Yes, we just received our voluntary evacuation notice today! Hurricane Matthew is heading our way!
South Carolina's coastal area were already under an evacuation order, which had concerned us. So when this one came, we were kind of prepared. As luck would have it, we were on the road, coming back from Atlanta where my guy took his photograph that had been chosen to hang in the State Capital (more on this next week), when the news came.
As we hit I-16, going from Macon to Savannah, we started running into traffic. I-16 is usually an uncrowded, easygoing road. Not today. I think most of the cars were coming from Hilton Head and Savannah. Luckily, we were going toward Savannah rather than away from it!
As we came over the causeway to our island, the tide was up in the marshes. And I mean up. Usually, the marshes look like a green field. Not today.
We're packing up tonight, putting our legal papers and a few other precious items into the car. Tomorrow morning --Thursday-- we'll be heading back to Atlanta to stay with relatives. Right now, it's projected that Matthew is due to call Thursday night or Friday.
When this blog publishes Saturday morning, we should know if our house has been blown away or not. We're keeping our fingers crossed! This is the first time we've had to go through this!
The mandatory evacuation notice came Thursday morning as we were heading out. We got to Atlanta and watched news and Internet reports on the hurricane progress. Matthew meandered around and passed our island Friday night, This morning we got word that our neighborhood houses suffered little structural damage, probably because the eye was about 45 miles offshore.
A lot of trees and power lines are down but hopefully that will be cleared away within a few days and we can go home. We are very thankful!