Weather Alert: Hurricane Dorian

Evacuation Order Lifted & Causeway/Island Reopened

Thursday September 5, 2019 • 11:47 a.m. EDT

The governor has lifted the evacuation order for Glynn County and the State of Emergency has ended. The GDOT has inspected all Jekyll Island bridges and confirmed they are safe to reopen. Jekyll Island is now open for re-entry and all roadways including the Jekyll Island Causeway and Sidney Lanier Bridge are open to the public.

Assessments of damage to areas of the island are still ongoing, but the Jekyll Island Authority is grateful to the residents and business partners who worked swiftly to prepare the island ahead of the storm, and the overall impact is minimal.

Water & Sewer have not been impacted and is available across the island.

Power has been restored to most of the island at this time. To check for outages to your property, visit www.georgiapower.com/storm

Initial inspection all of beach crossovers show they are all intact and usable, but please use caution when accessing beaches and bike paths, as there may be debris impacting their use.

Glynn County Schools plan to resume a regular school schedule beginning Friday, September 6.

Ameris Bank on Jekyll Island will reopen at 1 p.m. today, September 5.

The Jekyll Island Authority offices will open and return to normal operating hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., beginning Friday, September 6. Jekyll Island Amenities will reopen Friday, September 6, as follows:

  • Jekyll Island Campground: reopening normal operating hours
  • Jekyll Island Golf Club: Pine Lakes & Great Dunes golf courses will reopen at 12 p.m. More information will be provided as the other courses reopen.
  • McCormick’s Grill: reopening normal operating hours, including breakfast and lunch
  • Jekyll Island Tennis Center: Limited court access will be available beginning at 12 p.m.
  • Mosaic, the Jekyll Island Museum: reopening normal operating hours
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center: Gift shop open normal operating hours; gallery and rehabilitation pavilion closed under further notice; pending the return transportation of patients
  • Summer Waves: reopening Saturday, September 7
  • Jekyll Island Bike Barn & Mini Golf: reopening normal operating hours
  • Jekyll Island Convention Center: reopening normal operating hours
  • All public restrooms: reopening normal operating hours
  • Jekyll Island Airport: now open
  • Jekyll Island Guest Information Center: now open

Please understand that JIA employees will be working diligently to restore all services and amenities on the island as quickly as possible, though some services may not be fully-restored upon opening.

Please check with businesses directly for their returning hours of operations, but please allows business owners time to return to the island and assess their properties.

Waste Management will complete a trash-only pickup tomorrow, September 6, and will return to a normal trash collection schedule Monday, September 9, with the exception of recycling. Recycling collection will take place Wednesday, September 11 and then return to a normal recycling schedule.

More information on storm debris & tree removal will be provided as it becomes available.

If you discover a downed power line, please do not touch them, as they can be extremely dangerous. Please immediately report it to Georgia Power by calling 888-891-0938 or visiting: www.georgiapower.com/storm

Please continue to refer to the Jekyll Island website for updates:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #10: Damage Assessment & Re-Entry

Wednesday September 4, 2019 • 7:32 p.m. EDT

Jekyll Island and Glynn County are still under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning and a Hurricane Watch, as Hurricane Dorian has not yet passed Glynn County. The storm is still set to deliver tropical storm force winds to the area, causing potential power outages and wind damage. Strong winds and heavy rains will make it difficult and unsafe to drive. Please stay off of the roads and shelter in place at this time.

Jekyll Island representatives, along with city and county officials and partners, will be assessing any damages overnight and through the morning, once it is determined to be safe for them to do so, and will make decisions based on this assessment about timing to lift the evacuation order and begin re-entry phases. Any necessary repairs needed for power, water, and sewer systems will take place prior to the evacuation order being cancelled.

As a reminder, the Jekyll Island causeway and Sidney Lanier bridge are closed and Jekyll Island is under a curfew, prohibiting access to all public places on the island until the curfew has been lifted. Please be advised that the Georgia State Patrol, Glynn County Sheriff’s Department and DNR Law Enforcement will have a continued presence on the island and will take appropriate action as necessary. 

To alert Georgia Power of any downed power lines and outages, please go to www.georgiapower.com/storm or call 888-891-0938.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates as the storm passes through the area:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #9: Roads Unsafe for Travel

Wednesday September 4, 2019 • 10:43 a.m. EDT

Jekyll Island is currently under a Tropical Storm Warning, making roadways unsafe for travel.

