Mandatory evacuations of coastal counties east of I-95 were ordered to begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday. But on Monday, Exit 104 in Metter was already packed with a combination of hurricane evacuees, fleeing the path of Dorian, and holiday travelers attempting to head back home after the long weekend.
Candler County EMA began meeting last week in preparation for Dorian, which by Sunday had strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane and was pummeling the Bahamas. “We are still monitoring this thing,” said EMA Deputy Director Justin Wells. “We still do not have a lot of confidence in the models that we see.”
For Candler County, Wells said, “The big thing is the evacuations and the influx of people coming into the county. We want our local residents to exercise caution at the interchange, and, when possible, avoid the interstate as much as possible during this time.”
“This may end up as a long-term event for Candler County EMA and the Candler County Sheriff’s Office as the evacuees pass through here and then return home once they get the all clear. We are going to be working this thing for the long haul.”
“In the meantime,” Wells continued, “we also ask our community to keep everyone in the path of this dangerous storm in their thoughts and prayers.”
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