Hurricane Michael causing curfew, cancellations
With the approach of Hurricane Michael towards Florida, the poor weather conditions have led to a curfew in the city of Jesup and all of Wayne County.
The mandatory curfew begins tonight (Wednesday) at midnight and will go into effect until noon Thursday.
No vehicular or pedestrian traffic will be allowed on the streets or roadways, with an exception for those traveling to or from work.
The following events in Wayne County will be canceled or postponed.
This list will be updated as decisions are made.
•The Wayne County school system will be closed to students and staff Thursday and is set to reopen Friday, pending any storm damage.
•The 2018 WCHS homecoming parade that was set for Thursday afternoon has been canceled. Alternative plans are being considered.
•The Fields of Faith youth rally set for tonight (Wednesday) has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
•The Wayne County Chamber of Commerce's Ballots and BBQ has been canceled for today (Wednesday) and will be rescheduled.
•Coastal Pines Technical College will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.
•The Lady Jackets series against Starr's Mill in the first round of state play has been moved to Saturday. The first game is at 3 p.m., followed by the second.
The “if” game would be played on Monday at 4 p.m.
•The MPMS football game in Pierce County has been moved to Saturday at 10 a.m.
•All county offices have closed Wednesday, as of noon, owing to the approach of Hurricane Michael. They are expected to reopen Friday. Herschell Hires, chair of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, has issued a declaration of local emergency.
According to the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency around midday Wednesday,
the anticipated local impact time will begin somewhere between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight.
Residents can expect 30-40 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph throughout the night, with rainfall of 2-6 inches.
Downed trees, downed power lines and power outages are also expected.
Those who don't need to be on the roadway Wednesday evening are encouraged to stay home.
To prepare for the storm, residents are encouraged to:
•Secure outside items that can be blown around the yard. •Ensure that pets have shelter from the storm. •Ensure electronic devices are charged. •Ensure you have a plan for medical devices that require electricity. •Ensure you have food and water. •Be prepared for extended power outages. •Be prepared for impassable dirt roads.
There may be times Wednesday night that conditions are bad enough that public-safety response is delayed to keep those workers safe.
Republic has implemented a modified schedule ahead of the storm, beginning earlier today to have trucks off the street by lunchtime.
Trash collection is expected to resume Thursday, and trash will be collected on Saturday if workers are not yet caught up.
Additionally, Republic urges residents to secure trash containers in a garage or shed to prevent them from being lost or damaged in high winds, and to prevent other property from being damaged by the containers.