Georgia Gov. Deal lifts coastal evacuation orders

A tree and power lines blown over by Hurricane Matthew lay across a road on St. Simons Island, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. Matthew plowed north along the Atlantic coast, flooding towns and gouging out roads in its path.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga — Coastal Georgia residents slowly return to their homes and begin cleaning up the mess left behind by Hurricane Matthew as Governor Nathan Deal officially lifts evacuation orders for affected areas.

Members of the National Guard and Georgia State Patrol currently stand stationed at the entrance to the highway leading into Savannah. The order includes law enforcers checking identification to ensure only residents are returning to the area.

As thousands of displaced people head home to check on the damage, President Barack Obama orders federal relief to be distributed to Georgia as well as the affected surrounding states.

At a press conference addressing the storm damage, Gov. Deal says the initial survey reveals the impact was less than forecasters expected.

“Yes, there are some roofs missing. There are shingles off of other roofs,” says Deal. “There are some trees down but it is not of the magnitude that I had anticipated and that of course, is a good thing.”\

Surveyors say they have not completely finished assessing the damage done by the storm.

Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach says he wants residents to start moving forwards and getting communities cleaned up.

Hurricane Matthew caused at least three deaths in the state of Georgia.

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