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City officials tracking TS Hermine from Emergency Coordination Center

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah officials continue to track the effects of Tropical Storm Hermine.

All the major agencies have been monitoring this storm at the city’s Emergency Coordination Center, watching the radar, city cameras plus managing thousands of calls.

Officials from Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, Savannah Fire, and Public Works have been stationed here since 7 a.m.

I'm told there have been more that 2,000 calls into the 911 center - most of those were weather-related - including 99 fire calls.

The mayor stopped by, thanking all the folks who helped make sure the city of Savannah made it safely through the storm. 

"It wasn't as severe as we thought it was going to be but we got people in place. We did what we were supposed to do and we react based on that so you can't practice enough,” said Mayor Eddie DeLoach.

The wind was one of the bigger issues for the city, leaving a mess to clean up, along with thousands of power outages. 

"Particularly with the police department. We had two stations down at one point, plus a fire station without power and on back-up generators," said David Donnelly, Emergency Management Director. "I'm surprised we didn't have more home damage than we did, at least in the city limits. But overall, I think it was a good experience for us and good exercise, and we learned a lot. We will continue to move forward on our preparedness efforts." 

The city has demobilized its Emergency Operations Center and has moved back to Normal Operations and Operating Condition 5.

OPCON 5 is standard operating level during the hurricane season.

To report damage, visit our website at ChathamEmergency.org. For road closures, please visit www.chathamcounty.org/Road-Closures.

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