Anticipated effects from Hurricane Dorian may be felt as early as 11 a.m. this morning, continuing through 3 p.m. this afternoon. High tide is at 1:10 p.m. and roadways, including the Jekyll Island causeway, could be flooded two hours on either side of that time.

Strong winds and heavy rains will make it difficult and unsafe to drive. Please stay off of the roads and shelter in place at this time.

As a reminder, the Jekyll Island causeway and Sidney Lanier bridge are closed and Jekyll Island is under a curfew, prohibiting access to all public places on the island until the curfew has been lifted. Please be advised that the Georgia State Patrol, Glynn County Sheriff’s Department and DNR Law Enforcement will have a continued presence on the island and will take appropriate action as necessary. 

To alert Georgia Power of any downed power lines and outages, go to www.georgiapower.com/storm or call 888-891-0938.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates on the evacuation, closures and curfew:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #8: Jekyll Island Causeway Closure, Curfew & Re-Entry 

Tuesday September 3, 2019 • 5:38 p.m. EDT

Jekyll Island Authority representatives, alongside emergency management and county officials, are continuing to monitor Hurricane Dorian. The current track shows positive shifts eastward but we are continuing to monitor the storm system for any potential changes. All of Glynn County, including Jekyll Island, is currently under a Storm Surge Warning and a Hurricane Warning. Increasing wind speeds are predicted through tonight and the strongest sustained winds are expected to impact Jekyll Island and other barrier islands.

JIA representatives are in ongoing consultations with Glynn County officials on re-entry procedures and final details will be forthcoming.

All bike paths, beaches and the Clam Creek Fishing Pier are closed, and the Downing Musgrove Causeway, also known as the Jekyll Island Causeway, will be closing tonight, Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m., in accordance with the Executive Order announced September 2.

Upon closure, the causeway will be barricaded and no entry will be permitted. Please be advised that the Georgia State Patrol, Glynn County Sheriff’s Department and DNR Law Enforcement will have a continued presence on the island and will take appropriate action as necessary. 

The Sidney Lanier Bridge will also be closing beginning tonight, Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m. At this time, it is unknown when the bridge will reopen. Following the storm, the bridge will be thoroughly inspected prior to reopening.

The Jekyll Island Authority has also issued a curfew, to begin Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m., following the causeway closure. Curfew will remain in place until further notice. During a curfew, it is prohibited for any person to appear in public in the territory subject to the curfew, including but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, public buildings, beaches, roads, in vehicles or otherwise, and any other public places on Jekyll Island during the stated hours of the curfew.

Understand that if you chose to stay and ignore the mandated evacuation order, be prepared to be self-sufficient during and after the storm with no assistance from emergency responders or the support of utilities. There is no guarantee that emergency services or water and sewer services will be available.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the mandatory evacuation orders and leave Jekyll Island immediately. This storm is serious and should not be underestimated.

Georgia Power has provided the following information regarding ongoing preparations for potential power outages or impact:

  • GPC Storm Center in Atlanta is open and constantly monitoring conditions.
  • All GPC line personnel across the state reported to work on Tuesday packed for one week.
  • Two large crews from Atlanta arrived Monday. One crew will be assigned to the Brunswick Area and one to the Savannah Area.
  • Alabama Power and Mississippi Power crews are prepared to respond if needed.
  • Staging areas along the coast are prepared and ready to receive crews.
  • Leadership teams made up of managers and engineers from all over the state have been identified and are ready to move into the area if necessary.
  • Storerooms have been stocked with extra transformers, poles and wire.

More information will be provided as it becomes available. Customers can visit www.georgiapower.com/storm to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can also report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates on the evacuation, closures and curfew:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #7: Jekyll Island Causeway Closure & Curfew

Monday September 2, 2019 • 5:08 p.m. EDT

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for Jekyll Island and Glynn County.

In accordance with the mandated evacuation order issued by Governor Kemp for Glynn County, The Jekyll Island Authority has signed an Executive Order issuing a State of Emergency for Jekyll Island, effective beginning Monday, September 2 at 12 p.m. The executive order provides the Executive Director authority to issue reasonable orders necessary to protect the public, employees and guests of Jekyll Island. The full executive order can be viewed here.

