Georgia Governor orders evacuation of six counties as Hurricane Dorian approaches

Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Governor Brian Kemp has issued an Executive Order ordering the mandatory evacuation of individuals east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh Counties starting at noon on Monday, Sept. 2.

The Governor’s order also directs the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia Department of Transportation to establish westerly contraflow on Interstate 16 starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

As Coastal Georgia prepares for Hurricane Dorian, Glynn County is under a state of emergency and has announced several closures prior to the storm’s arrival.

The Glynn County Board of Commissioners has placed the county under a state of emergency. This declaration will give the chairman of the board of commissioners decision making authority during the state of emergency.

Glynn County is not accepting evacuees and will not open a shelter during the storm. If evacuees need a shelter location they will need to contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

If the predictions hold true, the F.J. Torras Causeway could become flooded and impassible. There are no planned closures of the F.J. Torras Causeway at this time. 

The Georgia Department of Transportation typically closes the Sidney Lanier Bridge as winds approach tropical force speeds. With tropical storm force winds, the potential for power outages becomes higher and water and sewer outages follow due to a lack of electricity. If you feel unsafe in the area and are able to leave, use your best judgement and follow your hurricane plan.

For non-emergency calls, residents are being asked to use 912-554-3645 to free up 911 lines for emergency calls. If you are not already registered for the CodeRED system to receive emergency alerts you can sign up at this address:

Glynn County Schools and the College of Coastal Georgia have announced closures in preparation for the storm. The Glynn County School System has canceled all classes from Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Thursday, Sept. 5. The College of Coastal Georgia has canceled classes, closed the dorms, and will suspend all non-essential operations for Tuesday, Sept. 3.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center has closed for staff until Thursday Sept. 5 and will resume classes on Friday Sept. 6.

The Glynn County Juvenile Court has canceled all hearings for the week of Sept. 2 and plans to resume normal business Sept. 9. The Brunswick Municipal Court System will not have hearings on Wednesday, Sept. 4.