From Mayor Buelterman:
Below is the 11am update from the National Hurricane Center. In light of the extensive flooding that Tybee experienced with Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, we know that many are concerned about storm surge from Florence. We have been in communication with the National Weather Service in Charleston about this specific issue for Tybee. We have been assured that we are not expected to be impacted by storm surge from Florence even if the storm veers towards the southern portion of the cone of uncertainty in the map below. Nevertheless, if any residents would like to obtain sand bags just in case, we will provide bags and sand at the volleyball court at Memorial Park tomorrow, Wednesday, starting at 10 am.
Our main concern is rip tides and high surf. We are strongly encouraging visitors and residents to avoid swimming at the beach until the storm passes. Waves are expected to reach up to 10 feet later this week. Six percent of fatalities associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are caused by drowning due to rip tides and high surf. Fast-moving water can easily sweep people, especially children, off of their feet and into the ocean. Please exercise extreme caution if you come to the beach for the next days.