Effective immediately, all bike paths, beaches and the Clam Creek Fishing Pier are closed.

Following the executive order for Jekyll Island, the Downing Musgrove Causeway, also known as the Jekyll Island Causeway, will be closing Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m. Upon closure, the causeway will be barricaded and no entry will be permitted until re-entry is activated, based on safety conditions following the storm.

The Sidney Lanier Bridge will also be closed beginning, Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m. At this time, it is unknown when the bridge will reopen. Following the storm, the bridge will be thoroughly inspected prior to reopening.

The Jekyll Island Authority has also issued a curfew, to begin Tuesday, September 3 at 8 p.m., following the causeway closure. Curfew will remain in place until further notice.

During a curfew, it is prohibited for any person to appear in public in the territory subject to the curfew, including but not limited to, streets, sidewalks, public buildings, beaches, roads, in vehicles or otherwise, and any other public places on Jekyll Island during the stated hours of the curfew. Please be advised that the Georgia State Patrol, Glynn County Sheriff’s Department and DNR Law Enforcement will have a continued presence on the island and will take appropriate action as necessary.

Understand that if you chose to stay and ignore the mandated evacuation order, be prepared to be self-sufficient during and after the storm with no assistance from emergency responders or the support of utilities. There is no guarantee that emergency services or water and sewer services will be available.

We strongly encourage everyone to follow the mandatory evacuation orders and leave Jekyll Island immediately. This storm is incredibly serious and should not be underestimated.

The GDOT, working in coordination with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and Georgia State Patrol, will contraflow Interstate 16 from Savannah through US 441 in Dublin to allow evacuation traffic the opportunity to use all 4 lanes of I-16 in the westbound direction.  Contraflow will begin on I-16 Tuesday, September 3 at 8 a.m. and will remain in place until further notice.

Waste Management has announced that all trash collection services have ceased and the facility is currently closed. Waste Management will remain closed until normal operations can return. Once operations are resumed, services will continue under normal collection schedules.  Any pickups/collections that have been cancelled due to the hurricane, will be picked up on their next regularly scheduled collection day.  Jekyll Island residents are requested to ensure all waste containers are tied down and secured prior to evacuating.

Glynn County is not accepting evacuees and will not open a shelter during the storm. If evacuees need a shelter location, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates on the evacuation, closures and curfew:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.

Download PDF: JIA Executive Order – Hurricane Dorian


Weather Update #6: JIA Amenities & Offices Closed Effective Immediately

Monday September 2, 2019 • 9:17 a.m. EDT

Given the current mandatory evacuation ordered by Governor Kemp, all Jekyll Island Authority amenities and offices will be closed, effective immediately. Closures will continue until further notice.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates on the evacuation and closures:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #5: Governor Issues Mandatory Evacuation for Glynn County

Sunday September 1, 2019 • 11:34 p.m. EDT

Governor Issues Mandatory Evacuation for Glynn County
Evacuation order to include St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and the low lying areas of the mainland.
Due to the likely impact of Hurricane Dorian to the state of Georgia as forecasted by the National Hurricane Center, Governor Kemp has declared a State of Emergency for twelve (12) southeast Georgia counties.
Persons residing east of Interstate 95 in Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn, and Camden Counties, must mandatorily evacuate beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 2, 2019. The Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency will oversee this mandatory evacuation in cooperation with county emergency management agencies.

The Georgia Department of Transportation, under the oversight of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, will begin westerly contraflow operations on Interstate 16 beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 8 a.m. to expedite the evacuation of affected persons. The full executive order can be read here: https://bit.ly/2ZClDx5

Residents, visitors, and businesses are strongly encouraged to evacuate Jekyll Island in accordance with the mandatory evacuation order.

Glynn County is not accepting evacuees and will not open a shelter during the storm. If evacuees need a shelter location, contact the Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767.

Please continue to refer to the Glynn County EMA Facebook Page and the Jekyll Island website where JIA representatives will continue to provide updates on the evacuation and closures:
https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #4: Hurricane Dorian

Sunday September 1, 2019 • 4:49 p.m. EDT

Based on current storm predictions for Hurricane Dorian, the county has announced the following closures:

The GDOT will be closing the Sidney Lanier Bridge at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, with closer happening as early as Tuesday evening, September 3, dependent on wind speed.

All schools within the Glynn County School System will be closed on Tuesday, September 3; Wednesday, September 4; and Thursday, September 5.

