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.

  Officials urging Hampton County residents not to start fires during drought

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

  Chatham County not getting reimbursed for hurricane evacuations during Dorian

Tropical Depression 9 forms in the Atlantic Ocean

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

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

Continued Coverage

  Tybee residents, officials relieved tide levels lower than anticipated

City of Savannah ends curfew

Ga. Governor lifts mandatory evacuation for multiple coastal counties

Sidney Lanier, Talmadge bridges open following Hurricane Dorian

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

SWGA hotels are filling up from Dorian evacuees

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

Tracking Dorian: Still forecast to pass to our east

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

  Hurricane Dorian is now a Cat4

  Georgia Power preparing for possible Hurricane Dorian impacts

  Surfers enjoy early morning waves on Tybee Island

  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.

Tropical Depression Three dissipates northeast of Miami

A tropical wave developed in the Bahamas last weekend; becoming the season’s third tropical system.

Tracking The Tropics: Low risk of development in Southwest Atlantic

An area of storminess in the southwest Atlantic Ocean, near the Bahamas, has a low chance of tropical development within the next few days.

  Chatham Co. residents learn how to prepare for hurricane season

Folks from Chatham County were invited to go back to school on Saturday to learn more about preparing for the worst during hurricane season at the Chatham County Citizen Hurricane Academy held at Savannah High School.

CEMA, Memorial Health, WTOC partnering for Citizen Hurricane Academy

WTOC is partnering with the Chatham Emergency Management Agency and Memorial Health for the Chatham County Citizen Hurricane Academy.

  Expo in Vidalia to offer heat safety tips

Firefighters in Vidalia want to help you protect your family through the season.

Soldiers sustain minor injuries after strong storm blows through Fort Stewart

A few soldiers received minor injuries due to strong winds on Thursday evening.

Tropical Storm Barry continues in the Gulf

Tropics Storm Barry Update

What is a Potential Tropical Cyclone?

A non-tropical area of low pressure is located in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

  Several house fires in Pooler likely caused by lightning strikes

Of the five homes, the fire chief says three homes saw significant damage while the other two saw minor damage involving electrical appliances.

Storms may interrupt a few Independence Day plans

Storms may interrupt a few Independence Day plans.

Heat Advisory in effect until 7 p.m.

Dangerous heat indices are forecast for Monday afternoon and early evening.

Severe Storms Possible on Saturday

aturday is a First Alert Weather Day! Numerous showers and thunderstorms will devleop and some may be severe. There is a severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 9 p.m.

Weather calm after severe storms roll through Coastal Empire

First Alert Weather Day ends with a stunning sunset.

Friday is the first day of summer

For some, it may have felt like summer for the last few weeks, but Friday marks the summer solstice, the official start of the season.

First Alert Weather Day: Few late-day severe storms possible

Isolated, to scattered, severe storms are forecast to develop in middle Georgia and move into the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry late in the afternoon and evening.

Thursday is a First Alert Weather Day!

First Alert WX Day

Sinkhole develops in the Lowcountry after heavy rain

Rain takes its toll on grounds in Bluffton.

Are we still in drought?

The Lowcountry and Coastal Empire have received plenty of rain in the past 10 days. Many areas have seen well over 10 inches of rain.

  Flooding affects homeowners, drivers all around Coastal Empire and Lowcountry

Neighborhoods throughout the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry are waterlogged to point of water entering some residents homes in Effingham County.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain, strong storms continue Wednesday

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, Bulloch, Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Effingham, Evans, Bryan, Chatham, Long and Tattnall counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Join the First Alert Weather team at next hurricane preparedness event

Join the First Alert Weather team at the next hurricane expo.

First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain more likely today, street flooding possible

Tuesday and Wednesday are First Alert Weather Days; street flooding is more likely than previous days as widespread rain - some of which will be very heavy - soaks many spots in our area.

Apply for the Coastal Health District’s Hurricane Registry

The Hurricane Registry is a crucial safety net for coastal residents with medical or functional needs who have no other way to evacuate before a storm.

Severe Storms Possible Today!

