Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Urges Evacuation of All Island Communities; Those in Mobile Homes, Low-Lying Areas Also Advised to Exit

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Urges Evacuation of All Island Communities; Those in Mobile Homes, Low-Lying Areas Also Advised to Exit

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Byline: Terry Dickson

Glynn County has declared a state of emergency and called for an immediate voluntary evacuation of St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Sea Island and Little St. Simons as Hurricane Matthew approaches. Although it is not calling for any evacuations of mainland areas, it is advising anyone living in mobile homes and low-lying areas to evacuate.

Also, all county offices including the courts will be closed Friday.

The F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons will remain open unless it is physically impossible to cross the roadway at which time emergency services will not be available for St. Simons and Sea Island, the county said.

Fort Frederica National Monument and Cumberland Island National Seashore will both close Thursday through Sunday, the National Park Service said. There is a tentative plan to reopen Monday but that is contingent on conditions after the storm, officials said.

All campers on Cumberland Island are being evacuated as is typical during approaching storms. Camden County also declared a state of emergency and asked those living in low lying area and mobile homes to evacuate.

The staff at Fort Frederica removed artifacts dating to the 1730s from display cases in the visitors center and stored them in a more secure building. Replicas of paintings depicting the history of the fortified British town were also removed from the walls and secured.

The original of one of the replicas no longer exists, said Denise Spear, an education technician. The original depicting the Protestant Salzburgers before their exile to the colonies in 1731 was destroyed during World War II, and the replica was recreated with special permission from a picture in a book, she said.

A voluntary evacuation was also underway on Sapelo Island where most residents of the small Hog Hammock community travel to and from the mainland aboard a state-operated ferry. …

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