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Florida officials discourage evacuation on I-75

August 13, 2004

(ATLANTA) – With Hurricane Charley threatening to make landfall today, the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation are working with Florida officials to warn travelers to avoid Interstate 75.

Current National Hurricane Center predictions show a northeastern track along the Interstate 75 corridor. The storm is expected to severely impact motor vehicle traffic along Interstate 75, both north and southbound, as well as Interstate 10 eastbound from Lake City to Jacksonville.

Commercial truck traffic, as well as other high profile vehicles, including recreational vehicles, is urged to avoid Interstate 75 and seek alternate routes both north and southbound.

Florida emergency operations officials are warning all vehicular traffic to seek shelter until the storm passes through the state. Mandatory road closures for Interstate 75 north and southbound, and Interstate 10 eastbound from Lake City to Jacksonville, are possible and are being considered in the interest of public safety.

Hurricane Charlie is expected to exit Florida near Nassau County, north of Jacksonville, at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 14, 2004.

Florida has established the following statewide emergency information hotline: 800-342-3557.

For more information, call 1-800-TRY-GEMA or visit the agency’s Web site at www.gema.state.ga.us.

posted at 11:04AM by dave.miller@walb.com