From Mayor Buelterman:
The most recent update from the National Hurricane Center from 8 am is at the bottom of this message.
We continue to communicate with Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) on a continual basis. Despite the continued shift to the south of the projected path of Florence, there are no calls for any evacuations in Chatham County or Tybee at this time. This may change as conditions warrant so please keep abreast of developments via social media and local news. I would strongly encourage you to sign up for the CEMA alert system by going to www.chathamergency.org so you can receive immediate updates on your phone or email.
Regardless of the ultimate path of this storm, rip current and high surf risks are expected to increase as the storm approaches so we are shutting down the beach at this time to all swimmers and will be flying the double red flags.
[ A local reminder, and not part of Mayor Buelterman's original post: Although favorable winds will hopefully keep any storm surge at bay, please take the opportunity this week to tie down or store your trash bins so that they won't float away if we do have flooding. Even without flooding, high winds may cause your bins to blow down the street. Your pre-emptive protection of the bins now will save you money and any emergency crews tremendous hassle later! ]
We will provide another update around 2 pm today.