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Hurricane Irma: Monday update

POSTED: September 11, 2017 6:32 a.m.

Tropical storm force winds of between 39 and 74 mph continue to impact Bryan County as Hurricane Irma moves from Florida into Georgia.

Bryan County is under a tornado watch until 11 a.m. and up to 10 inches of rain are expected, plus storm surges along the coast of three to six feet.

The Richmond Hill Police Department overnight reported flooding on Mill Hill, Timber Trail, Port Royal and Highway 144 near Publix. Social media posts also said there was flooding in the Strathy Hall subdivision.

The city was under a curfew from 7 p.m. last night to 7 a.m. this morning, and officials countywide -- including Pembroke -- are asking residents to stay indoors and off the roads due to fallen trees and downed power lines. The RHPD also said there are pockets within the city that have already lost power.

People are reporting on social media that Melrose, Piercefield, Redbird Creek, Turtle Hill, Richmond Hill Plantation, Kinsale Bluff and Creekside are without power.

South Bryan County, along with all residents living east of I-95, remains under a mandatory evacuation. Residents who evacuated are asked not to return until the all-clear is given. 

Officials continue to encourage residents to sign up for CodeRED to receive text, email, phone calls and social media alerts regarding conditions. You can sign up at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BFAE755A2AFA.

Bryan County Schools Superintendent Paul Brooksher said the district is monitoring the storm, but have not made a decision at this time about canceling classes beyond Tuesday. Brooksher said he understands many families evacuated to locations where Irma has now shifted toward and may have difficulty returning home.

You can find power outage information at the following websites: Canoochee EMC (http://outage.canoocheeemc.com:8889/), Coastal Electric (http://oms.coastalemc.com/OMSWebMap/OMSWebMap.htm?clientKey=undefined) and Georgia Power (http://outagemap.georgiapower.com/external/default.html?hp=tm_po_view_outage_map).

Residents on private water systems should check with their utility company about potential shut offs. There are no plans to shut off municipal water systems, but service could be impacted by power outages.

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