Town of SI – Hurricane Florence Update #8

Because many of Tidelines readers are non-property owners, visitors, and renters, we are forwarding this announcement from the Town. We apologize if you are receiving the same information several times.

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13 September               1:00 pm

As of 11:00 am on Thursday, 13 September, the National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Florence had weakened to a category 2 storm (sustained winds of 96 – 110 mph) and the forecasted path and timing of landfall remain uncertain. Charleston County Emergency Management Department expects tropical storm force winds to arrive in our area beginning Friday, 14 September and worsen through Saturday, 15 September. The Governor’s evacuation order for all of Charleston County remained in effect as of 13 September. Evacuated residents should not attempt to return before the evacuation order is lifted. The lane reversal of I-26 will end at 6:00 pm on 13 September. As of noon on Thursday, 13 September, the emergency response readiness status of Charleston County EMD remained at OPCON 1 and its emergency information telephone service (843-746-3900) was continuously available.

The Town’s emergency response readiness status remains at OPCON1 and the Town’s State of Emergency remains in effect. Since 5:00 pm Wednesday, 12 September, Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies have been stationed outside the Freshfields traffic circle to control access to Kiawah and Seabrook. Residents who have chosen not to evacuate are reminded that to gain access to Seabrook Island, motorists will be required to show evidence of residency or property ownership. The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association security personnel remain on duty at the security gate. Residents who have chosen not to evacuate are reminded that security officers may request proof of residency or property ownership to allow access through the gate; no guest passes will be honored.

Berkeley Electric advised the Town Thursday morning, 13 September that in contemplation of a need to protect its equipment from damage from potential flooding, it could no longer confirm that it will not preemptively turn off power for Seabrook and Kiawah. The Town issued a comprehensive statement in that regard earlier on Thursday, 13 September.

Thursday morning, 13 September, St. Johns Fire District informed the Town that it expects to relocate equipment from the Seabrook Island station for protection from potential flooding afternoon of Thursday, 13 September.

For emergency response call 911

For questions concerning non-emergency assistance during a state of emergency, call the Charleston County Citizen’s Information Hotline (843-746-3900)

For emergency response updates and announcements from the Town of Seabrook Island:

Continue to monitor the Town’s website (;
Call our toll-free number (888-314-3177);
Follow the Town’s TWITTER feed (; or
Follow the Town’s FACEBOOK page (;

Property Owners with rental guests should forward this notice to their rental guests.