Glynn County Emergency officials have issued a code red warning all residents to "shelter in place" as conditions continue to worsen from now tropical storm Irma.
The F.J. Torras Causeway to St. Simons Island will close.
They advise everyone to keep off of the roads, not to drive and to remain sheltered until the storm passes. The wind is still dangerous, trees still may fall and power lines may come down.
According to county officials roughly 60 percent of the sewer lift stations on St. Simons Island are down.
A storm surge of 6.11 feet above mean high tide was recorded on St. Simons Island early Monday morning and wind gusts of 70 mph were still being recorded on Jekyll Island at 9:27 a.m. according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
As tropical storm Irma continued its approach to Georgia on a path far west of the Golden Isles, the weather service cautioned residents to expect strong winds and heavy rain throughout the day, said Nate McGinnis, meteorologist with the weather service.
At 4:37 a.m., the weather service recorded a hurricane strength gust on Jekyll Island of 77 mph, McGinnis said. A wind gust of 70 mph was recorded at 9:27 a.m. on Jekyll, he said. Wind gusts of 60 mph were recorded at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, and residents were reporting water above the doors of parked cars on U.S. Highway 17 in Brunswick, McGinnis said.
The weather service's monitoring station at McKinnon St Simons Airport went out of commission due to the conditions at 2:24 a.m.
Georgia Power crews will not be in the area until tomorrow.