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As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC unit is one of the most important components in your house. It keeps you cool during hot summer days and warm on chilly winter nights. When it's working properly, it's easy to forget its important role in your everyday life. But when it malfunctions, you quickly remember how crucial heating and AC repair in Brunswick, GA, is for your family.

At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our mission is to ensure your cooling and heating systems remain effective throughout the year at the lowest prices available. Unlike some of our competitors, we prefer to put our customers first before anything else. We believe in doing right by the folks who choose our business. Cutting corners to save a few bucks? Annoying sales pitches to try and sell you new parts or equipment? That's just not the way we do business.

When you choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you can rest easy knowing you won't have to pay outlandish fees for our services. As a licensed, bonded heating and air conditioning company, we know how important trust is when it comes to the nature of our business. We go above and beyond other HVAC companies and treat your home like it was our own. That way, you have peace of mind knowing you and your family are in capable, responsible hands.

We take pride in providing our customers with the highest quality service. Our highly trained technicians have experience handling all aspects of HVAC repair, from routine maintenance problems to advanced A/C unit installation projects in Brunswick, GA.

Through hard work, honesty, and integrity, we have built a loyal customer base that continues to grow each month. It would be our honor to call you our customer too. Whether you need a routine maintenance check or emergency heater repair in Brunswick, we are here for you every step of the way, 24-hours a day.

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Why Choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC?

We get it - there are a lot of A/C companies out there to sift through. You want to be sure you choose the best company for your needs and budget.

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Here are just a few reasons why our customers choose Liberty Heating & Airworx AC over other HVAC companies in South Georgia:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

Authorized Carrier and Goodman Dealer:

We're authorized to service and sell two of the most respected brands in the heating and A/C industry. No matter what size home you own, our technicians are fully equipped to handle any HVAC issue with your Goodman, Carrier, or other air conditioning units.

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

Insured, Bonded, and Licensed:

We go the extra mile to ensure that our customers feel safe and protected when they hire our team. We treat your home like it was our own, from the moment we step foot on your property to the time we pull out of your driveway.

Fair Pricing

Fair Pricing

We understand that money doesn't just grow on trees. You work hard to make an honest living and need reasonable pricing on A/C repair and other HVAC services. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, you'll never have to worry about us charging you outrageous prices.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Brunswick, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Year-Round Discounts

Year-Round Discounts

With Ft. Stewart just a few minutes away, Brunswick has one of Georgia's largest active military populations. It is our honor to offer current and retired military members and their families discounted prices on their next service appointment. We also offer up to 10% off for Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Members. It's our small way of giving back to those who have sacrificed so much for our liberty.

Free Estimates

Free Estimates

From new unit installations to air conditioning repair, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a free estimate on our services.

Emergency Service

Emergency Service

Has your heater gone out in the middle of a freezing January night? A/C unit quit working in the middle of summer? Despite some common red flags that you can keep an eye out for, you can never really plan for an HVAC malfunction. That's why we offer emergency HVAC services in Brunswick, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Flexible Financing

Flexible Financing:

When your A/C unit or heater breaks suddenly, it can be hard to squeeze repairs into your budget. To make sure all of our customers are comfortable in their homes, we offer financing options to make your life easier.

Air Conditioning Repair in Brunswick, GA

Here in southern Georgia, our summers can be extremely hot and humid. Trying to live in a home without A/C a South Georgia summer isn't just a bad idea; it can be downright deadly. Fortunately, Liberty Heating & Airworx AC is here to help with all of your A/C needs. There's no A/C issue that our highly trained HVAC technicians haven't seen before, and no job too small or large for us to tackle. Whether your A/C system needs a basic issue resolved, or you need a new AC unit installed at your house, our team will be at your door in no time.

We have the experience and training to service all major air conditioning systems, from ductless systems to central air setups. We're authorized to service Goodman to Carrier brands, but the truth is it doesn't matter what A/C unit brand you have - our team can fix it all. If your unit is beyond repair, we can walk you through the process of installing a new A/C system and suggest appropriate units that will work well for your home.

