Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
Learn about our areas of experties involving state crimes, and better understand your rights.
If you are accused of a crime, the only thing standing between your freedom and a verdict of "guilty" is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Whitemarsh Island, GA.
Those who have been arrested before know that life in the legal system is no laughing matter. Aside from the imminent ramifications of fines and jail time, any goals you have of bettering yourself and advancing your life could be compromised. Without a trusted attorney by your side, you could face a lifetime of embarrassment and poor employment prospects due to a tarnished criminal record.
The good news? Dennis O'Brien and his team of experienced lawyers in Whitemarsh Island are ready to clear your name. By retaining the help of a criminal defense attorney early in the legal process, you have a much better chance of securing your freedom and living a life as a productive member of society.
At O'Brien Law Firm PC, our practice was founded to fight for the rights of individuals accused of or charged with a crime. Our team of legal experts is well-equipped to take even the most difficult, contentious cases. From violent felonies to DUI, there is nothing we haven't seen and handled. As a former law enforcement officer, founding attorney Dennis O'Brien knows exactly how much a person can lose if convicted. That's why we work tirelessly to secure a verdict that is favorable for our clients.
Regardless of how serious or minor your case may be, know that we will fight fearlessly on your behalf. You deserve zealous representation - when you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, you will receive nothing less.
Many of our clients are surprised to discover that founding lawyer Dennis O'Brien was a police officer prior to his criminal defense career. As a former Field Training Officer for the Memphis Police Department, he has over two decades of knowledge and experience in the criminal justice system. Dennis truly understands the nuance and complexities involved in a criminal defense case. This rare experience gives Dennis a clear edge in any criminal defense case and gives clients priceless peace of mind when they need it the most. Unlike some criminal defense attorneys in Whitemarsh Island, Dennis O'Brien and his team believe that every client deserves effective, empathetic legal assistance. While some Whitemarsh Island criminal defense firms will take weekends off or pass along cases to paralegals, Dennis personally reviews each of his cases. There is no case too small or big for O'Brien Law Firm PC. When you hire our firm, you can rest easy knowing that we will be by your side when the going gets tough.
When you are charged with a drug crime in Whitemarsh Island, it can change your life forever. Georgia imposes very strict punishments for drug offenses. The truth is, it's hard to get your life back on track with a drug charge on your record. Your freedom and way of life could be in the hands of your criminal defense attorney. As such, you need a competent lawyer with years of experience handling drug cases. Leaving your fate in the hands of an incompetent attorney could have long-lasting effects on your family and may result in a conviction.
While the consequences for a drug crime in Georgia are serious, there's reason to be hopeful: O'Brien Law Firm PC is here to fight for you. Remember - being charged with a drug crime is NOT the same thing as being convicted.
Our stellar team has represented many clients facing numerous drug-related charges. While each situation varies, one constant remains the same for clients facing drug charges: a fear of what lies ahead. At O'Brien Law Firm PC our job is to help you overcome the fear of the unknown. We do so by ensuring you understand your charges, the possible outcomes associated with those charges, and the options you need to consider from a criminal defense standpoint.
No matter what charge you are facing, our team has the experience and resources to build a comprehensive defense strategy for your drug case in Whitemarsh Island, GA. Without a criminal defense attorney acting as your advocate, you could be facing very harsh penalties. Here are a few punishments you could be facing for drug crimes in Whitemarsh Island:
Having less than a gram (or one milliliter for liquids) of this type of drug results in a prison term of one to three years. Having four grams or milliliter carries a term of one to eight years.
Any substance on this list is punishable by a prison sentence of one to three years.
If you have less than two grams or milliliters of this substance, punishments can be between one year and three years. Having up to four grams or milliliters results in a prison sentence of one to eight years.
Those who are in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana are subject to a jail sentence of up to 12 months. Fines may be no more than $1,000. Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana can result in a prison term of one to 10 years.
To avoid these life-changing punishments, you must take action now. Contact O'Brien Law Firm today for a consultation about your case.Contact Me!
Violent crime offenses in Whitemarsh Island typically involve some form of bodily harm to another individual, actions committed against an individual's will, or threatening someone with bodily harm. Aggravated violent offenses are more severe charges and often occur when a violent crime is made more serious due to circumstances like deadly weapons.
