Bulloch County was braced for a storm that never really arrived Thursday morning. After a sluggish path that hovered over the Bahamas, laying waste to the islands, then hugging the Florida and Georgia coasts, Hurricane Dorian took a last-minute eastward hook that spared most of the area from serious harm.
In Bulloch County, only one tree was reported to have fallen Wednesday night — a tree on Niver Road, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. No damages were reported anywhere in the county, and “sporadic power outages” experienced in some small areas were not caused by wind, he said.
With Dorian taking a path similar to Hurricane Matthew, wavering from Category 5 to Category 2 and then back to Category 3 strength, Bulloch County public safety was prepared for the worst, he said. Work crews, emergency responders and law enforcement stayed out all night, a curfew was set for midnight to daylight, and everyone was ready to handle high winds, flooding rains and power outages. Fortunately, those never appeared.
“Considering the devastation of the Bahamas and the path Dorian was taking similar to Matthew, we were prepared,” Wynn said.
Operating all night under a tropical storm warning, crews never encountered any serious wind and almost no rainfall, he said.
“We were blessed.”
Sheriff’s deputies were on extra patrol all night, but everything was very quiet, said Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens.
“People were very compliant with the curfew, and we were very fortunate.”
Statesboro police Capt. Jared Akins said all was quiet on the city front as well.
“There were no issues, no damage,” he said.
Traffic lights remained operational, and there was not a great deal of travel on the streets.
“We, like the county, called it (safe) around 2:30 a.m.,” he said. ”We dodged a bullet.”
Georgia Southern University remains closed for classes Friday, but offices will be open. Ogeechee Technical College is normally closed on Fridays.
Bulloch County public schools and related activities will resume a normal schedule Friday, said marketing director Hayley Greene.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.