Watch for storm e-mail scams, SC warns

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 11:35am



Aiken County safety authorities issued two warnings Saturday morning.

First, motorists should limit travel because of weather and traffic problems, and citizens are urged to travel only if necessary.

Second, the Sheriff’s Office said the Governor’s Office warns that citizens across the sate are getting e-mails from an unknown address with attached links for “outage updates.”

Authorities warn this is attempt for the e-mail’s sender to gain access to your computer or personal information.

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Storm moves on, but SC still dangerous

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 10:53am


CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew’s impact on South Carolina (all times local):


10:30 a.m.


South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is warning South Carolinians that Hurricane Matthew is still a danger across the state.


Haley met with reporters late this morning to urge the state’s residents to continue to be careful as the storm moves northeast along the coast.


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Hurricane closes parts of I-95 on Georgia coast

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 6:39am

BRUNSWICK, Ga.  — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew in   Georgia   (all times local):

6 a.m.

Portions of Interstate 95 near the   Georgia   coast are blocked by flooding and debris from Hurricane Matthew.

The   Georgia   Department of Transportation said Saturday morning two exits along I-95 were closed because of excessive water on the roadway in Liberty County, about 30 miles southwest of Savannah.

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Power outages sweep coastal Georgia as hurricane rolls north

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:04pm

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — More than 100,000 residents were without power in coastal Georgia as gusty winds strengthened and rain grew more severe with Hurricane Matthew swirling toward the region Friday night.

Outages could climb through the night in the storm-struck counties of Chatham, Glynn, Camden and McIntosh, Georgia Power spokesman John Kraft said. He said utility company crewmembers are expected to head toward the storm-hit areas Saturday after the weather clears.

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Red Cross requests support from volunteers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 6:35pm

The Red Cross is asking Augustans to volunteer to help keep shelters for hurricane evacuees staffed.

Opportunities to volunteer at Red Cross shelters are expected to continue through October 14, and can include helping distribute food, water and hygiene kits. 

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, must pass a background check and motor vehicle check and must be in good health. Training takes place on site.

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Voting registration deadline nears for presidential election

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:23pm


Time is running out to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election – and advance voting starts in eight days.

Local elections officials say applications continue to pour in ahead of Tuesday’s registration deadline.

“We’ve got several thousand that we’ve yet to process, and they continue to come in pretty steadily every day,” said Lynn Bailey, the executive director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.

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Glenn Hills-Laney matchup moved to Wednesday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:42pm

The Glenn Hills-Laney game originally scheduled for this weekend has been moved to Wednesday because of the threat of storms from Hurricane Matthew.

The Wildcats will play host to the Spartans at Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The two teams were initially set to play Saturday and both have bye weeks the following week. Laney has won the past eight meetings dating back to 1998, including shutouts in three of the past four matchups.

Fire department cancels Saturday event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 3:30pm

The Augusta Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency has canceled the Family Emergency Ready Day Program scheduled Saturday at the Augusta Mall.

The new date for the emergency readiness event will be announced at a later time.

Richmond County public schools to close Monday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 2:13pm

Richmond County schools will be closed Monday to help shelter evacuees from Savannah.

A decision on making up the day will be made at a later date, according to Kaden Jacobs, director of communications and community engagement for Richmond County schools. No students or faculty are required to attend Monday.

Richmond County schools previously planned to use Monday as a makeup day for closing Sept. 2 because of Tropical Storm Hermine.

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Woods commits to play in PGA Tour event

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:31pm


Two weeks after the PGA Tour season ended, the next one starts Thursday and for some fans it can’t get here soon enough: Tiger Woods is returning to golf.

Woods made it official Friday by entering the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., the first event on the PGA Tour’s wraparound schedule. He has said a month ago that he hoped to play the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort, but had until Friday afternoon to officially commit.

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UGA AD McGarity speaks on decision to move game

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:05pm


ATHENS, Ga. — While Georgia’s football operations staff was on the ground in Columbia making sure a new site for the team to stay in met its needs, athletic director Greg McGarity Friday morning laid out some behind the scenes maneuvering that led to the rescheduled game at South Carolina being pushed back a day.

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SRS to resume operations tonight

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:29am


Savannah River Site will resume normal operations beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.

All normal entrances to the nuclear facility will be open at that time, according to a news release.

More shelters open to house Hurricane Matthew evacuees

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:23am


Bused Savannah evacuees now number 2,500 that are being sheltered at eight Richmond County Schools System locations.

The agreement with Chatham County provides Augusta will shelter up to 5,000 evacuees. The evacuees are going to a dozen designated Richmond County school system sites being managed by the Red Cross. Some 22,000 self-evacuees are estimated to be staying in Augusta hotels and motels, which are full.

There are 400 self-evacuees at three Red Cross shelters, according to an update at 6:30 p.m. from the city.

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Savannah sets dusk-to-dawn curfew

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 11:00am

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- A dusk to dawn curfew for all of Chatham County has been put in place during Hurricane Matthew and will stay in effect until lifted by local officials.

Lady A 'tail gate' shifts to Sunday

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:53am

Columbia County’s first “ultimate tailgating experience” will wait a day.

Officials said Friday the event planned for the Lady A site in Evans will shift to Sunday now that the Saturday Georgia-South Carolina game has been changed because of the weather.

Tailgating in designated lots will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Eric Lee Beddingfield will perform from 1 - 2:15 p.m. Kickoff for the football game is set for 2:30 p.m., and will be shown on a big screen at Evans Towne Center Park.

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Border Bash time moved up

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:38am



Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. today for the 23rd Annual Border Bash at Augusta Golf & Gardens.

With threatening weather expected later this evening, the start time of this year’s event has beenmoved up, according to a news release.

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Hurricane brushes Fla. this morning

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 10/07/2016 - 8:15am

Hurricane Matthew’s howling wind and driving rain pummeled Florida early today, starting what’s expected to be a ruinous, dayslong battering of the Southeast coast. The strongest winds of 120 mph were just offshore, but Matthew’s wrath still menaced more than 500 miles of coastline.


As of 6 a.m. EDT today, the hurricane’s western eyewall was brushing Cape Canaveral, according to the National Hurricane Center. Matthew was centered about 25 miles east of Cape Canaveral and moving north-northwest around 14 mph.


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