Much like serious drug cases, violent crimes create an added layer of negativity that follows the accused for the rest of their life. In these cases, even an accusation is enough to cause irreparable damage to a person's reputation. Those convicted of a violent crime face severe penalties that can include years in a correctional facility.
When you are accused of any of the above crimes, your freedom hangs in the balance. The outcome of your case will determine whether you leave the courtroom with your freedom intact or stripped away to serve time behind bars. Because the punishments for violent crimes are so extreme, you should be seeking legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney in Whitemarsh Island, GA, as soon as possible. As a former police officer with a long record of positive verdicts in violent crime cases, Dennis O'Brien is well equipped to represent you in court.
|Having a criminal defense lawyer by your side is the best way to avoid the serious punishments associated with violent crimes. These punishments usually result in prison time if convicted and include:|
|Forced rape:||20 years|
|Armed robbery:||Up to 20 years|
|Simple assault:||Up to 12 months|
|Aggravated assault:||10 to 20 years|
|Aggravated battery:||Up to 20 years|
|Involuntary manslaughter:||One to 20 years|
|Vehicular homicide||Up to 15 years|
|Murder:||Life in prison or the death sentence|
As a former police officer, Dennis O'Brien has seen the toll it takes on a person when charged with a crime. His time in law enforcement allows him to empathize with his clients who desperately need competent representation. Despite being innocent until proven guilty, accusations are scary, and conviction could be a reality. That is why you must work with a trustworthy criminal defense lawyer in Whitemarsh Island, GA who will work tirelessly to clear your name.
Clients choose O'Brien Law Firm because we believe in open communication, honesty, and hard work. It is not our job to act as judges for those who have been accused of crimes. Rather, our goal is to find the best defense that allows us to protect our clients' rights and freedoms.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common crimes committed in Georgia. Punishments for such a crime can be severe, and for understandable reasons - when a person operates a vehicle while they are intoxicated, they're putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
While DUI is a serious crime that completely upend the accused's life, the earnest desire to end drunk driving can make police officers too eager to catch a person who they believe is under the influence.
The city of Whitemarsh Island, Georgia, has implemented severe punishments for DUI, even for first-time offenders. Individuals charged with DUI in Whitemarsh Island could face:
Fortunately, if you or someone you love has been charged with DUI, there is hope. This is particularly true when the accused is administered a breath or blood test for DUI. In fact, cases that involve a breath and/or blood test are beaten daily. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC, we will dive deep into your DUI case in Whitemarsh Island and examine every angle possible for your case to be dismissed. Here are just a few questions our team will investigate:
There are numerous ways to beat a DUI case in Georgia, from unreliable field sobriety tests to inaccurate state-administered breath tests. As a veteran criminal defense lawyer in Whitemarsh Island, GA, Dennis O'Brien has the knowledge and experience to expose the state's mistakes and fight for your rights. When you hire O'Brien Law Firm PC your chances of dismissal are greatly increased. When your case is dismissed, you can continue living life without the burden of a criminal record.
If you or someone you love is accused of a crime in Whitemarsh Island, GA, don't leave fate up to the prosecution. Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family before it's too late.Contact us
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hargray Fiber announced plans to expand the company's ultra-fast, state-of-the-art, all-fiber Internet network into residential neighborhoods in the Savannah, GA area, including Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh, and Talahi Islands. The company began serving businesses in Georgia in 2010, and the expansion into residential areas is part of Hargray Fiber's long-term goal to bring the most advanced and fastest Internet available anywhere in the world to more than 500,000 homes and bus...
SAVANNAH, Ga., May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hargray Fiber announced plans to expand the company's ultra-fast, state-of-the-art, all-fiber Internet network into residential neighborhoods in the Savannah, GA area, including Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh, and Talahi Islands. The company began serving businesses in Georgia in 2010, and the expansion into residential areas is part of Hargray Fiber's long-term goal to bring the most advanced and fastest Internet available anywhere in the world to more than 500,000 homes and businesses across the United States by 2027.
