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County keeps close eye on Hurricane Irma: Tropical storm-force winds, storm surge expected

Jasper County expects to see tropical storm-force winds that could reach hurricane-strength wind gusts in the southern part of the county beginning later tonight into tomorrow, said Jasper County Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Garrett Lucas at a noon press conference.

The rest of the county should expect tropical-storm force winds.

Here are some other key points:

  • The storm surge expects to be 4 to 6 feet, with the peak time of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
  • Rain expects to be 3 to 6 inches, with higher amounts possible in parts of the county.
  • There’s a potential for tornadoes through Monday.
  • Prepare for widespread downed trees and power outages.
  • Expect severe thunderstorms tonight through Monday.
  • Mandatory evacuations remain for the Knowles Island and Tullifiny River basin areas.
  • Transportation to the shelter at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High (which currently has about 200 people) will continue to run until 8 p.m. Sunday until further notice. (See a list of pickup sites below).
  • If you need help getting to the shelter or for non-emergencies, call 843-726-4421.
  • Cots are now being provided at the shelter. However, people are encouraged to bring their own pillows, blankets, etc.
  • Speedway Blvd (U.S. 17) is closed from Alligator Alley (S.C. 170) south, including the intersection at South Okatie Hwy. (S.C. 315) and Speedway Blvd., across the Talmadge Bridge to Savannah until a time to be determined.
  • Transportation to shelter 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.

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