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McIntosh County issues voluntary evacuation for all islands in the county

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McIntosh County has issued a voluntary evacuation for all islands within the county.

Read the entire statement issued below:

The McIntosh County Board of Commissioners has issued a state of Emergency for McIntosh County. 

County offices and courts will be closed on Thursday, October 6, 2016 and Friday, October 7, 2016. 

McIntosh County Board of Commissioners has called for a voluntary evacuation for ALL islands within McIntosh County (i.e. Sapelo Island, Hird Island, Barbour Island), low lying areas, and mobile homes that is effective immediately. 

At this time, an evacuation of the mainland is not anticipated. There are no plans to close causeways to any of the islands at any time during the storm unless it is physically impossible to cross the causeways due to water. 

However, should conditions warrant a closure, emergency services will no longer be available to the island’s residents and evacuation will not be possible. 

Impacts from Hurricane Matthew are expected to be felt in McIntosh County beginning Thursday night. 

As the storm gets closer to our area, impacts will continue to amplify. Damaging winds, heavy rain, and flooding are likely. 

Life-threatening storm surge is possible with large destructive surf. 

Dangerous rip currents and significant beach erosion is anticipated. 

These weather conditions are likely to cause downed trees and power outages that could last for several days.

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