Hargray Fiber's Southeast President, Ashley Phillips, stressed the importance of the company's investment in consumers and the broader local community. "We are headquartered in Savannah, so expanding our high-speed internet to families in this area is extra special. We live and work in these communities and want to see them continue to thrive," said Phillips.
"We are looking forward to Hargray Fiber's expanded investment in the greater Savannah community," said Savannah Mayor, Van R. Johnson, II. "As we continue to seek equity in the delivery of all services, this expansion will allow more Savannahian residents to attain much-coveted high-speed internet, making Savannah an even more attractive place to live, learn and work."
Featuring gigabit download and upload speeds, Hargray Fiber will bring ten times more speed to consumer doorsteps at a time when fast, reliable Internet is becoming increasingly critical to modern households. "More and more, we see households where multiple bandwidth-intensive activities occur simultaneously and many consumers' Internet connections just aren't up to the task," added John Robertson, Savannah Region General Manager. "The Hargray Fiber network solves that problem."
For many consumers, the Internet touches every facet of daily life. Remote work, telehealth, and virtual learning all require robust, reliable connections. A 2021 study by Deloitte indicated that 55% of U.S. households include one or more remote workers, and 43% include at least one household member attending virtual classes.
Hargray Fiber has begun construction in the Georgetown neighborhood and is slated to begin in Windsor Forest, as well as Wilmington, Whitemarsh and Talahi Islands in the coming months. For more information, visit https://residential.hargray.com/hargrayfiberexpansion.
About Hargray Fiber
Hargray Fiber is an Internet service provider based in Savannah, GA that operates a more than 2,000 route mile fiber network serving business, enterprise, and residential customers in a wide range of communities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States, including Savannah, Pooler, Macon, and Valdosta. Hargray Fiber belongs to the Clearwave Fiber family of brands, serving cities across the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States.
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Wanda and David Scott fell in love with their Whitemarsh Island property separately more than three decades ago, each finding the charming 1938 marsh-front home on their own and rushing to tell the other of their discovery. They bought the house and moved here from Liberty County. The couple raised their three boys here, and now it’s where they continue to operate their marine survey business.As they walk out to their dock on a warm winter morning, it’s clear how in sync they are, not just wit...
Wanda and David Scott fell in love with their Whitemarsh Island property separately more than three decades ago, each finding the charming 1938 marsh-front home on their own and rushing to tell the other of their discovery. They bought the house and moved here from Liberty County. The couple raised their three boys here, and now it’s where they continue to operate their marine survey business.
As they walk out to their dock on a warm winter morning, it’s clear how in sync they are, not just with each other but with also this property on Richardson Creek.
Their shoes crunch on the dock’s causeway, an old-fashioned access grandfathered in from a time before the state enacted marsh regulations.
It’s a feature that makes the couple even more in touch than most coastal Georgians with how the water has been creeping up over the years. They plan dock parties around the tides so guests won’t get their feet wet. Lately the usual handful of impassable times turned to a long stretch.
“We had king tides and we had 75 days where every day this was flooded,” David said. "Seventy-five days in a row on high tides.“
And they have concerns that go deeper. Literally. Septic systems lie under the neighborhood yards, including the Scotts’. Halfway along her gravel walkway out to their dock, Wanda turned to look at their backyard, green with winter rye grass.
“It seems it makes sense to me that if septic is this close to the marsh and the marsh floods at high tide more regularly now, then ... a part of the septic is (in the) outflow.“
Septic, septic everywhere
The integrity of septic in the face of sea level rise is not just a concern for Whitemarsh Island. In Georgia’s six coastal counties, state officials have identified almost 60,000 septic systems, both disused and active.
Over the last decade, University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant compiled a comprehensive, electronic inventory of these septic systems to help locate and manage failing systems that threaten water quality. The publicly available inventory, called Welstrom, also serves as a resource for understanding private wastewater infrastructure.
Chatham County has the most coastal septic with over 12,000 documented, but these systems blanket the coast, servicing everything from mobile homes to mansions. On tony ocean-front Sea Island, 97 septic systems serve what real estate database Zillow reports is the highest priced zip code in Georgia, boasting a median home price of $2.4 million. Some of these tanks and drain fields are just steps from the beach.
