September 10, 2018
Hurricane Florence Update #3
Today the Town participated in a conference call with Charleston County Emergency Management Department and regional counterparts to discuss Hurricane Florence. The National Weather Service forecasters indicate that although the track has shifted north, additional models show that South Carolina is still in the cone of uncertainty. South Carolina is expected to experience heavy rainfall, tropical storm force winds and storm surge beginning Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a coastal flood advisory from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. this evening.
Governor Henry McMaster will hold a media briefing with state emergency response officials today, Monday, September 10 at 2:30 PM. The Governor will update the public on Hurricane Florence’s potential impact on South Carolina. If the evacuation order is issued, it could take effect as soon as 12:00 p.m. tomorrow. The Town is participating in a 2nd conference call this afternoon where we expect to have more information.
Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency and along with the S.C. Emergency Management Division has urged South Carolinians to prepare for the possibility of Hurricane Florence impacting the state.
The Town and Community Association are preparing to respond in whatever capacity the event demands. We will continue to communicate necessary storm information to our residents.
- Town and KICA offices will remain open until further notice.
- The Island is still open for commercial access.
- KICA pond and lake systems have been set to max drainage in anticipation of heavy rain and potential flooding.
Residents should prepare now for the possibility of evacuation to include:
- Making hotel reservations or plans to evacuate to a friend or relative
- Obtaining gasoline for automobiles and generators
- Securing personal property either by your own means or by calling property managers.
- Reviewing personal safety plans and evacuation routes
- If you have special needs regarding medical assistance, contact the Disabilities Resource Center at (843) 225-5080.
- Charleston County has activated the Citizen Information Line at 843-746-3900
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.
- One benefit to early evacuation (leaving before the evacuation order,) is that you may choose your own route. After an evacuation order, residents will be required to take the official evacuation route.
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. You can expect updates via our website, email notifications or social media.