Town of Seabrook Island Hurricane Update – August 31

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In a Tweet at 5:04 pm today, the Town of Seabrook Island announced that the following information was posted to the Town’s website:

Hurricane Dorian Update #4
August 31, 2019 – 5:00 PM​

Hurricane Dorian is now a category 4 hurricane and westward movement has slowed in the vicinity of the Bahamas. The forecast track is for a northerly turn with the potential for landfall along the coast of Georgia, South Carolina or North Carolina. It is expected that storm movement over the next twenty-four to thirty-six hours will increase both precision and confidence in the forecast track. National Weather Service Charleston expects storm impacts including significant rainfall and tidal surges to be felt in Charleston beginning in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 3d and continuing through Wednesday and Thursday. Flooding in our area will be impacted by higher than normal tidal activity. As storm impacts intensify, residents should be prepared for power outages. The Town maintains its recommendation that residents begin making preparations with a focus on potential flood impacts. Residents whose emergency plans call for early evacuation should make arrangements for accommodations at their preferred evacuation locations.

With potential for South Carolina landfall, the Governor has declared a State of Emergency for South Carolina to allow for exercise of emergency powers and to mobilize the National Guard. Charleston County Emergency Management Department has increased its readiness status to “Storm Impacts Likely”, will fully activate its Emergency Operations Center on Sunday September 1st, and continues to conduct daily Hurricane Dorian Tri-County Conference Calls. The Town has increased its readiness status to “Storm Impacts Likely” and will hold a special meeting of Town Council at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, September 3d to take up declaration of a State of Emergency and to take such other actions as deemed appropriate to the circumstances at that time.

Any resident who may require assistance with evacuation or who knows a resident they believe may require assistance with evacuation should contact the Town (843 768 9121) to provide name(s), address and contact information.

​​For emergency response, please call 911.

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

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

​​It is expected that the next Hurricane Dorian information update may be issued no earlier than early afternoon on Sunday, September 1; earlier updates will be issued as circumstances require. ​

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Town of Seabrook Island Hurricane Advisory

Sent On Behalf of the Town of Seabrook Island

Today the Town participated in the tri-county conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Dorian. Governor Henry McMaster has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency and has urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Dorian impacting the state. Residents and property owners are advised to monitor local media, review their hurricane plans, and begin to prepare their property or make contact with their property managers.

The most recent forecast shows an increased likelihood of the storm turning north and raises the potential for impact to the Mid-Atlantic states positioning South Carolina in the cone of uncertainty. South Carolina is expected to experience heavy rainfall, tropical-storm-force winds and storm surge beginning as soon as Wednesday.

The Town is working on advanced preparations in the event that our area would be directly affected.

As a reminder, we are currently experiencing a King Tide cycle through Sunday. King Tides are the highest seasonal tides that naturally occur each year that may cause flooding of low-lying areas.This is particularly true when a King Tide event coincides with significant precipitation. Please use caution while driving in areas prone to flooding.

You can expect the next update tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. If there is breaking news, we will release that information before our scheduled communication.

Helpful Links

Sign up for the Town’s emergency notification system CodeRED here. CodeRED is used to communicate to residents to a designated phone number in emergency situations. CodeRED is reserved for short evacuation-related messages sent with only pertinent information.

-Submitted by SIPOA

September Calendar at Johns Island Regional Library

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Johns Island Regional Library located on Maybank Highway offers a wide variety of activities and resources for children, teens and adults. Featured in September are several presentations specifically geared toward the needs and interests of seniors.

  • Dr. Dorree Lynn, celebrity psychotherapist, will share tips on how to live a robust life, no matter your age, on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 am. Come  learn about “S-Aging with Zest.”
  • On Mondays in September there will be a series of presentations on topics of interest to seniors including how to protect yourself from scams, the causes of weight gain, and the habits of happy people.

To see the full calendar of activities at the Johns Island Regional Library for September, 2019, click here.

-Tidelines Editors

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Adopt-A-Highway September 7

The time is fast approaching for our next Betsy Kerrison Parkway clean-up!  Next Saturday morning, September 7, we will gather at the Lake House in the Eagles’ Nest Room to collect our bags, gloves, reflective vests, and pickup sticks to venture out into the wild world outside the gates to commune with nature and clean up our Island entryway.

Please come one and all to help out.  We hope to have everyone on the way by 8:30 in order to be done before the day’s heat sets in.

If you have any questions contact Rich Siegel at richard.siegel2552@gmail.com or phone at 716-969-4731.

Many hands make light work, so please join us!

-Submitted by Rich Siegel

Hurricane Dorian Update

 August 30, 2019, 5:00 pm

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a category 3 hurricane and is forecast to reach category 4 strength as it gets nearer to the coast of Florida. A northward turn remains in the forecast track. However, the storm’s westward movement has slowed and that has the effect of increasing uncertainty as to when that turn may occur.

National Weather Service Charleston notes the potential for heavy rains and coastal flooding in Georgia and southeastern South Carolina when the storm moves northward as expected. Flooding in our area will be impacted by higher than normal tidal activity. The Town maintains its recommendation that residents review their emergency preparedness plans and begin making preparations with a focus on potential flood impacts.