How climate change threatens to overflow toilets
Septic systems send a household’s waste water — from the sinks, toilets, showers, the washing machine and dishwasher — into a buried water-tight tank in the yard. There the solids settle and the liquid wastewater flows into a nearby drain field where soil microbes treat it as it percolates through, ultimately discharging to groundwater or rivers and streams if they’re close by.
“To function adequately, you have to maintain a certain level of separation between the septic drain field and the groundwater table so that the effluent flowing to the drain field has space to percolate through the soil and be treated by all the microbes in there,” said Scott Pippin, a faculty member with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
As climate change accelerates sea level rise, the groundwater is rising, too, along the coast. Global sea level has risen by about 8 inches since reliable record keeping began in 1880, according to the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report. It is projected to rise another 1 to 4 feet by the year 2100.
That means coastal septic systems are getting squeezed. Especially vulnerable are the drain fields, which require a few feet of dry soil separating them from the water table to filter pollutants.
“And as the groundwater table rises, that separation is going to be limited,” Pippin said. “So the first impact is going to be less treatment of the effluent that comes out of the septic systems. So that's going to translate potentially into pollution transmitted to drinking water wells and other water resources that are nearby, but also into surface waters and wetlands and streams and beaches and places like where people might encounter it and have public health impacts.”
Sewers vs. better septic
There are solutions. Septic can work well to manage wastewater. It can be improved where sea level rise is encroaching on it. And sewer lines can be brought in where appropriate.
But coastal residents first have to recognize the problem, as some already have.
Wanda Scott noted where neighbors had improved their septic. A mound of earth in one front yard raises that drainage field a few feet above the high water, giving more room for filtering. It’s a solution more coastal counties are turning to.
She also pointed out a new development called Turner’s Pointe in the southeast part of the neighborhood. No septic there.
"In order to develop that property, the developer had to tap into the sewage lift station and that's on the other side of Highway 80,“ she said.
That’s another solution, though sewerage is also susceptible to the effects of sea level rise.
"Failing septic system is a relatively discrete source of pollution, but a cracked sewer pipe can be a much larger scale,“ Pippin said. ”So they're rarer, but they're bigger. And so it's a trade-off of risk that you're taking on.“
Nearby Wilmington Island saw the downside of that trade before Christmas when heavy rains overflowed a sanitary sewer, causing a major sewage spill of 60,000 gallons about a third of a mile from the Wilmington River.
The Scotts and their neighbors view Richardson Creek as their backyard playground, a place to crab and fish, even a gathering place. Every Fourth of July they jump off a nearby bridge together and enjoy a group float. The thought of human waste in the water appalls. They’ve been organizing to do regular water testing before it becomes a problem they can see or smell.
And it can get to that, said Jason Evans, interim director for the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Evans worked on a climate resilience plan for Tybee when he was at UGA. Now in Florida he’s seen that state’s septic problems flow into local waterways, like in Oak Hill, Florida.
“I was just out there about six months ago and I was in this canal,” he said. “And you could actually smell the human waste because of the failing septic tanks. And so that's a really extreme situation there.”
This story, which is part of an occasional series, was produced in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting with a reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center as part of its national Connected Coastlines project.
This article was reported by Savannah Morning News reporter Mary Landers and Emily Jones of GPB. Contact them at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connected Coastlines is a nationwide climate reporting initiative in U.S. coastal states. The initiative is building a consortium of newsrooms and independent journalists across America to report on the local effects of erratic weather patterns on coastal populations using the latest climate science.
Currently, the Pulitzer Center is supporting 16 reporting projects and will cover climate change issues on every coastline in the mainland U.S. — the East Coast, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast and West Coast—along with Hawaii and Alaska. See the ongoing work at http://bit.ly/connectedcoast.
For Do SavannahThere's an old saying: "A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office."If you’re looking to get outdoors and toss a line, Savannah and the surrounding region offers no shortage of great places to play hooky.Whether you enjoy chasing your catch by boat or want to pull out a chair on a pier and take in the view, there are plenty of fun and scenic places throughout the Lowcountry to satisfy any fishing bug.Jane Fishman:...