The College of Coastal Georgia has cancelled classes and all non-essential operations for Tuesday, September 3.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) has closed for staff until Thursday September 5, resuming classes on Friday September 6.

The Glynn County Juvenile Court has cancelled all hearings for the week of September 2 and will resume normal business beginning September 9.

JIA representatives are continuing to attend all EOC meetings with county officials and will be in attendance at this evening’s meeting at 7:30 p.m, for additional updates.

Please continue to pay close attention to weather updates as they are made available, and follow the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service Jacksonville to stay informed between updates.

You can find a full list of Hurricane Dorian-related updates at https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #3: Hurricane Dorian

Saturday August 31st, 2019 • 10:42 a.m. EDT

Jekyll Island Authority representatives are continuing to meet with county Emergency Management officials and attend EOC meetings. The latest briefing was held this morning at 8 a.m., with the following updates on Hurricane Dorian:

The forecasted track of Hurricane Dorian has shifted East and could move closely along the Georgia coast. If this track continues, Glynn County will likely see tropical storm force winds on the immediate coastal area and greater impacts from storm surge and rain.

This storm has been unpredictable and at this time the earliest possible effects from the storm could be experienced on Monday, September 2, 2019.

A coastal flooding advisory is still in effect. There are currently seasonally high tides producing increased storm surge and rain. The current track could potentially cause over 5 inches of rain, in addition to areas already experiencing heavy rain from the current Nor’easter. The storm is currently causing hazardous marine conditions and rip currents in the area.

Coastal Georgia is currently under a state of emergency. This declaration extends only to commerce and the uninterrupted supply of petroleum products, emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods and services.

There are no closures to announce at this time from the Glynn County School System, the City of Brunswick, Jekyll Island Authority, FLETC, Coastal Pines, Coastal College of Georgia, or Glynn County. As conditions are being monitored, updates will be available at www.glynncounty.org.

We ask Jekyll Island residents, businesses and visitors to continue to pay close attention to weather updates as they are made available, and follow the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service Jacksonville to stay informed between updates.

You can find a full list of Hurricane Dorian-related updates at https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update #2: Hurricane Dorian

Friday August 30th, 2019 • 12:28 p.m. EDT

Based on current weather conditions and the forecast for Hurricane Dorian, the potential impact to Jekyll Island has shifted to mid next week, with the hurricane’s predicted landfall in South Florida occurring earlier.

Unless Dorian’s projected path or timing of the storm changes, there are no immediate plans for local evacuations. We will continue to monitor the National Weather Service briefings in conjunction with Glynn County EMA and should any changes occur, we will provide updates through the holiday weekend.

There are no closures to announce at this time from the Glynn County School System, the City of Brunswick, Jekyll Island or Glynn County. As conditions are being monitored, updates will be available at www.glynncounty.org.

Coastal Georgia is currently under a state of emergency. This declaration extends only to commerce and the uninterrupted supply of petroleum products, emergency or disaster related materials, supplies, goods and services.

A coastal flooding advisory is still in effect. The seasonal high tides are predicted to be lower next week.  While localized flooding could be an issue due to storm surge and rain, the outlook is more favorable at this time.

Please continue to pay close attention to weather updates as they are made available, and follow the latest forecast models from the National Weather Service Jacksonville to stay informed between updates.

You can find a full list of Hurricane Dorian-related updates at https://www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/.


Weather Update: Hurricane Dorian Preparedness

Thursday August 29th, 2019 • 10:34 a.m. EDT

As Hurricane Dorian moves closer to the east coast, we are monitoring the potential impact to Jekyll Island. It is currently too early to determine the possible threat but we are working closely with Glynn County emergency management agencies to receive the most up-to-date weather information and have activated our Storm Preparedness Plan, in the event additional action is needed.

More information will be provided as updates are made available through NOAA and our partnering state and federal agencies.

It is recommended that Island residents and businesses review and replenish your emergency preparedness kits and pay close attention to weather updates as they are made available.

Please also review the Jekyll Island Emergency Preparedness Communication webpage on the Jekyll Island website for helpful links and information about staying safe during hurricanes or severe weather: http://www.jekyllisland.com/livinghere/emergency-preparedness/

Address/Location
Jekyll Island Authority
200 Stable Rd
Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 912-635-4180


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