September 10, 2018
Hurricane Florence Update #4 – Evacuation Order Issued
Today at 2:30 p.m., Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all coastal communities including Kiawah beginning tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. I-26 lane reversals will begin tomorrow Tuesday, September 11 at 12:00 p.m. A mandatory medical evacuation for hospitals and nursing homes is already in effect.
Florence is currently a powerful Category 4 hurricane with wind speeds of 130 mph. Most of South Carolina’s coast is in Florence’s cone of uncertainty. It has not been determined what category Florence will be at landfall or where landfall will be. South Carolina can expect to begin seeing the effects of Florence beginning Thursday.
According to weather and county emergency agencies, our area is expected to receive heavy rainfall, storm surge, with the possibility of tropical storm force winds, flooding and possible tornado threats. There will be strong rip currents and high surf along the Atlantic Ocean. As always with severe weather, power outages could occur.
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 of early evacuation is that you may choose your own route. After the evacuation order is in effect, residents will be required to take the official evacuation route.
- Town offices will be closed beginning tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.
- Trash collection is suspended for the rest of the week. Tentatively trash service will resume on Monday. Please make sure your cans are pulled in and secure.
- The Station will be open through mid-afternoon Thursday after which the gas pumps will be left on for credit purchases as long as there is power to the island. Pumps will be filled each day as long as they can get out to the Station.
- KICA pond and lake systems have been set to max drainage in anticipation of heavy rain and potential flooding.
- If conditions are severe, power and water systems could be shut down.
- For Freshfields Village, operation updates visit www.freshfieldsvillage.com/village-hours
- Residents will not be allowed back into the Town until deemed safe for reentry and authorized by the Mayor. We will release that information via our website (www.kiawahisland.org), email notifications, social media and CodeRED.
- Emergency teams will be evaluating through the duration of the event.
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.
If you are not signed up for the Town’s CodeRED Emergency Notification system please register here
Other helpful links:
National Weather Service www.weather.gov
- Kiawah Island Community Association http://kica.us/
- Live 5 news www.live5news.com/weather
- ABC News 4 www.abcnews4.com
- Post and Courier www.postandcourier.com
- Pet Friendly Hotels www.pet-friendly-hotels.net
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