Savannah’s news teams keep close watch on Dorian, Georgia coastal cities evacuate

Multimedia reporter from WSAV-TV Danni Dikes reports from Tybee Island, Ga. located outside of Savannah, Ga. Dikes was reporting on the surfers and beach conditions Monday morning. To see her video click HERE.

Isaiah Singleton | Reporter | SizingUpTheSouth.com

The Savannah Morning News and two WSAV-TV members, as well as many other journalists, are watching and reporting as Dorian creeps toward the Georgia’s Coastal Empire and lowcountry.

Hurricane Dorian was stalled and was circulating in the northwestern Bahamas, but it’s path toward the coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina will start moving, according to the Weather Channel.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issues a mandatory evacuations for six coastal counties on Sunday. WSAV Photo

On Sunday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issues a mandatory evacuation for six Coastal Georgia counties ahead of Hurricane Dorian, according to the SMN. Residents who live east of Interstate 95 in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty, and McIntosh counties were required to evacuate starting today at noon.

Although Gov. Kemp issued a mandatory evacuation on Sunday, WSAV-TV’s Danni Dikes, a multimedia reporter and morning weekend anchor, is reporting from Twitter, “some residents [in Chatham County] tell me they’re planning to wait and see where Dorian goes before leaving town.”

“Some residents tell me they’re planning to wait and see where Dorian goes before leaving town.”

Danni Dikes, WSAV-TV multimedia reporter and morning weekend anchor
Danni Dikes, reporter for WSAV-TV Savannah WSAV photo

Dikes, along with other news personnel in Savannah, still face uncertainty when Dorian will arrive in the lowcountry areas of Georgia. On Wednesday, Dorian is expected to move north, then northeastward toward the Florida, Georgia, and southern South Carolina coasts, although the exact track is still uncertain, said the Weather Channel. Watch Dikes on a Facebook Live by clicking on photo below.

Like their counterparts in Florida, Savannah journalists might see Dorian change direction, decrease in strength or chose to take an entirely different path.

WSAV’s Chief Meteorologist Kris Allred has been covering Hurricane Dorian for the Savannah and Georgia coastal areas. WSAV website photo
Kris Allred, Chief Meteorologist at WSAV-TV Savannh, Ga.

Even so, Kris Allred, chief meteorologist in Savannah, Ga. continues to update her Twitter feed with WSAV-TV on the track of Dorian and how it has left catastrophic damage in its wake elsewhere.

“Life-threatening storm surge and catastrophic winds continue over Grand Bahama Island, writes Allred on Twitter.

Allred reported at 2 p.m. on Sunday on Twitter that the Category 4 Hurricane Dorian is sustaining winds of 150 to 185 mph and is moving at snails pace of 1 mph, which might make Dorian even more dangerous.

Both Dikes and Allred, along with the communities they cover, will face storm warnings for surge flooding, damaging winds, and flooding rain. One of the most dangerous warnings is a storm surge. It is considered life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline. Both will find out if these warnings will occur during the next 36 hours in the indicated locations, according to meteorologists.

Local news outlets, The Savannah Mornings News, WSAV-TV, WTOC-TV, and others continue to update their websites for more information on Hurricane Dorian path toward Savannah in days and hours.

For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.

Isaiah Singleton

Isaiah Singleton is a freelance correspondent for SizingUpTheSouth.com and a recent graduate of Savannah State University majoring in journalism. To contact Singleton email him at isaiahdsingleton@gmail.com

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