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NEWS RELEASE #7 Evacuate Now 

News Release #7—Evacuate Now

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The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1 on Friday, October 7th.    There is a Hurricane Warning for James Island.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the Town of James Island.

The storm surge on James Island is expected to be worse than it was for Hugo.  

Residents are urged to follow Governor Haley’s order to evacuate James Island.  The lane reversal on I-26 is scheduled to end this morning, Friday, October 7th.  

The Town of James Island Municipal Operations Center (MEOC) is in Greenwood, South Carolina.   Town Hall is closed.

Residents may reach the MEOC by calling the Town phone number 843-795-4141. 

For emergencies, call 911.  

The James Island PSD Fire Department is on the Island.   James Island incident commander,  Chief Seabolt, reports that it is quiet on the Island now.   Emergency vehicles will not be able to answer calls after winds reach approximately 45 mph until after the storm passes.   The JIPSD is preparing to begin clearing roads as soon as the storm passes.

Law enforcement has stepped up patrols and officers remain on the Island.  

The bridges to James Island remain open.    Law enforcement will close them when high winds make them too dangerous.   At this time, there is no specific timeline to prevent access to James Island.  Access from James Island to Folly Beach is currently limited to residents and business owners.

The evacuation route from James Island

Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.

Take US 17 South to I-526 east to I-26

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan has been activated.   Buses will go to the Emergency Pickup Points from 8 am to 8 pm and take those who need transportation and shelter to Emergency Shelters here in the Lowcountry

Emergency Transportation Pickup Points on James Island

Fast Point Food Store - 1029 Harbor View Road (Harbor View Road at Quail Drive)

Wal-Mart—1231 Folly Road and Griffith Road

Folly Beach Shopping Center - 907 Folly Road (Camp Road and Folly Road)

Harris Teeter - 1739 Maybank Highway and Folly Road

Hot Wheels - 1523 Folly Road

Camp Center - 1238 Camp Road

Harris Teeter - 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legare Road

Harris Teeter - 675 Folly Road

Murray Elementary School - 691 Riverland Drive

James Island High School - 1000 Ft. Johnson Road

Hideaway Pizza Kitchen - 608AHarborview & Clearview, near Ft. Johnson

Shelters

Charleston County announces the following shelters have opened:

North Charleston High School, 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

A.C. Corcoran Elementary, 8585 Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Midland Park Primary, 2415 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406

Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456

Edmund A. Burns Elementary, 3750 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Pet / Pet Owner Shelter)

Items to bring if you locating 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

 

Sandbags

   Please do not dig holes in the Town Parks.

Forecast

FORECAST:

Hurricane Matthew poses a significant threat to the region. Matthew is expected to track just off the GA and SC coasts tonight into Saturday. Confidence is increasing that the center of Matthew will follow a track about 30 to 50 miles from the GA and SC coasts. As of 0800, the storm is approximately 420 miles

south/southeast of Charleston and is a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 107 mph. Storm surge is expected to be 4-8 feet with severe inundation. Significant damage to coastal structures is likely. Barrier islands such as Huntington, Edisto, Folly, Sullivan’s, and Isle of Palms are in danger of

severe flooding. High wind speeds will likely result in extensive tree damage and power outages. Rainfall combined with high tides will result in serious flooding issues, especially in peninsular Charleston. The worst impacts will occur during the day on Saturday. Sunday should have less wind and rain.

FRIDAY TIDES:

High – 12:47pm 5.5’

Low – 6:16 pm 1.1’

SATURDAY TIDES:

High – 12:57am 4.9’

Low – 7:04 am 1.2’

High – 1:39 pm 5.5’

Low – 8:04 am 1.4’

CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS AND/OR ADVISORIES:

Hurricane Warning for ALL coastal counties and for adjacent coastal waters including Charleston Harbor Tropical Storm Warning for all other land zones Flash Flood Watch for all land zones

EXPECTED IMPACTS (INCLUDES TIMING AND LOCATION)

STORM SURGE: Reasonable worst case values of 4-8’ inundation are possible and the southeast South Carolina coast should be prepared for this potential should the hurricane remain closer to the coast.

