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Albany and Dougherty Co. leaders host a press conference on Hurricane Irma

Saturday morning, much of south Georgia was placed under a hurricane watch. (Source: WALB) Saturday morning, much of south Georgia was placed under a hurricane watch. (Source: WALB)
Officials discuss the updated plans for the area ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall. (Source: WALB) Officials discuss the updated plans for the area ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany and Dougherty County leaders came together for a news conference Saturday. 

It was at the Government Center on Pine Avenue in downtown Albany.

Officials will be discussing the updated plans for the area ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall.

The American Red Cross is going to open a shelter at the Albany Civic Center at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Albany Civic Center is anticipated to reach max capacity once it opens.

There are four Good Samaritan shelters at churches in Albany and Dougherty Co.

County Commission Chairman, Chris Cohilas put out a plea for all faith-based organizations their doors for shelter if they are able.

Leaders they are looking toward a start time of noon Sunday and the time of highest impact will Monday at 4 p.m.

Cohilas said 'Irma is on a direct path for South Georgia.'

"If you live in a mobile home unit, you are not in a safe shelter," said Cohilas.

EMA officials have requested a presidential declaration of emergency.

There will be another press conference Sunday at the Government Center at 10 a.m.

Officials are investigating cases of price gouging, to report price gouging CLICK HERE.

As of Saturday morning, much of south Georgia was placed under a hurricane watch.

Friday the Governor Nathan deal included all of South Georgia in the state of emergency ahead of the storm's impact.

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