September 04, 2019
Hurricane Dorian Update #7
Following a conference call with Emergency Management officials to discuss Hurricane Dorian, the most recent information is below:
Hurricane Dorian is a Category 2, currently located 90 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida, and moving toward the north-northwest at 8 mph. The shift in the forecast has brought the track closer to the coast and is expected to track parallel to the South Carolina coast roughly 30 – 50 miles offshore. Charleston County is currently under a hurricane warning and storm surge warning. As Dorian passes offshore, conditions are expected to deteriorate this afternoon, peak overnight and continue through Thursday.
- Predictions include heavy rainfall (6-10”), significant storm surge (4-7 ft.), heavy flooding, sustained wind speeds (40 mph or greater) with hurricane force wind gusts up to 74 mph or greater as well as possible tornado threats.
- Flooding can be expected island wide, including the main arteries of Kiawah Island Parkway and Governor’s Drive, which could prevent access on and off the island and mobility around the island. The predicted timeline indicates the heaviest rainfall will occur tonight which will coincide with high tide (1:25 a.m.).
Residents who did not evacuate:
- If you have not already obtained your supplies to weather the storm, please do so now. Harris Teeter is open until today 4 p.m. Please use caution while driving.
- Take shelter and do not venture out. As always, in an emergency dial 911, do not call the main gate.
- Please be aware, critical public safety services including Fire and EMS at a certain time will withdraw their equipment and personnel from the island.
- The beach is beginning to see treacherous conditions with strong rip currents and high surf. Please stay off the beach and do not enter the water.
- There are two high water vehicles and two humvees on the island from the National Guard to assist the Fire Department, if necessary, in areas which have been historically impacted by flood waters and storm surge.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down. If we experience the predicted storm surge, the island can expect a power interruption of some duration.
- Berkeley Electric does not intend to shut down power but that could quickly change overnight tonight and into Thursday. Berkley Electric has indicated that they will be unlikely to provide advance notice if an outage occurs overnight, but if they do the Town will communicate their intent as soon as possible.
- Restricted access to the island is now being controlled by Charleston County Sheriff’s Office at the traffic circle.
- Access to the island is restricted to ONLY emergency personnel and property owners with identification.
- Property owners will be required to show proof of identification. Property owners who are not full-time residents must show a secondary identification with their Kiawah address on it or a Governor’s Club card, KICA amenities card, or Kiawah Island Club card.
Once the storm has passed the Governor has to first lift the evacuation order and then the Mayor has to announce island re-entry date and time. Reentry will not be permitted until after damage assessment is complete. Remember after Matthew reentry was not allowed for 48 hours. Residents should plan on a similar situation if conditions are similar to Matthew.
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.
- Ponds and lakes are at max drainage in anticipation of heavy rain and potential flooding.
- Damage assessment and debris clean up teams are ready to respond as needed.
- The Station has gasoline supply. While the store is closed, residents will be able to use gas pumps with credit card access as long as there is power.
- The Kestrel Court Recycling Center household trash dumpsters are fully operational; however, the recycling container is full. Household trash and recycling dumpsters at Beachwalker Center (KICA offices 23 Beachwalker) are operational.
- All trash collections are suspended until further notice. Please make sure your cans are pulled in and secure.
- The Island is now closed to commercial access.
- All Town meetings scheduled for this week have been canceled and Town offices will be closed until further notice.
- The Sandcastle is closed until further notice. All regularly scheduled classes and meetings are canceled.
- KIGR is closed.
- For information on Freshfields Village tenant hours/closures click here
- Lane reversals of I-26 from Charleston to Columbia are still in effect until 2 p.m. Currently deputies are using their discretion based on traffic flow however, there is an official evacuation route which may be enforced if traffic becomes heavier.
- The Charleston Airport is closing today 3 p.m. Please beware the airport is inaccessible off of I-26 but is accessible via I-526.
- Starting today, Charleston County downtown garages at Cumberland and at King and Queen Street will be available for free parking to citizens who live in flood prone areas. The garages will be open until further notice.
- Governor McMaster issued an evacuation order that began at noon September 2. The evacuation order does not mean property owners will be forced to leave their property; however, the Town strongly encourages residents to comply.
- Charleston County has activated the Citizen Information Line at 843-746-3900.
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- All schools and state government offices in Charleston County will be closed until further notice.
Official Evacuation Route:
- Evacuation Zones Kiawah/Seabrook Island is in ZONE A
- Evacuation Route: Bohicket/Main Rd. to US 17. US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North Augusta
- National Weather Service
- South Carolina Emergency Management Division
- SCDOT live road conditions
- Kiawah Island Community Association
- Live 5 News
- ABC News 4
- Post and Courier
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.