Here are just a few of the most common A/C repair services we offer in Brunswick and the surrounding area:

  • Electrical repair
  • Compressor Repair
  • Refrigerant Leaks
  • Refrigerant Recharges
  • Replace Blower Motor
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Common Signs That
You Need AC Repair in
Brunswick, GA

Once springtime rolls around, it's very important that you keep your eyes and ears open for any potential warning signs that your A/C unit needs to be repaired. The last thing you need is to be caught off guard when June, July, and August are in full swing. Knowledge is power, and at Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, committed to keeping our customers in the loop about potential A/C repair warning signs. That way, you can take preventative steps rather than reactive ones.

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Loud-Unusual-Noises
Loud, Unusual Noises

Don't be alarmed if your A/C unit makes low-level noises throughout the day and night - these sounds are completely normal. However, if you hear loud, unusually abrupt noises coming from your unit, it may be time to have it repaired. Buzzing or rattling noises can mean a part is loose, while grinding or whistling can signal a more serious problem. Because these types of issues won't work themselves out on their own, a professional is needed to diagnose and correct the problem.

Strong-Odors
Strong Odors

If you notice strange, smelly odors permeating throughout your home, your first instinct may be to grab the air freshener. However, unpleasant odors can be a sign that your A/C unit needs attention. Our A/C repair techs will let you know what's going on and how a potential issue can be remediated with a quick diagnostic test.

Refrigerant or Water Leaks
Refrigerant or Water Leaks

Your A/C unit needs refrigerant to keep your home cool and comfortable when it's hot outside. It's common for condensation to accumulate as your system cools your home. With that said, if you notice pooling water or an active leak coming from your A/C system, it's time to call an A/C repair tech ASAP. Leaks can cause extensive damage to your home, and the problem needs to be addressed quickly.

Heater Repair in
Brunswick, GA

South Georgia isn't known for its freezing temperatures, but one thing is for sure - wintertime in Brunswick can get very cold. When the temps begin to drop, your home's furnace works properly. Modern homes have come a long way since the days of wood and coal. Your home's heater is complicated, and when one component fails, the entire system can be affected. In situations like these, it's important not to panic. Instead, give Liberty Heating & Airworx AC a call. Our trustworthy team of heating repair experts have the knowledge and training to repair your furnace fast, so you can get back to enjoying your home.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that we can help repair:

  • No Heat
  • Thermostat Malfunction
  • Heat Pump Replacement
  • Ignition and Pilot Problems
  • Noisy Heater
  • Emergency Services
  • Much More!
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Common Signs That You Need Furnace Repair in Brunswick, GA

 Heating And Cooling Repair Brunswick, GA

Today's heating systems are complex. At Liberty Heating & Airworx AC, our heating repair technicians receive ongoing training in all aspects of heating technology. That way, their skills stay sharp, and their techniques remain up to date. However, you don't need to be an expert to spot common signs that your heater may need to be repaired.

As colder months approach in Georgia, try to be aware of the following red flags:

Expensive Heating Bill

You're probably used to a more expensive electricity bill when winter hits Brunswick. However, if you notice a huge price jump over last year's bill, it could be a sign that something is wrong with your heating system. Utility companies are known for raising prices gradually, but a dramatic leap is a cause for concern.

Uneven Heating
Uneven-Heating

Does your heater seem to work perfectly in some areas of your house but not others? Are some rooms too hot while others are drafty and cold? If so, your heater may need repairing. This is a common issue in older homes and requires an expert to inspect your heater and ducts for airflow problems.

Unhealthy Air Quality
Unhealthy Air Quality

If the air in your house is hazy no matter how much you dust, your heater may be the problem. A furnace that circulates mildew, dust, and other harmful particles isn't working correctly. This issue is particularly bad for people with asthma or respiratory illnesses. If you haven't changed your home's air filter recently, be sure to do so. If the problem persists, it's time to call Liberty Heating & Airworx AC.

New AC Installation
in Brunswick, GA

You and your family depend on your home's A/C system to keep you cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year. Unfortunately, breakdowns happen at the worst possible times - like in the middle of July when temperatures are over 90 degrees. If you have had to repair your A/C system more and more often, investing in a new cooling system will save you time and money in the long run.