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There's an old saying: "A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office."
If you’re looking to get outdoors and toss a line, Savannah and the surrounding region offers no shortage of great places to play hooky.
Whether you enjoy chasing your catch by boat or want to pull out a chair on a pier and take in the view, there are plenty of fun and scenic places throughout the Lowcountry to satisfy any fishing bug.
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Just about any time of year, grouper and snapper are up for grabs in the coastal waters. While other fish such as sea bass, sheepshead, cobia, mahi mahi, mackerel, shark, flounder, redfish, and sea trout can be caught at seasonally as they move through the region.
From river and beach piers, to charter boats that hug the coast or travel out deep, here are some popular places and guides to catch a few fresh fish.
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Just remember, that you'll need a Georgia fishing license to get started, which you can purchase online.
Cross the Moon River in style and set up shop at the Frank O. Downing Pier, which features excellent fishing, marsh views, and free parking on either side of the bridge.
The pier is located off the Diamond Causeway, which leads to Skidaway Island, and features a scenic panorama of the wide marshland, with epic sunsets and plenty of fish to keep you busy. For more information, visit the Chatham County parks and recreations page.
Located on Wilmington Island, Bull River Marina offers fishing, boat tours, and boat charters. They even tout the frequent dolphin sightings that guests experience on their boat rides.
And if you're just in it for a good time, you can book a Dafuskie Island Tour to take a look across the "wide water" to see the rich history of South Carolina's historic island up close. Visit bullrivermarina.com or call (912) 897-7300.
This full-service charter experience is guided by Captain Josiah Riffle, a USCG Certified Charter Captain with years of experience fishing local waters for redfish, trout, flounder, tripletail, sheepshead, sharks, and more.
Located minutes from downtown Savannah on Wilmington Island, Southern Saltwater Charters takes tourists and locals alike out for a fun day on the water and backwater tours. Visit southernsaltwatercharters.com or call (912) 661-4189.
Tybee Island is known for excellent year-round fishing conditions with its fair share of fishing piers, wade fishing spots, and deep-water charters. Reel Em’ N Deep Sea Fishing Charters is a deep-water charter service helmed by Captain Derek Brown who has fished the region for nearly two decades.
Each of Reel Em' N's vessels can accommodate up to 20 guests, for fishing or fun. Visit reelemn.com or call (912) 897-4990.
For those who want to stay on land while they cast into the water, the Tybee Beach Pier and Pavilion is a popular spot for local and out of town fishers.
Built in 1891, the pier is located just off U.S. 80 at the end of Tybrisa Street, and is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily with free admission. The pavilion also features a snack bar, picnic tables, and public restrooms.
It's a great place to try your luck with a fishing pole, or just take in a beautiful sunset over the Atlantic.
Located under the U.S. Highway 80 bridge that leads into Tybee Island, Lazaretto Creek Fishing Pier is a quaint park with a broad fishing pier facing CoCo's Sunset Grille, Savannah Jetski rentals, and North Island Surf and Kayak.
You can throw in a line and wait for a bite, as you wave to visitors leaving on dolphin tours or renting a kayak for a day to paddle around the island. There's also a boat ramp if you want to launch your own vessel to fish.
And when you're done, there's plenty of dining options available just over the bridge and minutes away on Tybee Island. Visit nps.gov/places/lcbr.htm.
Overlooking the Ogeechee River, historic Fort McAllister offers more than its Civil War museum and earthwork fortifications. It also features two great fishing spots, one open to the public, another reserved just for campers at the state park. The park's pier is more than 150 feet long overlooking the river, with picnic pavilions, a playground for the kids, and even a boat ramp nearby.
Hang out on the pier and cast a line, or put a boat in and cruise the historic Ogeechee River.
Cost is $5 parking for the day, with admission ranging $5 to $9. The park open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with shorter hours for the historic site. Visit gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister or call (912) 727-2339.
Located further up the Ogeechee River from Fort McAllister, is Kings Ferry boat ramp and pier minutes from Georgetown. The park features a boat ramp, fishing pier, pavilions and tables, and a playground for the kids.
