SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Widespread rain continues Thursday in the Coastal Empire. From flooded roads to houses struck by lightning, News 3 is gathering the latest storm reports you.
Across the area, emergency officials and law enforcement echo the same message: turn around, don’t drown.
Schools are closed Thursday and/or Friday in a number of counties. See the full list here.
The Bulloch County Emergency Management Agency has asked drivers to stay off of dirt roads unless it is necessary.
Roads currently closed or compromised include but aren’t necessarily limited to:
- Buie Driggers (Holloway to Bryant Still)
- Cox Futch@Peppercorn
- 1737 Bryant Still to Stilson Leefield
- WD Peacock From Clarke Farms to Cedar Lawn
- Honey Bowen Rd at Ben Grady Collins
- Arcola Road
- Sinkhole @ South Jodan
- Miller Street Ext
- Riverview @ Old River
- Buie Driggers @ JR Cribbs to 80E
- Old Portal Rd below Moore Rd
- EC Hunnicut@Faith Deal to Metts Rd.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston, Savannah Fire rescued a motorist on the roof of her vehicle which was in a flooded underpass on Henry Street.
The Savannah Police Department urges drivers to avoid the area.
Other road closures for Savannah:
- 36th Street between MLK Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street
- 52nd Street at Montgomery street
- 65th Street at Paulsen Street
- Pine Barren Road at Roger street
- Jasmine Avenue at S Thompkins Road
In Pooler, portions DJs Way and Roberts Way have flooded up to residents’ mailboxes.
Fort Stewart officials sent out a traffic alert around 3 p.m. cautioning drivers of standing water on Highways 199 and 144.
NWS reports a lightning strike caused a structure fire around the 100 block of Briarwood Court in Bloomingdale.
Another house struck by lightning was reported in the 100 block of Highland Drive. The fire department apparently responded and determined that there was no fire.
Perry Road has been closed due to flooding. The Evans County Sheriff’s Office urges drivers to avoid travel on Perry Road South of Edgar Griffin in Evans County.
Many roadways will continue to have standing water, please use caution while traveling.
Tattnall County emergency officials urge residents to avoid crossing some dirt roads and roads with standing water.
Road closures include, but aren’t limited to W Charles Sikes and Carl Beecher roads in Reidsville.
In the Lowcountry, Bluffton Parkway is closed in both directions at Masters Way due to standing water. Drivers should use an alternate route.
A viewer submitted this photo of flooding on Kitty Road off of Buck Island Road