As an Authorized Carrier and Goodman dealer - two of the most recognized and respected brands in our industry - we have the highest quality units available. We handle every aspect of your new A/C installation from start to finish. That way, you can focus on living your life rather than worrying about the next time your A/C goes out.

Curious when it might be time for a new A/C system?

Keep an eye out for these warning signs:

Dusty Furniture

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If you have kept your unit well-maintained and changed your air filter regularly, you shouldn't experience this problem. If you do, and your system is old, it can be more cost-effective to replace it and have your duct system analyzed to fix the root cause of your dust issue.

High Humidity

 HVAC Repair Services Brunswick, GA

If it feels unusually sticky in your home, like you just spent a few hours outside in the summertime, there's a good chance that something is seriously wrong with your air conditioning. Your air conditioner's job is to pull moisture out of the air to keep your feeling cool inside. When that process fails, it can increase your risk of mold and mildew growth - and that's just the start.

Frequent Repairs

 HVAC Services Brunswick, GA

When your repair bills end up costing more than a down payment on a new A/C system, it might make more financial sense to invest in a more modern unit. Compare how much it costs to have our maintenance technicians perform regular service vs. the cost of a new air conditioning installation. The results may surprise you.

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At least 3 explosions in fire at Brunswick chemical plant; neighborhoods evacuated

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Update: Glynn County officials just held a briefing shortly after 6 p.m. on new developments from the Symrise plant.It has been reported that fire fighters used extra precaution battling the blaze. Due to the contaminants, extra safety measures need to be taken. Progress was slowed earlier in the day because a tank was not vented safely, and first responders needed to be pulled back to safety.Evacuation orders for Satilla Shores and Royal Oak have been lifted. Residents are free to return to their ...

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Update: Glynn County officials just held a briefing shortly after 6 p.m. on new developments from the Symrise plant.

It has been reported that fire fighters used extra precaution battling the blaze. Due to the contaminants, extra safety measures need to be taken. Progress was slowed earlier in the day because a tank was not vented safely, and first responders needed to be pulled back to safety.

Evacuation orders for Satilla Shores and Royal Oak have been lifted. Residents are free to return to their neighborhoods and homes because the threat level has expired.

The temporary shelter at Ballard Gym will be closing as evacuees are being allowed to return home.

According to the briefing, “crews will be finalizing the monitoring of tanks, shutdown of valves and extinguishing spot fires on the site.” The next step is to coat the area with a foam blanket which will suppress the fumes from the plant. It will also help cool any hot spots.

Original Story: Multiple agencies are continuing to respond to an early morning fire at the Symrise Chemical Plant in Brunswick.

The call about the fire at the Symrise’s Colonel Island production site came in at 4 a.m. Monday, according to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Capt. Eric Proswimmer said during an 11 a.m. briefing.

Before fire personnel arrived, there was an explosion, Proswimmer said. Three engines, a squad, a rescue and a battalion chief initially responded and the battalion chief called for more resources.

The crews fought the fire until the on-site water supply, which was 1.3 million gallons, diminished.

Proswimmer said there were two additional explosions after that. He said the chemical they are dealing with is hydrogen peroxide with pinene.

The south side of the Port of Brunswick was evacuated around 6:30 a.m., Proswimmer said.

Hazmat teams from Jacksonville and Savannah are on scene to assist with the response.

No civilians have been injured and one firefighter was taken to the hospital for exhaustion.

No one is in severe danger, but crews are being cautious and they are taking slow, calculated steps to fight the fire. Meteorologists are on site helping firefighters determine how far the wind could carry the chemicals.

Officials will alert those who have evacuated via social media when it is safe for those who have evacuated to return. A shelter has been set up for evacuees, which is about 100 households, Proswimmer said.

Proswimmer said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire happened during regular production hours at the facility, which manufactures fragrance ingredients, Symrise said. Proswimmer said there were six to eight people working at the plant at the time of the fire and they are all accounted for and safe.

