Effingham County preps for Hurricane Michael

EEMA has activated our Emergency Operations Center to Operations Level 3. We are monitoring Hurricane Michael’s forecast track and timelines for impacts to Effingham County, providing updates to county and city leaders, and addressing any resource needs.

Current forecasts for Effingham County:

Effingham County is under a Tropical Storm Warning and has been included in the Governor’s State of Emergency.

Portions of Effingham have already received more than 2” of rain, and an additional 2-6” of rain is possible today through Thursday evening.

Winds will begin increasing over the course of the day, with higher winds expected late Wednesday and into the early hours of Thursday morning.

Widespread wind damage is expected, with down trees and power lines, so we want to urge everyone to prepare for power outages:

Have flashlights and an AM/FM radio with extra batteries.

Have nonperishable food, a manual can opener, and bottled water.

Do not call 9-1-1 to report outages – call your utility provider.

At this time, we do not foresee a need to issue any evacuation orders for Effingham County.

If you do not feel safe in your home, the following Good Samaritan Shelters will open this evening at 6PM, please bring your own bedding, toiletries, food, and water:

Sandhill Baptist Church {1936 Sand Hill Rd, Guyton GA 31312

Liberty Christian Fellowship {302 Church St, Guyton GA 31312

Springfield United Methodist Church {210 Cleveland St, Springfield GA 31329

Elam Egypt Baptist Church {184 Fifth St South, Guyton GA 31312

We will broadcast any changes to government services or school schedules, should they be deemed necessary. At this time, no closures have been announced.

This information and updates are available on our information line at 912-754-8206, our website, and our Facebook page.

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