Hurricane Ian Advisory #6
September 30, 2022 – 3:00 pm
Hurricane Ian made landfall this afternoon as a Category 1 storm near Georgetown, SC, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. The area remains under a HURRICANE WARNING and FLASH FLOOD WARNING.
Per National Weather Service Charleston, gusts of more than 70 mph have been recorded in Charleston Harbor. Based on the storm’s track as it approached the coast, the offshore wind direction reduced the threat of major flooding in our area; however, there are still many road closures, downed trees, and scattered power outages throughout the county. Tropical storm force winds and heavy rains are forecast to continue in the Charleston Tri-County area for the remainder of this afternoon and are expected to decrease after 6:00 pm today. There are no significant weather concerns for Saturday.
St. John’s Fire District reports that several trees have been downed across their service area. Most roadways have been cleared, but River Road is currently closed at Burden Creek Road due to a very large tree down across the road. SCDOT has been made aware of the issue, but SJFD is uncertain on the time frame for clearing. Parts of Johns Island remain without power/internet.
Charleston County’s emergency status remains at OPCON 1 (Disaster Imminent or Occurring / Full Emergency Response Operations), and all county offices are closed today. The county’s citizen information line is available for non-emergency calls between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at (843) 746-3900. For shelter locations, please contact the county’s citizen information line or visit the county website at www.charlestoncounty.org.
The Town of Seabrook Island is currently at OPCON 2 (Enhanced Readiness / Disaster Impacts Likely). Town offices remain closed today and all beach patrol services have been suspended. Officials from the town will conduct a damage assessment at 10:00 am on Saturday. Residents are encouraged to report structural damage, downed trees, and areas of localized flooding. Damage reports may be sent via email to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and photos (if available).
Residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to monitor local media outlets for updates on Hurricane Ian. Forecasts are also updated regularly on the National Hurricane Center website at www.hurricanes.gov.
Until conditions begin improving later this evening, individuals are encouraged to heed the following recommendations:
- Be prepared for the possible loss of power
- Shelter in place and avoid unnecessary travel
- Do not walk or drive through water
- Be advised that bridges on and off Johns Island and throughout the county may be deemed unsafe for travel due to high winds
- Call 911 in the event of an emergency; however, be advised that police, fire, and EMS resources may be limited and/or relocated during high winds and/or flooding
The next Town advisory is anticipated to be distributed on the afternoon of Saturday, October 1, unless conditions warrant an earlier update.
Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.
Official updates from the town will be posted on the following town channels, as warranted:
Sign up for the Town’s emergency notification system CodeRED. If you are unsure if you are registered, you can re-register without receiving duplicate notices. Be sure to opt-in for severe weather warning alerts. Click here to register.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Emergency calls to 911 should be reserved for life-threatening situations, or for the reporting of a crime or fire. Do NOT call 911 if you have water in your home unless your life is in danger. Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Power outages should be reported directly to Berkeley Electric Cooperative.
-Submitted by Joseph M. Cronin, Town Administrator, Town of Seabrook Island