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Coastal areas of McIntosh County under mandatory evacuation

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If you live in the Coastal Georgia counties, you've already been given a timeline to evacuate.

The McIntosh County Board of Commissioners has issued a State of Emergency for McIntosh County, and the governor said everyone east of there must evacuate Saturday. The county now says that goes for both sides.

Emergency leaders for McIntosh County and Darien met Thursday afternoon to put their plans into action and decided then on a mandatory evacuation, effective Friday morning at 8 a.m. They'd already issued an immediate evacuation for the county's islands like Sapelo, Hird, and Barbour as well as special needs residents. The county's EMA leader says nobody has to wait for those deadlines, either. 

"If they don't have anything they have to take care of and can go ahead and leave, you can beat some of the influx from Florida, and people from here evacuating from here, too," said Ty Poppell, McIntosh County, EMA Director. 

From the McIntosh County Board of Commissioners:

County offices and courts will be closed on Friday, September 8, 2017. McIntosh County Board of Commissioners has called for a mandatory evacuation for ALL islands within McIntosh County (i.e. Sapelo Island, Hird Island, Barbour Island) and special needs citizens effective at noon Thursday, September 07, 2017. 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 Irma are expected to be felt in McIntosh County beginning Saturday extending through Tuesday. 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.    

All McIntosh County Schools will be closed Friday, Sept. 8 through Tuesday, Sept. 12.

With the evacuation comes a curfew of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. starting Friday night. 

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