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14573018_1178863212179157_2560530248722441336_nLast updated on 10/8/16 at 12:36 pm.

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WARNINGS/WATCHES

  • If you did not evacuate, you should shelter in place
  • Hurricane Warning remains in effect until Matthew is gone
  • Flood Warning until 4:30 pm: Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, and Colleton Counties
  • Charleston County has deemed bridges not safe for travel due to high winds
    • At the direction of the SCDOT, the Mount Pleasant and Charleston Police Departments have closed the Ravenel Bridge
      • There is no estimated re-opening time
  • At this time, many emergency response teams (fire, police, etc.) have suspended their services due to the current conditions.
  • There is no access to Folly Beach. Residents won’t be allowed back until tomorrow morning (at the earliest).
  • There is also no access to Kiawah or Seabrook Islands

THE LATEST INFORMATION

  • The most up-to-date storm tracker from the National Hurricane Center can be found here.
    • Matthew is currently a Category 1 Hurricane
      • It made landfall southeast of McClellanville in Charleston County just after 11 am
      • Winds and flooding will be the biggest concerns over the next few hours
      • Wind: Gusts of 80-100 MPH are possible for beaches and downtown Charleston through 10 am
      • Expected rainfall: 8-14″
        • SCDNR: 6-12 inches of rain has  fallen
      • Possible Storm Surge: 4-8′ above ground
        • SCEMD: “Life threatening storm surge (over 8 feet) expected on SC coast.”
      • SCDNR: Wind should fall below tropical storm strength by 1 pmat Beaufort, 6 PM at Charleston
        • Rains should taper off and cease by midnight.
  • 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

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

  • Charleston County has deemed bridges not safe for travel due to high winds.
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