As was the case with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine five weeks ago, Bryan County and the rest of Coastal Georgia is in a “wait and see” mode as Hurricane Matthew rips through the Caribbean at 140 mph.
The National Hurricane Center has stated: “While there remains significant uncertainty in the track of Matthew long range, the threat to Florida and the southeastern U.S. coast has increased.”
Various models show the western edge of the storm cone extending deep into Georgia as it curves along the Georgia and South Carolina coasts, with an expected arrival early Saturday morning.
The impending weather has already caused scheduling changes for Bryan County Schools, although no decision has been made regarding classes. A decision was made Sept. 1 to cancel school Sept. 2 as Hermine approached.
“We are working closely with Bryan County Emergency Services on a daily basis as we monitor Hurricane Matthew,” said Superintendent Paul Brooksher. “At this time, it is too early to comment on any possible school closures.”
As with Hermine, which saw the cancellation of Bryan County and Richmond Hill football games on Sept. 2, Matthew is causing adjustments to athletic schedules. Richmond Hill softball will host a doubleheader at 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Region 2-AAAAAA championship with the “if necessary” game at 6 p.m. Thursday. Those games had been scheduled for Thursday and Friday. The Richmond Hill Middle School football team’s homecoming game also is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at RHHS.
Both high school football teams have a bye this week.
The Bryan County softball team is scheduled to play either Bacon County or Jeff Davis in the Region 2-AA tournament Thursday. The time and location will be announced.
Bryan County Emergency Services will post updates on its Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BryanCountyEmergencyServices/.