WINDS: Gusts at/above hurricane force possible mainly close to the coast. Tropical storm force winds/gusts will possibly extend much further inland and could persist for 18-24 hours at any given location late Friday and into Saturday with the worst effects Saturday.  Extensive tree damage and significant power outages will be possible within any areas that receive hurricane force wind gusts (74 mph+).

HEAVY RAIN: Flash flood watch all areas. Rainfall totals 8 to 14” with potentially higher amounts locally.

MARINE: Probability for hurricane conditions increasing, with seas possibly building to 15-20 feet near shore, and 20- 30 feet beyond 20 nm offshore. Dangerous conditions for all vessels, even larger ships.

TORNADOES: Isolated, brief tornadoes possible near the coast.

POTENTIAL TIMING OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS

POTENTIAL ONSET TIME: By midday across SE GA, then spreading across SE SC this afternoon.

POTENTIAL ENDING TIME: Late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening. Significant improvement Sunday.

Other important information: 2016 Charleston County Hurricane Guide:http://bit.ly/Hurricaneguide2016 Charleston

County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for theCharleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and email notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login

High Wind and Bridge Policy:

www.charlestoncounty.org/deparments/emergencymanagement/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf

Definition of OPCON levels:

www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement.opcon.php

The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at

www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to those documents.

Here are some important numbers or websites you need to know. Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines: SCE&G- 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: SCE&G -1-899-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200.

Here are other important links with helpful information :

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/ FEMA:https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

Posted by Bill Friday, October 7, 2016 10:49:00 AM

NEWS RELEASE #6 Hurricane Warning for James Island 

News Release #6—Hurricane Warning for James Island

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The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1 today, Thursday, October 6th.    There is a Hurricane Warning  for James Island.

Mayor Woolsey declared a state of emergency at 4:00 PM yesterday, Wednesday October 5th.

Mayor Woolsey stated, “Please follow Governor Haley’s order to evacuate James Island.   The weather will begin to turn on Friday, October 7th so the time to leave is today.”

The Town of James Island Municipal Operations Center (MEOC) evacuated to Greenwood, South Carolina yesterday, Wednesday, October 5th.   Town Hall is closed.

The bridges to James Island remain open.    Law enforcement will close them when high winds make them too dangerous probably late Friday or early Saturday.   At this time, there is no specific timeline to prevent access to James Island.  Access from James Island to Folly Beach is currently limited to residents and business owners.

The evacuation route from James Island

Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.

Take US 17 South to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan has been activated.   Buses will go to the Emergency Pickup Points from 8 am to 8 pm and take those who need transportation and shelter to Emergency Shelters here in the Lowcountry

Emergency Transportation Pickup Points on James Island

Fast Point Food Store - 1029 Harbor View Road (Harbor View Road at Quail Drive)

Wal-Mart—1231 Folly Road and Griffith Road

Folly Beach Shopping Center - 907 Folly Road (Camp Road and Folly Road)

Harris Teeter - 1739 Maybank Highway and Folly Road

Hot Wheels - 1523 Folly Road

Camp Center - 1238 Camp Road

Harris Teeter - 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legare Road

Harris Teeter - 675 Folly Road

Murray Elementary School - 691 Riverland Drive

James Island High School - 1000 Ft. Johnson Road

Hideaway Pizza Kitchen - 608AHarborview & Clearview, near Ft. Johnson

Those residents with special medical needs please call 843-953-0070 to contact a DHEC representative.

Shelters

The following shelters have opened:

North Charleston High School, 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418

A.C. Corcoran Elementary, 8585 Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406

Midland Park Primary, 2415 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406

Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456

Edmund A. Burns Elementary, 3750 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Pet / Pet Owner Shelter)

Sandbags

The Town of James Island and the City of Charleston’s cooperative effort to provide sand and bags on James Island has ended.   There are no more available.   Please do not dig holes in the Town Parks.

Forecast

Hurricane Matthew poses a significant threat to the region. There is also moderate confidence that Matthew will be a Category 2 or 3 hurricane as it passes the GA and SC coasts. Specific impacts remain uncertain as minor deviations in the track of Hurricane Matthew will alter these impacts. The storm is expected to make a sharp right turn as it nears the Myrtle Beach area.

