Georgia: Tybee Island suffers minimal damage from Hurricane Dorian
Tybee Island didn’t get much damage when Hurricane Dorian passed the Georgia coast late Wednesday night.
Mayor Jason Buelterman said the island didn’t get much wind damage from Hurricane Dorian, but he was keeping his eye on the tide forecast Thursday morning.
“We’re still under a Tropical Storm warning,” Buelterman said around 8:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service’s tide forecast for 2 p.m. Thursday predicted an 11.2 foot tide, Buelterman said.
NWS updated that estimate Thursday at 9 a.m. to 9.2 feet — an average number for high tide.
As far as wind damage goes, a few palm fronds and small debris littered the streets of Tybee. Buelterman said two power lines were downed during the storm: one on public property and one on private property.
Around 1,300 people were without power — most on the north end of the island after the storm Thursday morning.
Georgia Power crews could be seen working along U.S. 80 to restore service Thursday.
The city also filled the gaps in its dune system in areas where water rushed in during Hurricane Matthew, such as Second and Center streets, as well as the Butler Avenue curve.
Buelterman said Dorian didn’t put that system to the test.
“Had the storm surge been a little worse, we would’ve tested that system a little more,” Buelterman said.
A few folks were out and about on the island Thursday morning, trying to get a look at the beaches.
Nita and Andy Martin were taking a stroll through the wind and rain after a night of howling winds. The two live on Estill Hammock Road, and said their power never went out during the storm — only a couple of flickers.
They had flooding on their property during Irma, but they didn’t have that problem with Dorian.
“Yesterday’s tide was not as high as the King Tide we just had this week,” Nita Martin said. “In the middle of the night, we checked it, and we were all good.”
The two didn’t evacuate this time because they had to catch a plane Saturday morning.
“We’re leaving on a plane Saturday morning to go to Glacier, Montana,” Nita Martin said. “My daughter has been working out there and we didn’t know if we’d be able to get back to the airport if we evacuated.”