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Oct. 6 - 10 p.m. Tybee Mayor urges remaining residents to evacuate by 10 a.m. Friday

Category: Local Govts & Politics

By Caila Brown, Digital Editor

October 6, 2016 - At the final press conference of the day, representatives spoke to media from the City of Savannah, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Force, Tybee Island and the American Red Cross. Many of the speakers thanked those that have participated in the evacuation efforts, which were able to assist more than 1400 people in leaving Chatham County today.

According to David Donnelly, Emergency Management Director at the City of Savannah, there are 1300 critical workforce personnel in place and ready to respond. They will continue to provide essential services until the weather does not allow them to.

Alderman Van Johnson plead directly to residents, saying, "This is unlike anything we have ever seen in our lifetime. This is serious... this is nothing to play with. Get your stuff and get out of town."

Mayor Jason Buelterman echoed his sentiments, asking the few remaining residents on Tybee Island to leave by 10 a.m. According to the National Weather Service, HWY 80 will be underwater and impassible at that time. 

Addressing public concerns about safety, Chief Lumpkin reassured residents that a full complement of police officers have been deployed in the community, in addition to officers from the Sheriff's Office. A component of the National Guard has also been deployed and will take the streets in the Savannah-Chatham area, as well as other areas in Chatham County. 

Mayor Eddie DeLoach, City of Savannah, thanked those who have put effort into aiding evacuation procedures, and those who have evacuated. He would "love to be proven wrong by the Saturday papers," but urges everyone to err on the side of caution and leave Chatham County.

Following the press conference, Bret Bell, Public Information Officer Director, clarified a few details about transportation to and from the Civic Center Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA). 

CAT transit to the center will be halted from midnight tonight to 6 a.m., and will resume at that time until 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. Throughout 12 p.m. on Friday buses will leave the EAA on the hour. The final bus will leave Chatham County at 12 p.m. on Friday. At that time, winds and rains are anticipated to be picking up, making it dangerous for these large buses to be on the road.

Echoing comments from city and regional staff, we hope all Savannah Business Journal readers stay safe and evacuate.

We do know that there are residents who are planning on sheltering in place. If you are able to safely take pictures or update on current conditions, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We hope to keep a running list of conditions throughout the next 72 hours.

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