FRIDAY TIDES:

High – 12:26am 5.1’

Low – 6:23am 1.2’

High – 1:04pm 5.6’

Low – 7:18pm 1.4’

CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS AND/OR ADVISORIES (updated) South Carolina: Hurricane Watch for ALL coastal counties and Hurricane Watch ALL Marine areas including Charleston Harbor

EXPECTED IMPACTS (INCLUDES TIMING AND LOCATION)

STORM SURGE: Reasonable worst case values of 4-8’ inundation are possible and the southeast South Carolina coast should be prepared for this potential should the hurricane remain closer to the coast.

WINDS: Gusts at/above hurricane force possible mainly close to the coast. Tropical storm force winds/gusts will possibly extend much further inland and could persist for 18-24 hours at any given location late Friday and into Saturday with the worst effects Saturday.

Extensive tree damage and significant power outages will be possible within any areas that receive hurricane force wind gusts (74 mph+).

HEAVY RAIN: Rainfall totals 8 to 14” with potentially higher amounts locally.

MARINE: Probability for hurricane conditions increasing, with seas possibly building to 15-20 feet near shore, and 20- 30 feet beyond 20 nm offshore. Dangerous conditions for all vessels, even larger ships.

TORNADOES: No significant threat anticipated if the center of the system remains offshore as expected.

POTENTIAL TIMING OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS POTENTIAL

ONSET TIME: Friday evening.

POTENTIAL ENDING TIME: Saturday evening with improvement Sunday.

 

Other important information: 2016 Charleston County Hurricane Guide:http://bit.ly/Hurricaneguide2016 Charleston

 

County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for theCharleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and email notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login

High Wind and Bridge Policy:

www.charlestoncounty.org/deparments/emergencymanagement/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf

Definition of OPCON levels:

www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement.opcon.php

The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at

www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to those documents.

Here are some important numbers or websites you need to know.

Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines: SCE&G- 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: SCE&G -1-899-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200.

Here are other important links with helpful information :

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/ FEMA:https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

Posted by Bill Thursday, October 6, 2016 4:45:00 PM

News Release #5: TOJI Moves to OPCON 1 

TOJI Moves to OPCON 1

NEWS RELEASE #5 TOJI at OPCON 1 Hurricane Matthew 

 

The Town of James Island has moved to OPCON 1 following the Governor’s announcement to evacuate Charleston and Beaufort Counties by no later than 3 pm today. Hurricane Matthew is expected to be a category 2 or 3 hurricane when it reaches James Island later this week.

The evacuation route for James Island is:

Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.
Take US 17 South to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26

 

Charleston County announces the following shelters have opened:

 

  • North Charleston High School, 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
  • Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
  • A.C. Corcoran Elementary, 8585 Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406
  • Midland Park Primary, 2415 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
  • Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456
  • Edmund A. Burns Elementary, 3750 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Pet / Pet Owner Shelter)

 

 

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan has been activated.   Buses will go to the Emergency Pickup Points and take those who need transportation and shelter to Emergency Shelters here in the Lowcountry

Emergency Transportation Pickup Points on James Island

Fast Point Food Store - 1029 Harbor View Road (Harbor View Road at Quail Drive)

Wal-Mart—1231 Folly Road and Griffith Road

Folly Beach Shopping Center - 907 Folly Road (Camp Road and Folly Road)

Harris Teeter - 1739 Maybank Highway and Folly Road

Hot Wheels - 1523 Folly Road

Camp Center - 1238 Camp Road

Harris Teeter - 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legare Road

Harris Teeter - 675 Folly Road

Murray Elementary School - 691 Riverland Drive

James Island High School - 1000 Ft. Johnson Road

Hideaway Pizza Kitchen - 608AHarborview & Clearview, near Ft. Johnson

 

Those residents with special medical needs please call 843-953-0070 to contact a DHEC representative.

 

Other important information: 2016 Charleston County Hurricane Guide:http://bit.ly/Hurricaneguide2016 Charleston

County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for theCharleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and e-mail notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login

High Wind and Bridge Policy:http://www.charlestoncounty.org/deparments/emergencymanagement/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf

Definition of OPCON levels:http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement.opcon.php

The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at
www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to those documents.

