CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - At 6 a.m. Thursday morning, Chatham Emergency Management Agency moved into OPCON 2.
OPCON 2 includes 24 hour operations. Chatham County is now in the evacuation phase.
Chatham County is currently under a Hurricane Watch. The forecast track remains a threat to Chatham County. Hurricane Matthew is traveling north at 12 MPH.
Tropical storm winds are approximately 490 miles from Chatham County.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles.
Significant coastal flooding is possible mid to late week. High surf, large breaking waves are also possible.
Tybee Island has a mandatory evacuation in place as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Residents east of the Wilmington River and other low lying areas throughout the County are urged to evacuate beginning at 8:00 am Thursday, October 6. All areas in and about rivers or tributaries are also urged to evacuate. If you are in an area where you feel unsafe, you are urged to evacuate to an area where you will be safe.
The American Red Cross has opened a number of shelters across Georgia including the following:
- Bibb County: Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Rd, Macon, GA 31220
- Bibb County: North Macon Park, 815 North Macon Park Drive, Macon, GA 31220 (opening at 10 a.m.)
- Colquitt County: First Baptist Church, 400 Main St, Moultrie, GA 31768
- Emanuel County: Swainsboro Rec. Dept., 632 McLeod Bridge Rd, Swainsboro, GA 30401
- Lowndes County: Park Avenue Methodist Church, 100 E. Park Ave., Valdosta, GA 31602
- Peach County: Peach County Fire Station 6, 1770 US Hwy 341, Fort Valley, GA 31030
- Richmond County: Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church, 1330 Monte Sano Ave, Augusta, GA 30904
Citizens with functional medical needs (FMN) should call the Chatham County Public Health Department at 912-691-7443 for help with finding resources.