Hurricane Idalia Update - August 29 @ 6:15 p.m.

Tue, 08/29/2023

At its 5:30 p.m. Briefing, Chatham Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) shared that Hurricane Idalia is now a Category 2 Hurricane and is located 311 miles south/southeast of Savannah.

The storm currently is traveling 16 miles per hour (MPH) and is expected to reach Category 3 status by late this evening, when it reaches the Big Bend area of Florida.

Impacts to the Savannah area are expected around 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday (August 30). However, some areas may begin experiencing tropical storm force winds ahead of the storm. Our area can expect heavy rains, which have decreased since the last CEMA Briefing to 1-to-1.5 inches. There Is a 51 percent chance of sustained winds reaching 41 MPH, with gusts in some areas up to 60 MPH. There also is a potential for localized flooding, power outages, and isolated tornadoes. 

During severe weather events, The Landings Association often is asked when the bridges leading to the community will close. The Landings Association is not authorized to close bridges. Decisions for bridge closures are made by Chatham County’s Emergency Management Team, Georgia Department of Transportation, and Chatham County Police Department. However, it is important to note that Chatham Emergency Services will cease responding to all calls when sustained winds reach 39 MPH.

Things You Should Know

  • The Landings Association will be closed to walk-in traffic on Wednesday (August 30). Staff will be available online during normal business hours, as long as they have power. You can reach employees directly via phone and email. If you are not sure who to contact for assistance, please email your question to TLA will reevaluate after the storm to decide if the Association Office (600 Landings Way South) will open late on Thursday (August 31).
  • Landings Harbor Marina, including the Harbor Store and Delegal Creek Marina will be closed on Wednesday (August 30). The Marinas will reevaluate after the storm to determine if they need to open late on Thursday (August 31).
  • Landings Security will remain open 24 hours.
  • Vendor admittance to the community will be restricted to emergency services only on Wednesday (August 30)
  • As a precaution, Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools will close in-person learning and will shift to virtual learning on Wednesday (August 30) and Thursday (August 31).  
  • The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is still operating as normal. At the time of CEMA’s Briefing, there were no cancellations. As weather conditions continue to evolve, it is prudent to regularly monitor your flight status. Click here to check Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport’s arrivals and departures.

CEMA will continue tracking Hurricane Idalia around the clock. Now is the time to make sure your emergency plans are in place. Click here to view CEMA's Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Click here to view a recap of the 2023 Hurricane Town Hall Meeting, which includes links to helpful resources. 

Your Association will continue to provide periodic updates on this weather event as more details become available.

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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