Oct. 8 – 2:30 a.m.- Status of News, Information to expect from Chatham County Officials; Update on Power Outages

Category: Local Media & Agencies

By Lou Phelps, Savannah Business Journal

October 8, 2016 – In an exclusive interview with Kristin Fulford, Public Information Officer for Chatham Emergency Management, at 2:00 a.m. here in the CEMA Emergency Operations Center on Chatham Parkway, CEMA has confirmed that they will release a 6:00 a.m. update for the public on the storm and any information available on damage.

But, there will be little information about damage until daylight, as there are no public safety teams on the roadways tonight due to the high winds and unsafe conditions. When conditions improve the emergency teams will be able to get out across the county to assess. 

The City of Savannah and Chatham County officials will hold joint press conferences at 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, if they are able to. They will not know until daylight if elected officials can even move through the area to participate in press events.

(PHOTO) At left, CEMA Interim Director Dennis Jones leads the team working through the night at the EOC on Chatham Parkway in Savannah, the hub of coordination with local, state and federal agencies as Hurricane Matthew hits the Savannah area. 

CEMA is currently working on a citizen’s advisory on procedures for residents and businesses to use when re-entering their property, such as looking for snakes, checking for gas leaks, etc., which will be released during the day Saturday.

Until CEMA can survey the county, there is no ability to project when the public will be able to be re-admitted east of I-95. Therefore, residents should wait for information released before making plans to return.   

The storm has come in exactly as predicted, with the most serious impact now occurring through 6 a.m. today.  The Savannah River is overflowing its banks, as high winds are pushing water up river. 

The eye wall of Hurricane Matthew has come close to the coast of Savannah and Tybee Island, and there are sustained winds now of 90 to 100 mph, anticipated to continue over the next 30 to 60 mins, concurrent with the tide at its peak. 

Georgia Power Update at 2:29 a.m.

Georgia Power is reporting 1,798 Active Outages that are affecting 217,291 customers in Georgia, a high percentage of which is in the Savannah metro area.  Here are the latest figures: 

Chatham:  117,846 customers of 141,088 are without power

Effingham:  22,296 customers of 25,151 are without power

Bryan:  4,253 customers of 6,493 are without power

Glynn:  40,393 customers of 41,310 are without power 

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