Evacuations have been ordered for the following neighborhoods:

In Camden County, evacuation orders were issued for Hickory Bluff and Sanctuary Cove, but those have been lifted, according to Camden County Emergency Management Agency.

The shelter in place order that was issued for the following neighborhoods in Camden County has been lifted as well:

Glynn County Public Schools are not evacuating, but are sheltering in place with no outside activity.

In addition to JFRD, McIntosh County Fire and Rescue, Brantley County Fire and Rescue are assisting Glynn County Fire Rescue.

Symrise said it does not believe that the fire will cause additional health hazards to the local community and the company said it will closely cooperate and support local authorities in analyzing the causes for the fire as soon as the authorities allow return to the area.

Gov. Brian Kemp issued a statement Monday morning about the fire, our sister station WSB-TV reports:

“Earlier today, local authorities alerted my office of a major fire at the Symrise chemical plant off of Highway 17 in Brunswick. I immediately instructed Director Stallings of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Colonel Wright of the Georgia State Patrol, Director Rick Dunn of the Environmental Protection Division, and Georgia Department of Transportation leaders to direct all available state resources to assist local responders.

“As the situation develops throughout the day, Marty and I are asking our fellow Georgians to join us in praying for this community and the brave first responders actively battling this fire. Continue to consult local news and public safety officials for any updates.”

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Multiple explosions and fire at Symrise chemical plant in Brunswick prompts evacuations

This is a developing story.UPDATE 7:00 p.m.:Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents can return to their neighborhoods, according to the latest Glynn County press release.Crews will be finalizing the monitoring of tanks, shutdown of valves and extinguishing fires on the site. They will...

This is a developing story.

UPDATE 7:00 p.m.:

Evacuation orders have been lifted and residents can return to their neighborhoods, according to the latest Glynn County press release.

Crews will be finalizing the monitoring of tanks, shutdown of valves and extinguishing fires on the site. They will then go in and coat the area with a foam blanket to suppress the fumes from the plant and cool any hot spots that may be left.

The State Fire Marshall will enter the location to begin the investigation of the blaze. Once he clears the scene, company officials will have the plant turned back over to them.

UPDATE 3:30 p.m.:

Camden County Emergency Management Agency received reports of a chemical smell in parts of Glynn County outside of the shelter-in-place area (about 3-mile radius from Symrise plant). The smell is from terpenes coming from the plant fire and explosion this morning.

Officials say terpenes are naturally occuring chemical compounds, can cause irritation for people with asthma or other breathing issues, but is not considered toxic.

UPDATE 2:30 p.m.:

The Symrise Chemical Plant is experiencing a flare up and residents have not been cleared to return to their homes in the Satilla Shores and Royal Oaks neighborhoods, according to the Glynn County Sheriff's Office.

Additionally, Camden County Emergency Management Agency advised that residents in the following neighborhoods shelter in place and avoid outdoor activities: Hickory Bluff, Sanctuary Cove (east of I-95), Dover Bluff, Waverly and Lampadoshia.

County officials confirmed that the chemical source of the fire is hydrogen peroxide pinene, which is manufactured at the plant.

An industrial fire that broke out Monday morning at the Symrise chemical plant in Brunswick has been contained and is expected to burn out, according to Glynn County officials.

The plant is located at 209 SCM Road off U.S. 17 and across from the Colonel's Island Terminal of the Georgia Ports Authority.

According to the county officials, one firefighter sustained minor injuries. No other injuries or casualties have been reported, and everyone besides hazmat and emergency personnel has been evacuated from the plant.

No power outages have occurred either, said Glynn County Sheriff's Office undersheriff Mario Morales.

The Glynn County Fire Rescue received a call of a fire at the Symrise chemical plant at around 3:45 a.m., reported county officials. Upon arrival, a small explosion occurred and the response team tried to determine the source of the fire. As the team pulled back, two more explosions emitted from the plant. During the incident a Code Red was engaged.

A multi-agency fire detail, including Glynn County, Camden County, Nahunta, Jekyll Island, city of Brunswick, Jacksonville and Savannah was called to the scene.