Charleston County Emergency Management Department remains under “Normal Operations” readiness status, is conducting daily Hurricane Dorian Tri-County Conference Calls and will change its readiness status as circumstances warrant. The Town is maintaining Normal Operations readiness status and does not expect to change its readiness status in advance of a change by Charleston County.

Any resident who may require assistance with evacuation or who knows a resident they believe may require assistance with evacuation should contact the Town (843 768 9121) to provide the name(s), address and contact information.

PROPERTY OWNERS WITH RENTAL GUESTS SHOULD FORWARD THIS NOTICE TO THEIR RENTAL GUESTS.

The next Town update is expected to be afternoon on Saturday, August 31st.

-Submitted by Town of Seabrook Island

Charleston Beer Week – September 7-14

Charleston Beer Week
September 4-14, 2019
Click here for information & events

As the nation’s craft beer industry grows exponentially, so has the local Charleston craft beer scene over the last few years. We now boast 30 breweries & brewpubs, numerous craft beer-focused pubs, restaurants, stores, and a population ever-warming to the idea that beer should not only taste like something, but taste like something delicious.

Join us for the 7th Annual Charleston Beer Week, taking place September 7th through the 14th as we highlight the wide variety of craft beer brands enjoyed in the area today with a wide variety of unique events you wouldn’t normally find on your calendar!

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Turtle Patrol Inventory – Friday, August 30

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We will inventory nests 77 & 81 on Friday, August 30 at 4:30 pm. We’ll start with Nest 81 which is located 100 yards north of boardwalk 6 (take boardwalk 6 and turn left). The nest was found by Judy Morr and Kathy Hanson on July 10 and it hatched in 51 days.
Nest 77 is located 175 yards south of boardwalk 2 and was found by the Carter family, and Valerie and Mark Doane on July 7. It hatched in 54 days

-Submitted  by Gary Fansler

Click here to view the SI Boardwalk map.

Hurricane Dorian Update

Hurricane Dorian remains a category 1 hurricane. Current forecasts project that it may reach category 4 strength as it gets nearer to the coast of Florida. Current track forecasts project a turn northward after landfall at Florida with the potential for causing heavy rains and flooding in Georgia and South Carolina. At the current rate of movement of the storm, it is expected that potential impacts for our area will become clearer in the next two days. Residents are encouraged to review their emergency preparedness plans and to begin making preparations with a focus on potential flood impacts.

Charleston County Emergency Management Department remains under “Normal Operations” readiness condition, conducted its first Hurricane Dorian Tri-County Conference Call on 29 August, and will change its readiness condition as circumstances warrant. It is not expected that the Town will change its readiness condition in advance of a change by Charleston County.

Any resident who may require assistance with evacuation or who knows a resident they believe may require assistance with evacuation should contact the Town (843 768 9121) to provide name(s), address and contact information.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Hurricane Dorian Advisory

Hurricane Dorian is now a category 1 hurricane and is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move nearer to the coast of Florida. On August 28 the governor of Florida declared a state of emergency. While current forecasts indicate probable landfall in Florida, we have learned through experience that storms such as Dorian have a propensity for last minute changes, and accordingly residents are encouraged to review their emergency preparedness plans and to begin making preparations on the expectation that some storm impacts could occur as early as the afternoon of Monday, September 2d. Those residents whose plans contemplate early evacuation are encouraged to make arrangements for accommodations at their preferred evacuation locations.

Charleston County Emergency Management Department remains under “Normal Operations” readiness condition, is monitoring storm development and is providing periodic updates to the Town. It is not expected that the Town will change its readiness condition in advance of a change by Charleston County.

Any resident who may require assistance with evacuation or who knows a resident they believe may require assistance with evacuation should contact the Town (843 768 9121) to provide name(s), address and contact information.

-Submitted by the Town of Seabrook Island

Seabrook Traffic on Labor Day Weekend

As we all know, traffic can get congested at the gate as visitors come to spend their Labor Day holiday on Seabrook Island.

Gate House May 2019Past history indicates that people will start arriving on the Friday before Labor Day, August 30, and arrivals will peak on Saturday, August 31, between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

To alleviate some congestion at the gate, SIPOA Security will once again implement the new traffic pattern for visitors on high volume days as the traffic demands increase.

Officers stationed at Landfall Way will direct some visitor vehicles to turn right onto Landfall Way and pick up a pass at the SIPOA Administration office. They will then be directed to return to the gate where officers will open the gate for those vehicles that already have passes. Additional officers will be on duty to facilitate this new procedure which is also intended to ease the bottleneck at Landfall Way.

Gate Pass 3 May 2019If you are expecting personal or rental guests, please expedite their arrival by using the FastAccess system. FastAccess is a GateAccess function (online and on the ABDi GateAccess app for mobile devices) which enables a property owner to transmit gate-pass vouchers to guests in advance of their arrival. This system generates a Quick Response (QR) code that you can email or text to your guest.  The guest can present the QR code (on paper or on their phone) to the officer and the guest pass is generated automatically. For more information on how to set up the app, click here.

All rental management companies are already required to use this system which reduces the processing time by more than 50%. FastAccess passes will be a requirement for all owner-managed rentals in the near future. If you have questions on how to use the system or the ABDi GateAccess app, please contact the SIPOA Administration Office or check the SIPOA weekly eblast.

Remember: Be prepared. Be patient.

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