will take effect for Chatham County, all areas east of I-95 and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by this catastrophic hurricane and storm surge. GEMA/HS continues leading our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to safely evacuate the coastal areas, provide public shelter and minimize the disruption of traffic. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in Hurricane Irma’s path.”

The 30 counties under a state of emergency are: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware Counties.

GEMA/HS is coordinating disaster preparedness efforts along with the Georgia Department of Defense (GA DoD), the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Please see below for resources and updates from each of the agencies.


For more I-95 travel info, visit  www.i95exitguide.com, the Internet’s largest and most complete website devoted to I-95, America’s Interstate Main Street. Detailed exit service listings… discount lodging, camping, food, gas and more for every exit from Maine to Florida! Plus I-95 construction, real-time traffic and road news.

Traveling another route? Visit our growing family of exit guides: I-4 Exit GuideI-5 Exit Guide,  I-10 Exit Guide , and I-75 Exit Guide.