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Richmond Hill issues curfew

POSTED: September 10, 2017 12:31 p.m.

The city of Richmond Hill has issued a curfew from 7 p.m. Sunday night through 7 a.m. Monday morning.

Residents who are out during this time may be stopped. Roadblocks will also be set up at re-entry points.

Law enforcement is also asking those who evacuated not to return until after the storm passes. They do not want people to clog up the roadways as public safety officials evaluate damage and power company crews work to restore electrical service.

"We are still under a mandatory evacuation order issued by the governor and expect severe weather to come our way tonight and tomorrow with heavy rain, high winds and the potential for flooding," according to a statement from City Clerk Dawnne Greene. 

Gov. Deal issued a mandatory evacuation effective Saturday for all residents living east of I-95. Pembroke leaders have not issed a mandatory or voluntary evacuation, but said those who feel unsafe were encouraged to leave. Pembroke would, however, institute a curfew if the area sustains extensive damage and wide-spread power outages.

As Hurricane Irma continues to shift west, Bryan County will still experience tropical storm force winds of 50 mph, along with up to 10 inches of rain and surges of up to six feet along the coast and the Ogeechee River.

If you did not evacuate, officials are asking that you shelter in place during the storm and put items that could be blown around by the wind such as trash cans, patio furniture and propane tanks in your garage or another secure location. Once the storm hits, public safety officials say they will not be able to assist you if you call 911 until the heavy winds subside.

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 said there will be no classes Monday or Tuesday, and all extracurricular activities during the closure have been canceled.

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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