Tip - consider taking screenshots of important information so you can access to it if you lose power.
Although I will do my best to pass along relevant and accurate information, be sure to follow local/national media and local government too. They are professionals and will have the best possible information.
- 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"
- Matthew is currently a Category 2 Hurricane
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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.