Post up on the pier to try your luck in the bustling Ogeechee River, and stay for the stunning river sunsets. And when you're done, Love's Seafood is right nearby, a favorite spot for locals to grab a bite of fresh Lowcountry seafood.
When Hurricane Irma hit Savannah in 2017, Betsy Cain's house on the back side of Wilmington Island flooded. In videos from the day, water laps at the back of her house while her neighbor's dock bobs and floats away like a wooden marsh monster.Being close to the tidal range, watching the coastline and the movement of the water, C...
When Hurricane Irma hit Savannah in 2017, Betsy Cain's house on the back side of Wilmington Island flooded. In videos from the day, water laps at the back of her house while her neighbor's dock bobs and floats away like a wooden marsh monster.
Being close to the tidal range, watching the coastline and the movement of the water, Cain said the house is an inspiration for her artwork. She's lived there for decades, and she said she understands it's a choice to stay put despite the house's precarious location. She said the county has offered to buy her out of the property, but she and her husband turned down the offer.
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Coastal residents are plenty used to storms and flooding, and with Tropical Sorm Ian on the horizon many are battening down the hatches for the rising water level. Some of those residents, like Cain, have taken extra measures such as raising their houses to prepare for future storms.
"We've been there since 1993," Cain said, "and never had any flooding until Irma." She said they'd always had high tides and king tides — during one king tide, she said she and her husband kayaked in their yard — but her "beautifully sited" little house on the side of the marsh hadn't experienced major flooding until 2017.
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When Hurricane Irma arrived, a combination of high tide waters and the storm inundated Cain's house. She said the community really supported her after the damage to her house, but for a year, she and her husband were out of their house while it was renovated for damages. In 2018, they began the process to apply for a FEMA grant to lift their house out of the water's way.
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"We've been in the process of (lifting the house) since last March, it's been very slow going, but with this storm we don't anticipate water coming into our house unless there's a 16-foot storm surge," Cain joked. Right now, the house is lifted over 10 feet, but the lifting job hasn't been completely finished yet.
Hurricane Ian has already caused severe damages as it passes through the Caribbean and Florida, but Enki Research's Chuck Watson, a Savannah-based hazards researcher and hurricane expert, said Savannah doesn't look like it will get the worst of the storm.
"The Lowcountry ... it's called that for a reason," Watson said. Much of Savannah is surrounded by tidal creeks and marshes, and it's hard for people to grasp how much water gets stored in those marshes at high tide. For the same reason Savannah had trouble with Irma and other winter storms over the years, Watson said Hurricane Ian has wind blowing out of the east onshore causing the water to stack up and store in the marshes. When the storm does come, the tide will already be seasonally high, causing larger flooding.
"If you look at the tide gauges, it just starts ramping up every tide cycle. More and more water gets pumped in but can't quite get pumped out," Watson said. Looking at the Fort Pulaski tide gauge, he said tomorrow's high tide around noon should be around 8 feet, but instead will have an extra two feet of water, putting the tide around 10 feet high.
Around 10 feet is when Highway 80 starts to flood, and the water creeps up on low-lying areas like Tybee and Wilmington Island.
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Winds could reach sustained tropical storm force (39-73 mph) on the islands, but in Savannah it'll be gusty without sustained winds. With the rains starting Thursday night, Watson expects urban flooding that Savannah usually sees during a heavy rainstorm — "They call it Waters Avenue for a reason."
When the main winds from Hurricane Ian arrive Friday morning, Watson said there's a potential to get three or four feet above the normal high tide.
He estimates Friday's high tide around 11 feet and, in context, he said Hurricane Matthew brought a high tide of 12 feet. While there will be flooding in marsh-front properties and low lying areas, he said this storm is not shaping up to be as bad as past storms like Matthew and Irma.
As for Caine, in anticipation of Ian, she is still preparing for her yard to flood. Yet, there's some comfort in knowing the house won't be inundated now that it's been raised. She said she knows, and doesn't feel like, their house is invincible — they still have an old roof that needs work — but she said they feel "halfway secure."