Here are some important numbers or websites you need to know. Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines: SCE&G- 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: SCE&G -1-899-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200.

Here are other important links with helpful information :

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/ FEMA:https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

 

Posted by Ashley Wednesday, October 5, 2016 3:31:00 PM

NEWS RELEASE # 4 - TOJI MOVES T0 OPCON 2 IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW  

NEWS RELEASE -- TOJI MOVES TO OPCON 2 IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW

RELEASE #4

 

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The Town of James Island is currently operating at OPCON 2 in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew is expected to be a category 2 or 3 hurricane when it reaches James Island later this week. Governor Haley is expected to issue an evacuation order for the Charleston area today, Wednesday, October 5th at 3:00 p.m.

After the evacuation order at 3:00 p.m., the evacuation route for James Island will be:
Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.
Take US 17 South to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26

 

If you leave before 3:00, you may choose your own route.

Gasoline is available on James Island. While gas stations are sometimes running out, new supplies continue to arrive in the Lowcountry.

Sand and sandbags are now available at Dock Street Park at 1433 Patterson Avenue. The Town has ordered more sand and sand bags for Pinckney Park at 461 Fort Johnson Road. Please watch for further updates on sand and sandbag supplies.

Other important information: 2016 Charleston County Hurricane Guide: http://bit.ly/Hurricaneguide2016 Charleston

County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for the Charleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and e-mail notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login

High Wind and Bridge Policy: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/deparments/emergencymanagement/files/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf

Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergencymanagement.opcon.php

The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at
www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to those documents.

Here are some important numbers or websites you need to know. Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines: SCE&G- 1-888-333-4465 Gas Leaks: SCE&G -1-899-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200.

Here are other important links with helpful information :

South Carolina Emergency Management Division: http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/ FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

Posted by Frances Wednesday, October 5, 2016 11:01:00 AM

TOJI MOVES TO OPCON 3 IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW - EARLY EVACUATION 

NEWS RELEASE – TOJI MOVES TO OPCON 3 IN PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW – EARLY VOLUNTARY EVACUATION  

                                                                                      RELEASE #3

The Town of James Island is moving to OPCON 3 today at 5 pm in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. Hurricane Matthew is expected to impact the South Carolina coastline as a category 2 or 3 hurricane. The Governor will be issuing a MANDATORY evacuation at 3 pm tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th. Medical evacuations are already underway. The Town urges you to evacuate early. Once the mandatory evacuation order has been given, you will have to follow the evacuation route. If you leave early, you can evacuate on the route of your choice. “I urge residents to make plans today on evacuating and not waiting until this mandatory order is issued”, says Mayor Woolsey. For James Island, the following Evacuation Route will be in place:

James Island and Folly Beach – take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.

Take US 17 South to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26

Residents need to prepare their homes and families now. The Town has made sand and bags available for all James Island residents to fill at Pinckney Park, located at 461 Fort Johnson Road. The City of Charleston has also made sand and bags available at the Town’s Dock Street Park located at 1433 Patterson Avenue. Please bring your own shovels and limit to 15 per household.

Town offices will be closed to regular business tomorrow, Wednesday October 5th. Charleston County schools will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5th.

The Town will continue to monitor Hurricane Matthew and send out regular updates as information becomes available.

Other important information:

  • Charleston County Citizen Alert System: Charleston County residents should register for the Charleston County Citizen Alert System, a free program that allows the public to receive voicemail, text message, and e-mail notifications about emergency situations. Register online at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login

 

The Charleston County Emergency Management Department developed and maintains an Emergency Operations Plan and Re-Entry Plan for the entire County. Please visit their website at www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management for more information and links to these documents.

In case of an event, here are some important numbers or websites you need to know.

Downed Trees: Call 911

Downed Power lines: SCE&G - 1-888-333-4465

Gas Leaks: SCE&G - 1-800-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch  - 743-7200

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division  http://www.scemd.org/

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness http://www.ready.gov/

FEMA https://www.fema.gov/

National Weather Service Charleston Office http://www.weather.gov/chs/

Pet Friendly Hotels http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/

 

Posted by Frances Tuesday, October 4, 2016 4:07:00 PM
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