GLYNN COUNTY, Ga. -- The Glynn County Board of Commissioners have called for a mandatory evacuation for all residents.
The mandatory evacuation order is in effect as of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. It is highly recommended that residents in this area evacuate as soon as possible.
Glynn County is currently under a Hurricane Warning. Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly starting late Thursday afternoon into the evening. Winds of 50-60 miles per hour with gusts up to and above 90 miles per hour are expected for at least 24 hours in the Glynn County area.
As much as 10 inches of rain are forecasted in addition to surge levels of 4-8 feet. Power outages are highly anticipated and could last for an undetermined amount of time.
According to the Board of County Commissioners, there is a strong possibility that the Jekyll Island Causeway will be closed due to storm surge. A possible closure of the FJ Torras Causeway is likely due to the storm surge. Any closures will take place when conditions make the roadways impassable. The Sidney Lanier Bridge will close when winds reach between 40-45 miles per hour.
There are no shelters in Glynn County or any other coastal counties in accordance with guidelines provided by the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
You can find a list of available shelters in Georgia and pick-up locations for those utilizing the Need-a-Ride program by clicking here.
If you live in the area and do not have a means to get to a Need-a-Ride pick up location, you can call Coastal Regional Coaches at 912-437-0830 for Glynn County residents or 912-267-5559 for those living in Brunswick.
The following Red Cross shelters are currently open:
• Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Rd., Macon, GA
• First Baptist Church, 400 Main St., Moultrie, GA
• Swainsboro Rec. Dept., 632 McLeod Bridge Rd., Swainsboro, GA
• Park Avenue Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA
• Peach County Fire Station 6, 1770 U S Hwy. 341, Fort Valley, GA
• Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave., Augusta, GA
Pet friendly shelters:
• Houston County * Horses ONLY* 60 Stalls
Georgia National Fairgrounds
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
• Sumter County
Sumter County Humane Society
108 Industrial Blvd
Americus, GA 31719
• Tift County
Tift County Extension Bldg
1468 Carpenter Rd
Tifton, GA 31794