FEATURE: Hurricane Florence, 9 a.m. - NO Evacuation Orders for Chatham County; Moderate Wind/Rain Expected

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This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow). This is from the 11 a.m. update on Sept. 13.

Coastal Empire News Staff Report

September 13, 2018 – 9:00 a.m. - Chatham County Emergency Management (CEMA) officials issued a press release this morning at 9 a.m. to state that they continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence, as the storm comes closer to approaching landfall in North Carolina.  The current decision is still NOT to issue any evacuation orders. 

Chatham County schools will be closed on Friday, in case the storm impact to Georgia increases, and school buses must be used for evacuation assistance, and faculty and families elect to evacuate.  Those living in low-lying areas that often flood, are encouraged to move to higher ground. 

The earliest time to see impacts is starting Thursday at around 8 p.m., “with rain encroachment,” explained Dennis Jones, Executive Director of CEMA at the Weds. press conference. That timing has not changed. 

“There is the probability that Chatham County will see some storm force winds,” said Jones, primarily on Friday.  “We have a moderate risk for wind, a low risk for storm surge, and a low risk for flooding,” he added.

Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials, and Gov. Nathan Deal, issued an emergency declaration for all 159 counties in Georgia as of Wednesday. 

Jones said that all of this could change, based on each advisory from Federal weather officials.  

The airport is now at partial operating status, with no flights impact yet.  But passengers should check with their airline.

Tybee Island beaches are CLOSED to swimmers, according to Mayor Jason Buetleman.

There is no decision to evacuate nursing homes, hospitals, etc.

“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Florence,” said Deal. “In light of the storm’s forecasted southward track after making landfall, I encourage Georgians to be prepared for the inland effects of the storm as well as the ensuing storm surge in coastal areas. GEMA/HS continues to lead our preparedness efforts as we coordinate with federal, state and local officials to provide public shelter and accommodate those evacuating from other states. Finally, I ask all Georgians to join me in praying for the safety of our people and all those in the path of Hurricane Florence.”

The Governor has not ordered the contra-flow of I-16. 

Editor's Note:  CEN will update storm stories throughout the day.  Follow us on Facebook pages for either Coastal Empire News, Savannah Business Journal or Brunswick Business Journal.  

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