Emergency and hazmat units have contained the fire and are now implementing mitigation measures, according to Morales. That includes ensuring that the fire does not resurface and making sure any chemicals do not go airborne. While the fire is contained, wind shift is still a concern, said county officials.

Three neighborhoods have been evacuated: Hickory Bluff, Satilla Shores and Royal Oaks. County officials later reported that Dover Bluff was also evacuated and two schools in the area were given a shelter in place notice.

Those within a one-mile radius of the plant are advised to evacuate while neighborhoods within a 3-mile radius are under a shelter-in-place order, according to Glynn County Board of Commissioners Facebook page.

Those evacuating can find shelter at Selden Park at 100 Genoa Martin Drive, the Ballard Gymnasium and the PSA Recreation Center located at 1050 Wildcat Drive in Kingsland, according to Camden County Emergency Management Agency.

Residents should not try and approach the site of the fire, said Morales.

Symrise is a German-based company with over 100 locations across the globe. According to their website, they produce more than 34,000 products related to fragrance, flavor, natural nutrition and cosmetics.

Chemicals including hydrogen peroxide pinene were being produced at the plant, said Glynn County PIO Katy Baasen, but officials are not aware if or how much of the chemicals are becoming airborne. Evacuations were a precautionary measure, said Baasen.

The Symrise plant is located 21 miles away from the Thiokol plant in Woodbine, where a devastating explosion took place in 1971, killing about 30 workers and injuring dozens.

More updates on incidents at the Symrise plant will be posted on the Glynn County Board of Commissioners' page, the Glynn County Sheriff's Office page and Camden County EMA as information is being shared from the ground.

Nancy Guan is the general assignment reporter covering Chatham County municipalities. Reach her at nguan@gannett.com or on Twitter @nancyguann.

Industrial fire, explosions at Brunswick chemical plant prompt evacuations, shelter-in-place orders

The fire has been contained and is expected to burn out: officials BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Residents in Southeast Georgia — the Hickory Bluff and Sanctuary Cove areas — were asked to evacuate and shelter in place after an industrial fire at the Symrise plant in Glynn County, according to Glynn County Board of Commissioners. According to Jacksonville Fire Rescue Captain Eric Prosswimmer, the incident happened aroun...

The fire has been contained and is expected to burn out: officials

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Residents in Southeast Georgia — the Hickory Bluff and Sanctuary Cove areas — were asked to evacuate and shelter in place after an industrial fire at the Symrise plant in Glynn County, according to Glynn County Board of Commissioners.

According to Jacksonville Fire Rescue Captain Eric Prosswimmer, the incident happened around 4 a.m. during a shift change. Only six to eight employees were there at the time and they have all been accounted for.

The fire ignited one explosion and then two more, Prosswimmer said. The main chemical involved is hydrogen peroxide pinene, commonly used in fragrances.

The plant was evacuated along with neighborhoods within a one-mile radius. Those within three miles of the plant were advised to shelter in place. Three neighborhoods were evacuated: Hickory Bluff, Royal Oaks and Satilla Shores. As of 2:50 p.m., Satilla Shores and Royal Oak residents were able to return to their homes.

The Dover Bluff area of Camden County and the south side of the Port of Brunswick were also evacuated.

Two schools within 2.3 miles of the plant were also placed under shelter-in-place orders.

One man who was working at another nearby plant at the time told News4JAX, “I could se a giant cloud of smoke forming out there, you could smell it in the air.” He continued, “I don’t know if you’ve ever smelled chlorine in your pool. It smelled like a watered down version of that.” He also said it stung his skin and eyes.

An evacuation order has been issued for the Hickory Bluff area and Sanctuary Cove subdivision east of I-95 due to a nearby chemical plant fire. Those evacuating can find shelter at the PSA Recreation Center located at 1050 Wildcat Drive in Kingsland. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/sg9XFf4MFw

— Camden County EMA (@CamdenCountyEMA) November 7, 2022

One Glynn County firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and is in stable condition, officials said. The fire has been contained and is expected to burn out.

