SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Latest on Hurricane Matthew in Georgia (all times local):
Jekyll Island is once again open to the public following cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
The Jekyll Island Authority announced in a news release that officials were allowing full public access to the island off Savannah on Tuesday.
The release said all of the island’s hotels and a majority of its shops and restaurants “are now open and welcoming public business.”
The release also added that the post office and Jekyll Marina are also open, a curfew is no longer in effect, and that storm recovery is nearing completion on the island.
Georgia’s governor is extending a state of emergency for six coastal counties.
Gov. Nathan Deal issued the order Tuesday, extending the state of emergency for three days in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties.
Deal says the extension allows the state to issue any necessary orders, rules or regulations in those counties as they continue to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Deal also prohibited price gouging in the six counties and said the state will provide any resources needed to help the region. The extension ends late Saturday night.
In a separate order Tuesday, Deal also extended his suspension of numerous federal regulations on truck shipping to “ensure the uninterrupted supply of emergency or disaster-related materials” and other supplies to the area. The order affecting trucking ends late on Oct. 20.
Glynn County officials say they will soon allow full public access to St. Simons Island.
County officials said in a statement Tuesday that they’re now allowing people who can show proof of residency or property ownership — along with business employees — to return to the island.
They say that starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, they will allow full public access to the island.
Also, county officials say that Glynn County schools will reopen on Monday.
Georgia’s utility companies say nearly 90,000 customers remained without power in southeast Georgia and along the state’s coast as crews continue working to restore electricity and other services after Hurricane Matthew.
Georgia Power reports that about 75,000 of its customers remained without power Tuesday morning. Most of them were in the Savannah area.
Separately, the state’s electric membership cooperatives said about 14,000 of its customers were without power Tuesday morning. The cooperatives, which serve many rural parts of Georgia, said its remaining outages are in the most heavily damaged areas from the storm.
Other services are slowly being restored along the coast. Water officials on Tuesday announced that residents and businesses on St. Simons Island no longer need to boil water after tests were negative for contaminants.
The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta has opened its tanks to more than a dozen sea turtles temporarily moved from Jekyll Island to keep them safe during Hurricane Matthew.
Authorities say the storm prompted workers at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to send 18 turtles to Atlanta over the weekend.
The sea turtles are expected to remain at the aquarium’s animal care facility for at least a week as Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff head back to Jekyll Island to evaluate their homes and the facility.
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center’s website says the facility is focused on conservation and increasing awareness through sea turtle education, rehabilitation, and research programs. It’s also one of the island’s main tourist attractions, where visitors can watch employees care for the animals.