SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Strong winds created dangerous conditions for Chatham County after severe weather visited the area overnight.
Wind gusts spread debris on the roadways and several power outages across the region Monday morning.
There were several reports of downed trees, tree limbs and traffic lights out of commission.
In Pooler, the winds brought down a traffic signal located at Pooler Parkway and Highway 80.
Drivers should be alert to downed traffic lights at intersections and treat intersections with blinking red lights or with no lights at all as all-way stops.
“Certainly, with the traffic lights being out, you need to treat every one of those intersections like it’s a four-way stop,” said Chatham County Emergency Management Services CEO, Chuck Kearns.
Kearns says drivers should be extra cautious on the roads today.
“We’ve urged anyone behind the wheel of a vehicle to use extreme caution when approaching intersections where the lights are out,” he said.
While the conditions are improving, Chatham County Emergency Management Services is warning drivers to be alert to debris on the road.
Kearns urged drivers to leave extra time for commutes to ensure safe driving. He says it’s also important to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you as debris in the road could lead drivers to stop abruptly.
View the latest traffic conditions HERE.
Several residents woke up without power in their homes as well. See Georgia Power’s power outage map HERE.