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  City of Savannah monitoring downtown flowers during cold snap

On display in Wright Square for Savannah's visitors and residents alike are some of the most vulnerable blooms during a frost.

  Screven Co. schools closed Friday because of roads washing out due to rain

Montgomery Co. EMA gives update on local State of Emergency

  Altamaha River levels concerning Wayne Co. community

  State of Emergency still in effect for parts of Montgomery Co.

  Flooding causes mandatory evacuation order in Montgomery Co.

  Wayne Co. EMA monitoring Altamaha River level

Continued Coverage

  Savannah students build tidal sensors to collect data across the county

  Jasper County residents prepare for possibly weeks of river flooding

Storm Damage: Reports of damage in Appling, Bacon, Wayne counties

  Liberty Co. Emergency Management preparing for severe weather

Bulloch Co. officials preparing for severe weather

  Beaufort Co. emergency responders prepare for severe weather

  Thunderbolt marina prepares for potential severe weather

Local marinas, like Morningstar Marina, spent their morning bringing in boats and also strapping down loose equipment along the docks.

  Chatham County students participate in statewide tornado drill

Many schools, including Chatham Academy, participated in a state-wide tornado drill.

Area emergency management agencies offering storm spotter training

Area citizens can train to become a storm spotter this month.

  ’Family Preparedness’ first day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Monday was the first day of Severe Weather Awareness/Preparedness Week in Georgia.

  Organizations help 64-year-old woman repair her home after Hurricane Dorian

Talking Weather and Fishing with Capt. Jimmy Armel

Protecting your plants in the cold

  Surveillance video captures moment EF-2 tornado rips through S.C. high school

  NASA snow chasers begin mission at Hunter Army Airfield

  Flooding recedes, Bryan Co. families hoping Hwy 144 project fixes issue

  Altamaha River residents watching riverbanks as rain causes it to rise

The rain we’ve gotten has several rivers higher than usual and some neighbors concerned. On the Altamaha River, it has people watching their river banks and upstream.

  Flood waters receding in Richmond Hill after rain

Flood water were meeting many South Bryan County residents right at their front door, cars even submerged, on Monday. However Tuesday it’s a different scene.

  Richmond Hill residents seeing heavy flooding near Hwy. 144 project

Rain and flooding in South Bryan County, is putting a damper on many residents’ Christmas spirit.

  Rain impacting dirt roads in Bulloch County

In some rural areas, all the rain creates a different set of problems, especially on dirt roads.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, risk of flooding continue

Today is a First Alert Weather Day. Flood and Flash Flood Watches remain in effect for a large portion of the WTOC Viewing Area. With temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s, areas of heavy rain will focus along the I-95 corridor and in the South Carolina Lowcountry through the morning.

Irwin Co. moving toward recovery after Tuesday tornado strikes

According to the National Weather Service confirms that a EF-2 tornado touched down inn Irwin County Tuesday night.

Tornado Watch canceled for WTOC viewing area

Update: The Tornado Watch has been canceled.

  Chatham County shifting funds due to Hurricane Dorian evacuation

Chatham County Commissioners approved a large chunk of money, about $215,000, to cover the gap in expenses from Hurricane Dorian on Friday.

As November ends, so does Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season is officially over Saturday.

‘Unicorn’ meteor shower could produce rare storm Thursday night

Thursday night's meteor shower could produce a meteor outburst, meaning multiple shooting stars per second.

  Bird cam project hoping eagles return to nest

Back to back to back hurricane seasons have taken their toll, not only on people, but for a well watched nesting site on Skidaway Island.

  Int’l Association of Emergency Managers conference being held in Savannah

The 67th annual International Association of Emergency Managers conference is being held at the Savannah Convention Center.

  Non-profit in Baxley collecting blankets and heaters

A group in Baxley needs your help to take care of people who don’t have what they need to keep them warm.

  Woman burned by heating pad, says timer malfunctioned

A user warning for anyone sleeping with heating pads and or heated blankets. Baylee Satchell says the timer on her brand new two-foot-long heating pad she received as a wedding present never went off.

  Burton Fire gives fire prevention temps as cold weather moves in

The Burton Fire District says cooking and heating can be two of the leading causes of fires during the winter months.

  Car safety tips during cold weather

With this cold weather coming our way, there are a few things you’ll probably start to see when it comes to your car.

  Protecting plants, pets, and people as the temperatures turn cold

As temperatures drop it is important to protect plants, pets, and people.

Freezing temperatures, even colder wind chills by Wednesday morning

An unseasonably strong, Arctic, cold front is forecast to sweep through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry Tuesday.

First Alert Forecast: Frost, then freeze? Prepare your yard!

A series of cold fronts are forecast to bring progressively colder air to the central and eastern United States through late next week.

  Heating safety tips as cold weather approaches

As the colder temperatures start to arrive here in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry, there are a few things you need to start thinking about if you use things like space heaters to keep things toasty inside your home.

  Large amount of rain impacting Bulloch County dirt roads

The large amount of rain is taking its toll on dirt roads in some rural communities, including Bulloch County.

First Alert Weather Day: Nestor to bring widespread rain

Tropical Storm Nestor is now a post-Tropical Cyclone.

  Beaufort Co. preparing ahead of Tropical Storm Nestor

Places in the Lowcountry saw a lot of wind and some downed trees during Hurricane Dorian, but not a lot of rain. Since this weekend’s forecast is changing that, Bluffton officials are preparing just in case.

