Chatham Officials recommending evacuation of Islands/low lying areas

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. – Chatham County officials are urging residents of the islands and low lying areas east of the Wilmington River to evacuate.

This includes Wilmington, Whitemarsh, and Tybee Island and any other areas prone to flooding.

They are asking people to leave by 8:00am.

Officials said they are not ready to make the call to evacuate the entire county.

Chatham County issued the following statement, “Chairman Al Scott, on behalf of the Board of Commissioners of Chatham County, strongly urges all citizens of Tybee Island to evacuate the Island beginning at 3:00 p.m. today.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Thursday, all three islands and low lying areas east of the Wilmington River are urged to evacuate. All areas in and about rivers or tributaries are also urged to evacuate.

Citizens can expect, at a minimum, gale force winds from Tybee Island to east of I-95. Weather conditions could unexpectedly deteriorate and gale force winds could increase in speed. Any person that elects not to evacuate should be prepared to ride out the storm in a secure area with three days’ non- perishable provisions and adequate drinking water, given the potential for loss of power for 72 hours or greater.”

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