Spokeswoman Natalie Dale said GDOT has increased the number of responding CHAMP operators on I-20, I-95 and I-16 in anticipation of increased traffic as residents of South Carolina prepare to evacuate. The CHAMP units provide highway assistance, clear debris and help at accident scenes. To call for road assistance in Georgia, call 511.
The latest forecast shows Florence making landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday. But Dale said the department is prepared to take additional action if the hurricane takes a turn toward Georgia. That could include converting I-16 to westbound-only traffic to aid evacuation of coastal areas.