With Hurricane Michael churning northeast and potentially a tropical storm when it gets here, Pembroke isn't taking any chances.
Pembroke City Administrator Alex Floyd said Wednesday the city is closing city hall Thursday and beginning tonight, the city will enforce a dusk to dawn curfew "to try and avoid any injuries from debris carried by high winds and rain."
Richmond Hill and Bryan County officials are continuing to monitor the storm, according to updates on social media, but no closures have been announced.
Here's a copy and paste of Pembroke's announcement:
"After consulting with Public Safety Director Collins, we have decided to close City Hall to office staff on Thursday October 11. Pembroke Police will be using the building as a staging area. Our Fire Dept and our Public Works Dept will be stationed at their respective facilities monitoring the situation and responding to any needs. The City of Pembroke is in a declared state of emergency meaning that extra personnel will be working extra hours and a dusk to dawn curfew will be enforced to try and avoid any injuries from debris carried by high winds and rain."
"Please remember to bring pets inside, secure any loose lawn furniture or any potential debris around your homes, do your part to keep our ditches and drains free flowing, avoid standing water and clear and stay far away from any downed powerlines. If you or anyone you know in the City is on oxygen or any other medical device without electrical backup please contact the Pembroke Fire Dept at 912 653-4400."
Here's the latest on Hurricane Michael from Bryan County Emergency Services:
Current BEMA OPCON: 3-Disaster or emergency situation likely or imminent. Full or partial activation of the Bryan County Emergency Operations Center.
Hurricane Michael is now a category 4 storm and expected to remain a major hurricane up to landfall. Significant impacts from winds and tornadoes now expected across southeast SC and GA.
WINDS: Highest sustained winds up to 25 to 30 mph with higher gusts 35 to 45 mph possible, especially within rain bands. Tropical Storm Force Winds Most Likely Wednesday night through Thursday. Scattered downed trees and power lines. Difficult travel on elevated roads/bridges. Scattered power outages likely.
TORNADOES: Isolated to scattered tornado damage, along with power outages are possible. Tornadoes may come with little/no warning, particularly dangerous at night while people are sleeping.
RAINFALL: Storm Total Rainfall amounts up to 2 to 4 inches.
COASTAL FLOODING: Minor to moderate impacts during each high tide cycle through tonight.
COASTAL HAZARDS: Life-threatening rip currents through Thursday. High surf and elevated tides will produce some beach erosion around times of high tide
SCHOOL CLOSURES: Savannah-Bryan County Public Schools are closed on Thursday, October 11th for all students.
Now is the time to prepare for potential impacts to Bryan County.