Tuesday is a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. Strong to severe thunderstorms are developing and there is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 p.m.

  WATCH: Storm Ready 2019

WTOC wants to make sure you are prepared for the 2019 hurricane season.

Join the First Alert Weather Team at the Coastal Empire Hurricane Expo on Friday

Join the WTOC First Alert Weather Team and several local emergency agencies for the Coastal Empire Hurricane Expo this Friday.

First Alert Weather Day: Record breaking heat continues

Temperatures will once again top out in the upper 90s to the lower triple digits with “feels like” temperatures as warm as 105 degrees.

  Lowcountry family continues to rebuild after Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew was the most powerful storm of the 2016 hurricane season, with hurricane force winds felt along the coast. Some people still have not yet recovered.

  Pedicab businesses continue to work outside in extreme heat

“Don’t feel bad for us," said one pedicab driver. "But none of the pedicab drivers in Savannah get paid hourly. So if we’re sitting here, we’re not making money. So the more rides we get, the better it is for us

Memorial Day: Record-breaking heat likely

Monday is a First Alert Weather Day: There is a heat advisory in effect from noon until 8 p.m.

First Alert Weather Days continue next week.

First Alert Weather Day Explainer

First Alert Weather Day: Heat wave taking over

Our heat wave begins to build today as a string of well above average and hot days are ahead of us.

NOAA releases their 2019 Hurricane Forecast

NOAA 2019 Hurricane Forecast

Memorial Day Weekend may be hottest in more than 60 years

A prolonged, significant, heat wave is in the First Alert Forecast.

Doctors warn of heat safety as extreme temperatures approach

Doctors say hundreds of Americans die from heat-related illnesses every year. And, with the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry expecting extreme temperatures soon, citizens are encouraged to stay cool.

Andrea, 1st named storm of Atlantic season, downgraded to depression

Andrea formed a few weeks before the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins. It's not expected to last very long.

Severe thunderstorm watch for Sunday canceled


  A couple severe storms possible Mother’s Day Weekend

A couple severe storms possible Mother’s Day Weekend

NWS confirms EF-1 tornado touched down on Whitemarsh, Wilmington islands

A representative with the National Weather Service says the wind speeds were probably around 100 miles per hour, with max winds reaching 105 mph.

  Savannah Yacht Club suffers damage from tornado

The Savannah Sport Fishing Club Blue Water Tournament was having their final weigh in just feet from where a boat hoist crashed in to the dock house when a tornado struck Wilmington Island on Saturday.

  Employees of Wilmington Island businesses speak on tornado aftermath

Johnny Mercer Boulevard was littered with debris scattered across their parking lots. Several structures had roofs that were either completely caved in or torn off from the strong winds of the storm.

  Tropics: Watching, not worried about, storminess in Southwest Atlantic

Storminess in the Southwest Atlantic has a low chance of subtropical development.

National Weather Service assesses damage in Chatham and Jasper counties

The NWS team surveyed ares in northern Chatham County, Hardeeville, and along I-95.

  Severe Weather Thread: Alerts, Damage Reports

This is a revolving thread of weather and community information - a “home base” of key weather information.

  Line of strong, to severe, storms sweeps through Friday afternoon

Friday is a First Alert Weather Day.Widespread rain, and a few severe storms, are likely Friday as a cold front sweeps through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Classes canceled in Jeff Davis, Bacon & Wayne counties due to possible severe weather

Classes have been canceled Friday in Jeff Davis, Bacon and Wayne counties due to possible severe weather.

  Storms batter South, kill 2 in Mississippi, 1 in Alabama

Strong storms again roared across the South on Thursday, killing two Mississippi drivers and a woman in Alabama while leaving more than 100,000 people without power across Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

2019 Hurricane Conference being held in Savannah

The 2019 hurricane season starts in less than two months and emergency management agencies from across the Southeast will be in Savannah Tuesday for the Chatham County Hurricane Conference.

Severe weather with possible tornadoes forecast for South

The National Weather Service is warning pastors to have someone monitor the weather during Sunday services amid heightened risk for damaging tornadoes in parts of the