Deal added the counties following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.
Governor Deal said that in addition to ordering a mandatory evacuation he had authorized up to 5,000 members of the Georgia National Guard to be on active duty. Eastbound traffic was restored by Saturday afternoon.
Monday: Irma is forecast to pass very close to the Suwannee Valley.
"We learned the hard way hurricanes aren't just coastal storms, and they can have significant inland impacts, like with Hugo making landfall north of Charleston and inland territories experiencing the impact as far west as Charlotte, and then past year with Matthew - a Category 1 storm that brought catastrophic rainfall".
Declaring a state of emergency allows state agencies to coordinate resources in preparing for the storm.
Many Florida evacuees using Interstate 75 are streaming into Lowndes County at the Georgia-Florida line.
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper told people to prepare even as projections had a weakened Irma entering the state well inland early next week.
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The closure lasts Saturday through Tuesday, according to WJCL.com. "We have been networking with all our public safety partners".
Residents, homeowners, and visitors who have questions about re-entry information should an evacuation occur due to Irma or another future storm can obtain information on the Dare County's website at https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management/reentry.
A weather task force appointed by the governor has led to more equipment and more coordination between state and local officials.
Gov. Henry McMaster wrestled with a decision for two days, twice delaying a verdict before opting late Friday evening to order an evacuation of barrier islands in Colleton, Jasper and Beaufort counties, the most populated being Hilton Head Island.
"I figured if I'm going to be here, we might as well do what we can to help those to get out of the city as best as they can", she said. With millions evacuating northward from Florida and Irma's path adding another challenge, officials didn't have a ideal answer for evacuees.
In Queen Anne's County the Department of Emergency Services says they will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone informed.
Electric Membership Cooperatives across Georgia are making preparations for possible power outages. "Originally created to go out and come back Saturday". As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as NY to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.