Last update: 9/14/18 at 7:56 pm
Although we've gotten some good news over the last couple days, the Charleston area will still see plenty of inclement weather this weekend. Florence has weakened to a tropical storm, but she'll still be bringing rain and strong winds to the Holy City. The biggest concern is flooding, but we are certainly better off than our neighbors to the north.
This guide should help you before, during, and after the poor weather:
- Pay attention to local media and the National Weather service for the most accurate forecast updates
- While you have power, keep phones on chargers and keep battery backups charged as well.
- Stay up-to-date on the latest news and information through these official channels:
Charleston County Government
Information line: 843-746-3900
City of Charleston
- Information line: 843-724-7311
- Berkeley County Government
- Dorchester County Government
- FEMA has launched the Hurricane Florence Rumor Control page
- Check GasBuddy for updates on fuel outages, fuel prices, and station closures
- Many are now full, but the city of Charleston is offering free parking in city garages through the duration of the storm
- Folly is under a curfew from 9 pm to 7 am until further notice.
- Additional hurricane preparedness information can be found at www.scemd.org.
- In Charleston, you can connect to 9-1-1 by calling, texting, or going online. You're asked to "CALL if you can, TEXT if you can't, CONNECT if you must at http://911HelpMe.com"
- Citizens can report damage using the Charleston County Damage Assessment website.
- You can report power outages here:
- SCE&G: If the power goes out, turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment, or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.
- Do not touch downed or sparking power lines and keep everyone away. Report downed power lines by calling 1-888-333-4465.
- You can keep up with Charleston road closures here
- Remember - "Turn around, don't drown!" Don't drive through flood waters!
- SCEMD: "Most deaths are the result of drownings. Don't gamble with your life by walking or driving through flood waters."
- If winds are strong enough, bridge travel may be discouraged. You can learn about Charleston County's High Wind Bridge Procedure here
- If you need something during the storm, click here to see what's open.
- Lowcountry Local First has published a list of resources that are here to help you get back on track post-storm.
- Charleston International Airport hopes to reopen on Sunday at 6 am. You can get updates here.
- You can volunteer and donate to help South Carolinians in need of disaster assistance here
- GoFundMe: How to Immediately Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Florence