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cukpb_wuiaazxbx-jpg-largeLast updated on 10/7/16 at 10:57 pm.

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WARNINGS/WATCHES

  • Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, and Jasper counties are under a Tornado Watch until midnight
  • Entire SC Coast is under a Hurricane Warning
  • Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 1:45 am
  • Beaufort and Jasper Counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 5:45 am
  • Tropical Storm Warning: Williamsburg County

THE LATEST INFORMATION

  • The most up-to-date storm tracker from the National Hurricane Center can be found here.
    • Matthew is currently a Category 2 Hurricane
      • It’s expected to be a Category 1 or 2 when it reaches South Carolina
      • Wind: Tropical storm force likely, but hurricane force gusts possible
      • Expected rainfall: 8-14″
      • Possible Storm Surge: 4-8′ above ground
      • Biggest impact is expected to be from Friday PM until Saturday AM
        • The latest estimates have the hurricane’s eye passing just off the coast of Charleston at 8 am on Saturday
        • SCEMD: “Life threatening storm surge (over 8 feet) expected on SC coast.”
        • ABC News 4’s Erin Kienzle: “Hurricane force winds could spread as far inland as Dorchester County”
  • Click here for open Shelter locations and addresses.
  • Click here for updates from South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
    • Get critical info from SCEMD via Twitter alerts – click here for more details
  • Click here for updates from Charleston County Government.
  • Tune to the following radio stations for messages from the Emergency Alert System:
    • WIWF- Nash FM 96.9
    • WEZL – 103.5
    • WSCI – 89.3
    • WXST- Star 99.7
    • WAVF- Chuck 101.7
    • WMXF- Mix 95.9
    • WCKN- Kickin’ 92.5

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

  • Call 9-1-1 for real emergencies only
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division: 1-866-246-0133
  • S.C. Department of Transportation: 1-888-877-9151
  • Charleston City Police Non-Emergency Line: 843-577-7434
  • Charleston County Citizen’s Information Hotline: 843-746-3900
  • Charleston County Emergency Management Department: 843-746-3800
  • Charleston County Special Medical Needs: 843-953-0077
  • Charleston Water System: 843-727-6800
  • Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Department: 843-719-4800, 843-719-4166, or 843-719-4047
  • Berkeley County Water and Sanitation: 843-572-4400
  • Dorchester County Citizen’s Information Hotline: 843-832-0393
  • Dorchester County Emergency Services Department: 843-832-0341
  • Dorchester County Water and Sewer Department: 843-832-0075 or 843-563-0075
  • Mt. Pleasant Non-Emergency Police Line: 843-743-7200
  • Santee Cooper (to report a power outage): 1-888-769-7688
  • SCE&G (for power outages and downed/damaged power lines): 1-888-333-4465
  • SCE&G (for gas leaks): 1-800-815-0083

CURFEWS

  • Beaufort County: 7 pm to 7 am
  • Berkeley County: Midnight to 6 am
  • Charleston: Midnight to 6 am
  • Colleton County: 11 pm to 7 am
  • Dorchester County: Starts at 6 pm. Ends when “all clear” is given
  • Mount Pleasant: Midnight – 6 am
  • North Charleston: Midnight – 6 am
  • James Island: Midnight – 6 am
  • Summerville: Starts at 6 pm. Ends when “all clear” is given
  • Williamsburg County: from 8 pm – 8 am

TIPS FOR YOUR HOME

  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

 

SHELTERS

  • Click here for Open Shelter locations and addresses
  • Items to bring if you are relocating to a shelter:
    • Prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items.
    • It’s also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs

BRIDGES

  • Authorities: Bridges will not be closed, but when winds become unsafe for travel, the bridges will no longer be patrolled and you will be crossing at your own risk.
  • The Mount Pleasant Police Department provided this info on Bridge Procedures in High Winds:
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PARKING GARAGES

  • All City of Charleston parking garage locations will be open to the public to park their cars through the storm for free.
  • Gates are open through 8 am on Monday, October 10th.
  • These facilities will not be staffed during the storm.
  • Elevators will not be operational.
  • Do not park on the ground level or the top deck.
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