“It was just a lot of smoke,” Keith Rathbun, a bystander, said. “We sat there for a little bit and all you could see was smoke and the fire trucks just kept rolling in, kept rolling in, and before you knew it... At that point…nobody told us what was going on. I didn’t know. None of us knew what was going on until we got inside the port here, and then the Port Authority told me what was going on.”

Kingsland Recreation Center — located behind Camden County High School — opened as a shelter, according to the Public Information Officer with the Camden County Sheriff’s Office.

It was estimated that 100 households were asked to evacuate, but no one took advantage of the shelter.

Hazmat crews from Jacksonville were spotted at the scene and were assisting Georiga fire crews. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Symrise Chemical Plant produces more than 34,000 products to more than 150 countries, according to its website. Those products include perfumes, beverages, nutritional items, oral care, probiotics and pet nutrition.

Nicole brings rain, wind, tornado watch and road closures to Golden Isles

Tropical Storm Nicole's northward approach brought a 3.7 foot storm surge to the Golden Isles during Thursday morning's high tide, the highest surge measured since Hurricane Irma's passing caused massive flooding in September of 2017, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla.Flooded streets, power outages and downed trees and tree limbs have been reported on the island and in mainland Glynn County as Nicole pushes northward up the center of Florida. The county closed the F.J. Torras Causeway linking St. Simons Is...

Tropical Storm Nicole's northward approach brought a 3.7 foot storm surge to the Golden Isles during Thursday morning's high tide, the highest surge measured since Hurricane Irma's passing caused massive flooding in September of 2017, according to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla.

Flooded streets, power outages and downed trees and tree limbs have been reported on the island and in mainland Glynn County as Nicole pushes northward up the center of Florida. The county closed the F.J. Torras Causeway linking St. Simons Island to mainland Thursday morning due to rising storm surge swamping the roadway. The causeway reopened around 1:30 p.m., once crews cleared debris from the roadway.

The National Weather Service measured the 3.7-foot storm surge at St. Simons Island nearly an hour after Thursday's 9:10 a.m. high tide, said Ben Nelson, senior meteorologist with the weather service. The storm surge all but destroyed the wooden beach walkover at Gould's Inlet on St. Simon's Island, but it was unclear late Thursday afternoon how much beach erosion occurred there.

Gusts of 53 mph were measured around dawn Thursday on St. Simons Island, with gusts of 38 mph measured on the mainland, he said. Sustained winds of 35 mph were measured on the island, slightly below tropical storm strength, he said. Waves of 7 to 9 feet have been reported along the coast, prompting continued concerns for beach erosion, Nelson said.

With rain bands from Nicole expected to roll in throughout the day, the weather service extended Thursday's tornado watch in Glynn County until 7 p.m., Nelson said.

The Golden Isles can expect a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet with tonight's 9:36 p.m. high tide, Nelson said.

"Storm surge at the St. Simons Pier peaked at about 3.7 feet, which is about a quarter foot below the 3.9 feet measured during Irma," Nelson said. "You're obviously seeing quite a bit of inundations and closed roadways up there. But this high tide after sunset tonight probably won't be as high as we had this morning."

That would be fine with Peer Wismuller, a recent retiree from Atlanta now living with wife Kathy on the end S. Harrington Road. The road was underwater at 11 a.m. Thursday from his home all the way to the boat ramp on Village Creek at the end of the road, about 1/4 mile away. Water was creeping into the Wismuller's garage, which is detached from their home on an elevated foundation.

"I live right here, I'm a little worried," Wismuller said, laughing nervously. "I've never seen it this high. It's starting to creep into my garage."

Seventeen years on the island could not betray the New England accents of the couple who live a few homes up the road from Wismuller.

"What are you going to do?" said the wife with a shrug, asking to remain anonymous.

"It is what it is," the husband added. "It's weather."

County officials reminded residents that power outages, fallen trees and flooded roads are likely as the storm sweeps up Florida today and into Georgia, expected to travel well west of the Golden Isles this evening. They caution residents not to drive into obviously flooded roads, to "turn around, don't drown."

