In a video posted at 1:30 p.m. today, two top Bryan County officials updated residents on what to expect tonight as conditions worsen from Hurricane Dorian.
County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger urged residents who have not evacuated to stay in their homes tonight as the storm approaches. Forecasters say the worst part of Dorian will be overnight and then be gone no later than noon on Thursday.
County Emergency Services Director Freddy Howell said Bryan County residents along the coast can expect up to 6 to 10 inches of rain and 3 to 5 feet of storm surge on top of high tides, along with sustained winds of 55 to 65 mph.
Howell cautioned against driving during the storm and said to not cross roads with standing water.
Infinger said evacuees should not return home until the storm has passed and were giving the OK by local officials.
He said the county will need time to assess roads and make sure they are safe and secure. He added that people will only get in the way of the job by emergency personnel if they return and are on the roads.
Finally, Infinger reminded residents of the curfew in place, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the area east of I-95 that had the mandatory evacuation. "You will be stopped by police," he said, if you are out after 9 p.m. tonight.
As previously reported, officials will evaluate after the storm passes whether the curfew needs to be in place for another night.
To watch the Carter Infinger/Freddy Howell video, click here.
In a separate press release, the City of Richmond Hill announced that non-essential staff who were initially told to be back before the end of the week, will now report back to work on Monday, September 9.