CEMA updates residents on approaching Dorian


SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV) – Wednesday morning the Chatham County Emergency Management addressed the public on the county’s latest efforts to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Officials say 1,289 people were evacuated in Chatham County

Officials say the Georgia Department of Transportation made the decision to remove the Contra Flow at noon Wednesday. 

The mayors of Garden City, Tybee Island, and Savannah spoke during the briefing. Mayor Eddie Deloach advised that residents who seek shelter at the Civic Center will not be turned away despite the evacuation efforts there have ended.

Officials advised that residents do not call 911 unless it is a true emergency.

The Savannah/Hilton Head Airport is open but officials recommend that travelers do not call the airport about flight details and instead to call the airlines for specific arrival and departure times.


– Chatham county entered into OPCON 1; which is the final staging phase with potential impact within 24 hours.

The City of Savannah and Town of Thunderbolt have implemented a curfew from 9 PM until 6 AM until further notice. There are no curfews in place for unincorporated Chatham County or any other jurisdictions within Chatham County at this time.
– Sandbags are available in Thunderbolt at 423 Bonaventure Road
– Chatham County Public Works has a staging crew ready to remove debris once impacted areas have been assessed


– No municipality is scheduled to turn off water at this time. For those who have private water service, residents need to contact the provider for more information. 
– While the storms’ impact is yet to be determined, American Red Cross has set up shelters throughout the state to assist evacuees. For specific information, citizens are encouraged to call 1-800-RedCross

Municipal/Court/Chatham County Public Schools

– Chatham County offices are closed through Wednesday September 4, 2019
– City of Savannah offices are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019
– Chatham County Courts are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019
– Savannah Chatham County Public School System is closed through Friday, September 6, 2019

Chatham County Courts

are closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019


– Savannah Animal Care on West Bryant Street will be open 24/7 for stray or unattended animals and pet emergencies during the storm
– Public Health Update:
– The emergency departments of St. Josephs/Candler and Memorial hospitals are open
– Chatham County Public Health offices will be closed through Thursday September 5, 2019
– Chatham Emergency Services (CES)
– Chatham Emergency Services has arranged with Chatham County Marine Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard to be transported patients off the barrier islands of Chatham County in case of flooded roads. A dedicated paramedic is assigned to Skidaway Island and a paramedic ambulance crew is dedicated to the Chatham County Detention Center.


– GA Power has crews staged and ready to respond if necessary
– They have staged extra transformers, poles and wires
– Alabama Power and Mississippi Power are on standby to render aid if needed


– Roads: I-16 contraflow will continue until further notice
– Chatham Area Transit (CAT) is suspended until further notice.
Bridge Closures:
– Talmadge Bridge is closed until further notice.
– The bridges onto Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and Whitemarsh Island are not scheduled to close at this time. Any status changed will be included in future updates.
– Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has several flights have been
cancelled. Please check airline websites or mobile apps for the most up-to-date flight information prior to traveling to the airport.
– Passengers should carry a copy of their travel itinerary for movement in the evacuation zones.
– Airport shops and restaurants may be closed even when flights are operating.
– The public is urged not to call the airport but to contact the airlines directly for the most current flight information.

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