Marisa Mecke is an environmental journalist. She can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (912) 328-4411.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC629 PM EDT SUN MAY 5 2019...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MAY 4 2019 TORNADO EVENT....WHITEMARSH/WILMINGTON ISLAND TORNADO...START LOCATION...1 WNW TURNERS ROCK IN CHATHAM COUNTY GAEND LOCATION...WILMINGTON ISLAND IN CHATHAM COUNTY GADATE...05/04/2019ESTIMATED TIME...4:53 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...170 YARDSPATH LENGTH...2.22 MILESBEGINNING LAT/LON...32.0197 / -81.0184ENDI...
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTNATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC629 PM EDT SUN MAY 5 2019...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR MAY 4 2019 TORNADO EVENT....WHITEMARSH/WILMINGTON ISLAND TORNADO...START LOCATION...1 WNW TURNERS ROCK IN CHATHAM COUNTY GAEND LOCATION...WILMINGTON ISLAND IN CHATHAM COUNTY GADATE...05/04/2019ESTIMATED TIME...4:53 PM EDTMAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...105 MPHMAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...170 YARDSPATH LENGTH...2.22 MILESBEGINNING LAT/LON...32.0197 / -81.0184ENDING LAT/LON...32.0152 / -80.9812* FATALITIES...0* INJURIES...1...SUMMARY...THE TORNADO BEGAN OVER THE WILMINGTON RIVER, JUST WEST OF THE SAVANNAH YACHT CLUB ON WHITEMARSH ISLAND. IT DEVELOPED RAPIDLY AS IT HIT THE SAVANNAH YACHT CLUB. AT THE TIME THE TORNADO STRUCK, A BOAT WAS BEING LIFTED BY A CRANE AT THE DOCK. THIS BOAT WAS THROWNFROM THE CRANE BACK INTO THE WATER. THE BOAT CRANE WAS ALSO PUSHED BY THE WINDS OF THE TORNADO OFF OF ITS TRACK, WHICH CAUSED IT TO CRASH INTO A SMALL BUILDING NEAR THE CRANE. THIS SMALL BUILDING SUSTAINED SIGNIFICANT ROOF DAMAGE. ONE PERSON WAS REPORTEDLY INJURED INSIDE THE BUILDING, BUT THE EXTENT OF THEIR INJURIES WAS UNKNOWN AT THE TIME OF THIS REPORT. THE TORNADO CONTINUED MOVING EAST-SOUTHEAST, SNAPPING AND UPROOTING SEVERAL TREES IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA NEAR THE END OF BRADLEY CREEK DRIVE. ONE HOME IN THAT AREA ALSO HAD MINOR ROOF DAMAGE DUE TO MISSING SHINGLES. FROM THIS POINT, THE TORNADO STRENGTHENED AS IT MOVED SOUTHEAST OVER BRADLEY CREEK AND ACROSS PORTIONS OF TURNERS ROCK ROAD. THIS WAS THE REGION WHERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE WAS FOUND, WITH AT LEAST TWO DOZEN LARGE HARD AND SOFTWOOD TREES EITHER SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. WIND SPEEDS IN THIS AREA WERE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN 100 AND 105 MPH. THE TORNADO THEN WEAKENEDAS IT MOVED ON A MORE EASTERLY PATH ACROSS TURNER CREEK AND ONTO THE WESTERN EDGE OF WILMINGTON ISLAND, JUST SOUTH OF JOHNNY MERCERBOULEVARD. THE TORNADO BROKE SOME TREE LIMBS AND BRANCHES AROUND WALGREENS, THEN DAMAGED A SIGN NEAR THE AUTOPLEX AS IT CROSSED JOHNNY MERCER BOULEVARD. ONCE ACROSS JOHNNY MERCER BOULEVARD, THE WEAKENING TORNADO SKIPPED OVER MOLLY MCGUIRE'S RESTAURANT, FINALLYENDING AT AT 4:57 PM EDT IN THE EMPTY LOT JUST EAST OF THE GOODWILL STORE. THE ROOF ON THE GOODWILL STORE SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE.EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THEFOLLOWING CATEGORIES:EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPHEF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPHEF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPHEF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPHEF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPHEF5...VIOLENT...>200 MPH* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TOCHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWSSTORM DATA.$$