Traffic is backed up on I-75 northbound in Forsyth as some in Florida flee in advance of Hurricane Irma. JOSH SHARPE/AJC
Photo: Josh Sharpe/AJC
Photo: Josh Sharpe/AJC

Georgia college students being evacuated to other campuses as Irma approaches

Three South Georgia campuses, and one in metro Atlanta, will be closed as the state prepares for a potential strike from Hurricane Irma.

Georgia Gwinnett College announced Friday afternoon it will close at 5 p.m. Saturday due to the monster storm. 

Students from the College of Coastal Georgia, Armstrong State and Savannah State universities are being asked to evacuate the campuses. About undergraduate 15,000 students are enrolled in the three South Georgia campuses.

University System of Georgia officials are helping the students find housing at other campuses, such as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia College & State University and Columbus State University.

Georgia Southern University is moving its football game on Saturday to Birmingham.

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