We now have Tropical Storm Nestor: First Alert Weather Day Saturday

An area of low pressure, classified as Potential Tropical Cyclone 16, is drifting through the central Gulf of Mexico Friday morning.

First Alert Weather Podcast

The WTOC Weather Team brings you the latest weather news, weather myths, and overall fun of meteorology with the First Alert Podcast.

  Dry conditions affecting livestock’s food supply

Ranchers who haven’t seen rain in months say this drought is taking its toll, not only on the livestock and what they’d feed them now but what they need to feed them this winter.

Heads up! You can see the full Hunter’s Moon starting this Sunday

If you love astronomy, you’ll want to make sure to enjoy this weekend’s full Hunter’s Moon, which will be visible starting on Sunday.

  Officials urging Hampton County residents not to start fires during drought

Drought conditions throughout much of the WTOC viewing area are creating an additional hazard for firefighters.

  Jesup extending a hand to help those affected by Dorian in the Bahamas

They’ve got resources and materials. What they need now are people with skills and a free week to go down and help.

  Chatham County not getting reimbursed for hurricane evacuations during Dorian

During Friday’s meeting, the Chatham County Commission discussed reserve funds in the county budget related to the mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Tropical Depression 9 forms in the Atlantic Ocean

The 5 p.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center states that Tropical Depression 9 has officially formed in the Atlantic Ocean.

First advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center for Potential Tropical Cyclone 9

The National Hurricane Center has released the first advisory for Potential Tropical Cyclone 9, or what could become Tropical Storm Humberto.

  Bluffton High School students holding ‘Bills for the Bahamas’ fundraiser

One of the organizers of the fundraiser once vacationed on the island and can’t believe the destruction she has seen on the news.

  Tybee residents, officials relieved tide levels lower than anticipated

The storm was expected to bring record flooding to Tybee Island overnight. Thankfully, the tide did not get as high as expected.

City of Savannah ends curfew

The City of Savannah has lifted the curfew that was put in place prior to Hurricane Dorian’s arrival.

Ga. Governor lifts mandatory evacuation for multiple coastal counties

The order goes into effect Monday at noon and includes individuals east of I-95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties.

Sidney Lanier, Talmadge bridges open following Hurricane Dorian

The Sidney Lanier bridge in Glynn County and the Talmadge Bridge in Chatham County have reopened following Hurricane Dorian.

Check power outage maps for Ga., S.C.

When a storm threatens, keep track of power outages in your area.

SWGA hotels are filling up from Dorian evacuees

A number of hotels across South Georgia are filling up as Florida evacuees flee from Hurricane Dorian.

LINKS: Evacuation info from Georgia, South Carolina emergency management agencies

Links to more evacuation information from the Georgia and South Carolina emergency management agencies.

McMaster: Evacuation from coast ahead of Dorian going smoothly

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is set to update the Palmetto State’s preps for Hurricane Dorian.

Airbnb offering free temporary housing to displaced residents, relief workers due to Hurricane Dorian

Airbnb has announced a program offering free temporary housing for displaced residents and relief workers due to Hurricane Dorian.

Evacuation order lifted for Hunter Army Airfield

A mandatory evacuation order has been issued for Hunter Army Airfield.

  S.C. governor declares state of emergency ahead of any impacts from Hurricane Dorian

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

Tracking Dorian: Still forecast to pass to our east

Hurricane Dorian is a Category 4 hurricane. Winds are 145 mph. Dorian remains a relatively small, yet powerful hurricane.

Red flags warning swimmers of potentially dangerous water conditions on Tybee Island

Red flags are flying on Tybee Island beaches Saturday.

  Hurricane Dorian is now a Cat4

Dorian continues to shift changing the impacts on the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry

  Georgia Power preparing for possible Hurricane Dorian impacts

When your lights go out, there is not a better sight than seeing a lineman show up to get that power back on.

  Surfers enjoy early morning waves on Tybee Island

A handful of surfers were out enjoying the waves on Tybee Island’s North Beach early Friday morning.

  Tybee Island officials concerned Hurricane Dorian could bring flooding

While Highway 80 flooding affects Tybee, it’s actually up to the Chatham County Police Department to monitor it Thursday night, as waters could get above 10 feet, which would cause it to flood.

Hurricane Dorian slowing down; we may see days of rain

While Dorian didn’t gain much strength in the 5 p.m. advisory, it will from now until landfall in a favorable environment.

  Farmers watching Dorian’s track closely, as storm could have effect on crops

Farmers are watching Hurricane Dorian’s track very closely. Many of them have crops in the field that could benefit from showers, but could be wiped out by anything stronger.

  City of Savannah prepping facilities, personnel ahead of Hurricane Dorian

Savannah city leaders got an update Thursday afternoon on how Emergency Management is monitoring Hurricane Dorian.

  Gov. Kemp holds news conference ahead of any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp held a news conference to provide an update on the state’s preparations for any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian expected to continue strengthening

Dorian continues to gain strength as a category 1 hurricane with winds of 80 mph.

  Some Savannah residents left with big mess after storms

Kevin Perkins and Carmel Cowart are left with big messes to clean up. They both describe the storm as fast and powerful.

Storms cause damage in Windsor Forest neighborhood

Lightning, high winds, and heavy rain came down Wednesday afternoon, and some homes were damaged as a result.

NOAA updates 2019 Hurricane Seasonal Outlook

NOAA has released their updated outlook for the 2019 hurricane season.