September 04, 2019
A Message to Kiawah Residents and Property Owners from Mayor Weaver
By now you have probably watched or listened to more than your share of forecasts predicting the path and impact of Hurricane Dorian. We have worked hard with KICA and other entities to not only prepare for the storm, but to share with you what we know. Many residents have already left Kiawah, a few have decided not to leave, and others are still evaluating the situation. If you are in that latter group, following is some additional information that you will find useful.
I have attached a link to the current National Weather Service overview for our area. We are under a hurricane warning and we are expected to experience – beginning possibly as early as tomorrow evening – a 4 to 7 foot storm surge, heavy rain, and tropical force winds. That combination, if it develops as predicted, means our island will at best not be a comfortable place to be for the next several days, and at worst could be dangerous. You should assume that you will experience street flooding, flooding of some properties and limited or no mobility around and off of the island.
If we experience the predicted storm surge, which is greater than any of the storms in the past several years, we should also expect a power interruption of some duration. If that occurs overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, BEC has indicated that they will be unlikely to provide advance notice to their customers.
I encourage you to review the predictions for this storm. As the storm has progressed, the Weather Service has become firmer in their assessment, and their predictions for storm surge and wind speed exceed either Matthew or Irma. Our emergency preparations are in place and the Town, KICA, public safety providers and utilities are coordinating to deal with whatever effects this storm brings. We will continue to provide regular updates, so you know what is occurring whether you are off-island or on.
Please look for our regular updates and stay safe.
Craig Weaver, Mayor