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Hurricane season: prepare with 511 Georgia

June 1st to November 30th is Hurricane Season in Georgia. The state receives varying levels of impact due to its tropical systems from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Extreme wind gusts and heavier than usual downpours can cause unprecedented damage to Georgia’s shorelines and roads. It is vital that the motoring public in Georgia adhere to safety precautions if they are in an area with severe and hazardous weather.

511GA Services and Resources:

  • Weather Radar: View the weather radar on to see current forecasts in any given area in the state.                                                         
  • Evacuation Routes: Routes are available on by toggling the map legend to view them.
  • 24/7 Operators: Call 511 to speak with an operator for real-time road conditions, travel alerts, and more.
  • Rest Area Status: Avoid unnecessary travel in inclement weather. Check-in with 511 Georgia to view the status of a rest area and stop by if you’re on the road to stay safe.


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As a reminder, 511GA encourages motorists to drive defensively and be alert in the case of any inclement weather.  511GA is available 24/7 via phone, web, and mobile app to help travelers arrive safely at their destination.

During Inclement Weather, Include 511GA in Your Plans: 

Severe weather happens and when it does, 511 Georgia (511GA) is here for you. While there are many ways to prepare for weather-related hazards, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) wants to remind motorists to use this free traveler program as an added effort to be aware and prepare.

511GA weather radar Be Aware & Prepare:
  • Set Up My511 Alerts: Create personalized route and area alerts to receive via text message or email. You can also subscribe to 511GA Emergency notifications, which alert users of emergency incidents, weather alerts, and more posted to Register today to be in the know:
  • Check Radar: The updated integrates current weather conditions, radar, and forecasts across the state. Easily view the weather layers by toggling them “on” in the map legend and know what to expect before they hit the road.
  • Look Ahead: 511GA provides access to more than 3,400+ traffic cameras across the state, available on the website or mobile app. Scroll through cameras to view current traffic and road conditions.
  • Download the App: 511GA’s mobile app directly connects you to the state’s traveler information system and provides step-by-step navigation, access to traffic cameras, rest area locations, dynamic message signs, and shows current congestion. The free 511GA app is available via the Apple or Google Play App Store.

When dangerous weather hits, 511GA is here for you:

  • 24/7/365: 511GA is located at Georgia DOT’s Transportation Management Center in Atlanta where live, local Operators are available 24/7/365 to answer motorists’ calls and provide travel information and dispatch roadside assistance.
  • Incident Reporting: When inclement weather hits, the chance of down powerlines or trees increases. If you come across dangerous debris, down trees, or powerlines on the interstate, call and report it to 511 so the proper crews can be dispatched to the area and it tracked in the traveler system.
  • Roadside Assistance: Motorists in need on Georgia’s interstates can easily call 511 to request assistance from Georgia DOT’s HERO (Highway Emergency Response Operators) and CHAMP (Coordinated Highway Assistance & Maintenance Program). HERO patrols interstates in metro Atlanta and CHAMP covers interstates outside of metro Atlanta. If stalled, stuck, or in need of gas, these programs are there for you.
Learn more ways you can be better equipped when traveling to your destination with 511GA here.

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