Monday Irma Update/Recap For Savannah/Lowcountry

  • Tornado Watch for Chatham County has been lifted.
  • As of 5:00 PM, Hurricane (Tropical Storm) Irma is 150 miles from Chatham County moving North-Northwest at 17 MPH.
  • As of 6:30 PM, Georgia Power confirmed that 66,771 customers are without power in Chatham County and 915,093 statewide. To find out if there is an outage in your area, please visit:
  • Curfew:
  • Monday September 11, 2017 11:00 PM until Tuesday September 12, 2017 6:00 AM.
  • Re-entry:
  • Residents should abide by the curfew to avoid any legal ramifications.
  • Georgia Power indicates a significant part of Chatham County residents are without power.
  • Damage assessment will take place beginning tomorrow morning, September 12, 2017. Upon reassessment residents will be allowed to re-enter.
  • Upon re-entry:
  • Please use caution when traveling in the county as some roads may have excessive water.
  • Tybee Island is inaccessible.
  • Assessment of Hwy 80 needs to be completed and your patience is appreciated. State and local partners need your assistance in ensuring equipment and personnel can access all portions of Hwy 80 in an effort to expenditure the re-opening.
  • The Savannah Hilton Head International Airport: Is expected to re-open tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
  • Please notify Georgia Power of power outages by calling 1-888-891-0938 or by visiting their website at
  • Damage:
  • We encourage residents to assess whether their property suffered any structural damage. Take pictures of all damaged property.
  • Contact your homeowners
  • To report damage to public facilities, downed power lines and trees, flooding and washout please utilize our Chatham Connect app, along with social media pages or call (912) 201-4500.
  • Be prepared to provide the exact address or intersecting roads for the location you are referencing.
  • 911:
  • For questions specific to the storm or to report damage, please use the CEMA Operations Line (912) 201-4500. 911 should be used for emergency calls only.
  • Hospitals:
  • The emergency rooms at Memorial and St. Joseph’s Hospitals remain open.
  • Civic Center:
  • The Civic Center is NOT a shelter. Please do not go there for sheltering purposes.
  • Tides:
  • According to the National Weather Service, the next high tide is expected after midnight at 12:47 AM.
  • Bridge / Road Closure:
  • The Talmadge Bridge remains closed per Georgia Department of Transportation.
  • Road closures will be updated regularly at
  • To report a road closure, call CEMA’s call center at (912) 201-4500. Please make sure you give the phone operator the exact location and the reason for the closure (i.e. down power line, down tree, flooding, debris, etc.) so that they can send the appropriate personnel to those locations.
  • School closures:
  •  SCCPSS closed through Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
  • Universities:
  • Savannah State University, Armstrong State University, and Georgia Southern University will remain closed through Wednesday, September 13, 2017.
  • All TCL campuses will remain closed through Wednesday, September 13. At this time, no reopening date has been set and will be determined once we are able to better assess the situation. Details:

  • Re-Entry into Beaufort County Barrier Islands will be determined on Tuesday


***Effingham County has issued a COUNTY WIDE curfew for 11PM tonight (9/11) through 6AM tomorrow (9/12). This includes all unincorporated portions of the county and the cities of Guyton, Rincon, and Springfield

.***If you have evacuated out of the county, before returning keep in mind: power, water, and phones could be disrupted for several days and roads could be closed by debris and damage.

DO NOT call 911 to report power outages or ask when power will be restored. Contact your utility hotline directly. Crews have already begun restoration efforts

.*Effingham Hospital should only be used by patients with life threatening emergencies

*From the Effingham County-Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD): If you have any damage to your home or property, you can call 1-800-451-1954 through September 30, 2017. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in chainsaw work, debris cleanup, and mucking out, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need, please call ASAP.Effingham Co. EMA has set up a voice-recorded information line for citizens at 912-754-8206. We are also running information updates on our website and Facebook page.

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