Jasper under a Tropical Storm warning; Buses to shelter run until 8 p.m.
Jasper County officials held a 6 p.m. update on the threat of Hurricane Irma.
Here are some key points:
• About 150 people have taken residence at the shelter at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High as of 6 p.m.
• Bus pickup routes to the shelter will continue to run until 8 p.m. Saturday and resume 8 a.m. Sunday (See a list of pickup sites below).
• Those who go to the shelter should bring their own clothes, blankets, and other necessary supplies. Cots will not be provided.
• No pets are allowed.
• Knowles Island and Tullifiny River basin area remain in a mandatory evacuation. Sheriff Chris Malphrus said law enforcement will monitor those areas.
• The county suggests, but does not mandate, residents in the Levy area south of Hwy. 170 to evacuate because of flood concerns.
• As of 5:30 p.m., the county is under a Tropical Storm warning. It continues to be under a hurricane watch and a storm surge warning.
• An inundation of water expects to be more than 4-6 feet because of the storm surge.
• Winds expected to be 35-45 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 miles per hour by Sunday evening. Winds could knock down power lines and trees. Tornadoes are possible.
• If you need a medical-needs shelter in another part of the state, call 866-249-0133.
- For non-emergencies, call 843-726-4421.
Fire Chief Wilbur Daley still advises people to consider evacuating.
“We continue to urge people to get to a safe place,” he said.
Shelter pick up locations:
• Levy Volunteer Fire Department Station 25, 2721 Levy Rd
• Levy Volunteer Fire Department Station 20, 3677 Bellinger Hill Rd
• Jasper County Fire-Rescue Station 32 (Roseland), 4030 Coosawscenic Dr.
• Jasper County Fire-Rescue Station 33 (Point South), 630 Campground Rd .
• Hardeeville Fire Department Station 81, 21 Martin St.
• Hardeeville Fire Department Station 82, 2539 Argent Blvd.