Glynn County spokeswoman Katie Baasen told The News earlier Thursday that the F.J. Torras Causeway has been reduced to one lane due to flooding and some roads have been closed entirely — Sea Island Causeway, Macon Avenue from H Street to Talmadge Avenue, Talmadge Avenue from Wilson Avenue to U.S. 17, Newcastle Street from Howe Street to Monck Street, Mansfield Street from Reynolds Street to Bay Street and Lanier Boulevard near Glynn Middle School.

So far Thursday, county officials have also announced the closings Thursday of the St. Simons Island Pier, Overlook Park on U.S. Highway 17 in Brunswick and the fishing bridge at Liberty Ship Park under the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

Glynn County Schools officials made the decision Wednesday to cancel all classes today.

Nicole strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane before making a predawn Thursday in central Florida with sustained winds of 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has since resumed tropical storm force as it sweeps in a northwest path up the middle of Florida.

As of 1 p.m., Nicole was near south of Crystal River on Florida's Gulf Coast, moving northwest at 15 mph with weakened maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Nicole packed sustained winds of 60 mph as it crossed Florida earlier Thursday morning.

It is forecast to maintain tropical storm strength as it sweeps up the gulf and the Florida Panhandle before crossing into western Georgia late tonight or early Friday morning, placing the Golden Isles in the path of concentrated winds out of the southwest.

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville, Fla., noted Wednesday that Nicole is an unusually large storm with a wind field up to 460 miles.

In Brunswick, the National Weather Service places the next high tides at 10:28 p.m. today and 10:41 a.m. and 11:10 p.m. on Friday.

Steady winds and tropical storm force gusts would likely persist into the early evening as Nicole's rain bands continue to deluge the Golden Isles, he said. Glynn County could receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain.

"I think we're in a similar situation through the late afternoon," Nelson said. "With these heavy rain bands, we will get some tropical storm gusts through sunset. The good news is, I don't think we'll get another high tide quite like we had this morning."

Explosions, fire force evacuations near Symrise Chemical Plant in Georgia

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Several neighborhoods were evacuated, and others were told to shelter in place after multiple explosions and a fire were reported at the Symrise Chemical Plant in Brunswick, Georgia, early Monday morning.According to the ...

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Several neighborhoods were evacuated, and others were told to shelter in place after multiple explosions and a fire were reported at the Symrise Chemical Plant in Brunswick, Georgia, early Monday morning.

According to the Glynn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, emergency crews received a report just before 4 a.m. about a fire at the chemical plant. When they arrived, an explosion occurred, and work began to determine the source of the fire and an attempt to extinguish it.

More emergency resources were called to the scene to assist, and crews continued to work on extinguishing the blaze for about two hours.

"The chemical source of the fire is hydrogen peroxide pinene, which is manufactured in the plant," investigators said Monday afternoon.

According to officials, there were a total of three explosions: One occurred when crews arrived at the scene, and two additional explosions occurred when they began to pull away from the chemical plant.

Emergency officials evacuated a one-mile radius of the chemical plant as a precaution, and residents were told to go to a shelter in Brunswick.

According to officials, two schools in the area were also told to shelter in place.

As of Monday afternoon, crews were still at the scene, but the fire has been contained and is expected to burn itself out.

A hazmat team from Jacksonville, Florida, also responded to the scene, and officials say one firefighter received minor injuries.

After getting word of the explosions and fire at the Symrise Chemical Plant, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp instructed emergency management officials to direct all available state resources to assist local first responders.

"As the situation develops throughout the day, Marty and I are asking our fellow Georgians to join us in praying for this community and the brave first responders actively battling this fire," Kemp said in a statement. "Continue to consult local news and public safety officials for any updates."

Air quality and winds are a concern

"One of the things we look at when this happens is, of course, the air quality and winds when we're talking about a massive explosion," said FOX Weather meteorologist Jane Minar. "We have all of that smoke and debris that gets lofted in the air."

Minar said that air quality reports are still good so far, and there are calm winds across the area.

As of Monday morning, winds in the area are light, between 5-10 mph.

Emergency officials and forecasters will continue to monitor the wind speed and direction to determine if there is any additional danger to people in the area.

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