October 10, 2018
Hurricane Michael Update #2
The Town, Community Association and Charleston County Emergency Management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Michael as it makes landfall along the Florida Panhandle Coast as a Category 4. Michael is expected to move across southeast Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday gradually weakening to a tropical storm.
Charleston County is currently under a tropical storm warning. Beginning tonight through Thursday evening, we are expected to experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rain bands, significant risks of isolated tornadoes, potential flooding, and dangerous surf conditions. Specifically, our area can expect 1-2 inches of rain, sustained winds of 20-40 mph; wind gusts up to 45 mph resulting in downed trees and large debris.
Residents should prepare their property and secure any items that could become airborne.
Please be aware:
- there are significant risks of tornadoes with this storm.
- there could be power outages and restricted access on bridges if wind conditions warrant. More information on high wind bridge procedures can be found here
- Town offices will be closed tomorrow and will reopen on Friday.
- Thursday yard debris collection has been moved to Friday.
- KICA security will maintain 24 hour/day operations.
- KICA offices and the Sandcastle will be closed tomorrow.
- Commercial traffic will be restricted on Thursday. No routine construction activity or maintenance, including landscaping will be permitted. Contractors assisting with storm response or emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis. Deliveries and other commercial activity supporting ongoing operations at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Kiawah Island Club will be coordinated with those entities.
- High surf and rip current advisories are in effect through Thursday evening.
- Since Kiawah is expecting King Tides today and Thursday, tide levels will be above average. Tide Information: Wednesday High Tide: 9:58 p.m. – 6.63 ft. Thursday High Tide: 10:33 a.m. – 7 ft and 10:43 p.m. – 6.3 ft.
- For Freshfields Village store operations click here
- KICA has deployed water depth markers in areas prone to flooding.
- KICA has set its drainage system to reduce pond levels.
- Charleston County Citizen’s Information line (843-746-3900) has been activated and will operate today until 8:00 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Bees Ferry Landfill will be closed tomorrow.