HURRICANE DORIAN NEWS RELEASE #11, SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 


 

The Evacuation Order has been lifted However, please understand many homes are still without power and roads are hazardous due to trees down. Please check here for a list of road closures:   https://gis.charleston-sc.gov/road-closures-regional/map/map.html?emergency=true 

Be patient with power restoration as crews are working around the clock. Please remember to call 1-888-333-4465 to report outages, downed or sparking power lines. Don’t assume they know you’re without power or a line is down. 

Tree permits for work on trees damaged by Hurricane Dorian have been suspended until further notice.  

Damage Assessment Teams from Town Hall and Charleston County are deployed and working today. Residents are also urged to report damages online at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/charlestonSC/citizenRequest.html 

The Debris Removal Contracts with Charleston County have been activated to assist with the clean-up efforts. Please see the following link from the JIPSD on how to separate post storm debris - https://www.jipsd.org/wp-content/uploads/Pre-Post-Storm-Info-for-Website.pdf   

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1 as we work through recovery.   

• The Citizen’s Information Line remains active 843-746-3900  

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234  

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465  

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083  

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465  

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns (Downed Trees) Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200  

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map  

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc   

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/   

Current Charleston County Hurricane Informationhttps://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php  

Definition of OPCON levels:  http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php   

Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                         

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:  

 Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org   

  Updates on Hurricane Dorian will be released and posted to the webpage and social media as new information becomes available. Visit website: Town of James island: www.jamesislandsc.us for latest news releases

Posted by Frances Friday, September 6, 2019 10:46:00 AM Categories: priority

Important Message from Dominion 

An important message from Dominion:

Nearly 206,000 DESC customers were impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Crews in the field began working to restore customers around 3:30pm yesterday, once it was safe to begin that work. As of 9:30pm last night, around 120,000 customers remained without power, the majority of which are in Charleston County. There are more than 2,800 employees, contract crew members, and off-system crews supporting our storm restoration efforts. Crews worked through the night, and they will continue to work around the clock until the last customer is restored.


As we move forward with the restoration process after this significant weather event, we appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to repair their service. We expect to provide county-level estimated times of restoration by mid-morning today.


Current regional outage numbers are as follows:

Berkeley County: 4,397
Charleston County: 88,914
Colleton County: 4,119
Dorchester County: 14,090

Two important reminders:

Report outages – please don’t assume we know you are without power. 
The quickest way to report a power outage is to report it online at dominionenergysc.com/report using a mobile device.
Customers may also report outages by phone at 888-333-4465.
Stay away from downed power lines and report them to 888-333-4465. Assume they are energized and dangerous, and keep family, neighbors and pets a minimum of 30 feet away.

Posted by Ashley Friday, September 6, 2019 8:43:00 AM Categories: priority

Damage Assessment 

When it is safe to venture out and assess your home, residents are urged to report damages online at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/charlestonSC/citizenRequest.html

Posted by Ashley Thursday, September 5, 2019 4:14:00 PM Categories: priority

HURRICANE DORIAN NEWS RELEASE #10, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 

The Governor’s Evacuation Order is still in effect and schools and government offices will remain closed this week until further notice. Mayor Woolsey has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of James Island as the threat of significant impact from Hurricane Dorian remains throughout today. We urge residents to shelter in place and not venture out as the roadways are dangerous with downed trees and power lines. The Evacuation Order has not been lifted yet as residents need to stay off the roads so emergency crews can work to clear roadways of debris and restore power once wind speeds decrease and it's safe for crews to work.  

Be patient with power restoration as crews cannot work to restore power until it is safe to do so – approximately when sustained winds are under 35 mph. Please remember to call 1-888-333-4465 to report downed or sparking power lines.  

Tree permits for work on trees damaged by Hurricane Dorian have been suspended until further notice.  

Damage Assessment Teams are prepping and ready to deploy first thing tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 6th. Residents are urged to report damages online at https://www.crisistrack.com/public/charlestonSC/citizenRequest.html 

The Town of James Island’s MEOC Team is operating out of the Greenwood County EOC. The Operations Team remains at James Island Town Hall to monitor conditions on James Island, however Town Hall is closed for regular business until further notice. Candidates for the 2019 Municipal Election are still able to file at Town Hall until today, Thursday, Sept. 5th at 5 pm.   

The Town of James Island participated in the State Conference call at 9 am this morning as well as the Tri-County Conference call today at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston County. The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1.  

Key Messages  

The worst impacts from dangerous Hurricane Dorian will occur across southeast South Carolina, particularly across our Tri-County region, into this afternoon. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Dorian to advance north then northeast off our coast. The combination of torrential rainfall and storm surge inundation will produce life threatening flash flooding in this area. Also, damaging hurricane winds are expected along the Charleston County coast, hurricane force wind gusts are expected across the rest of the SE SC coast including southern Berkeley County. Tropical storm force winds will continue across the Tropical Storm Warning area. 
  

RAINFALL/FLOODING: Torrential rainfall will combine with storm surge inundation to create life-threatening flash flooding along the SC coast, including downtown Charleston. Rainfall amounts of 7 to 15 inches are expected across the Flash Flood Watch area today, and localized amounts could reach 20 inches in the Charleston Tri-County region. Flooding will create dangerous travel conditions.  

WINDS: Expect strongest, damaging winds expected between Sullivan’s Island and McClellanville along the Charleston County coast. In this area, gusts approaching 100 mph will bring down many trees/power lines, could produce significant structural damage and will lead to power outages. Elsewhere, including James Island, hurricane force wind gusts are expected near our coast, and tropical storm force winds/gusts will continue across the Tropical Storm Warning area. In these areas, expect some damage to trees, which could block some roads, as well as scattered power outages.  

STORM SURGE: Expect life-threatening storm surge flooding along our coast. A reasonable worst case scenario forecasts up to 2 to 4 feet of salt water inundation (water above ground level) as Dorian passes close to James Island into this afternoon.  

MARINE/OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Severe beach erosion and extremely dangerous conditions in the surf zone and over coastal waters will continue today.  

• The Citizen’s Information Line remains active 843-746-3900  

Road Closure Link - https://gis.charleston-sc.gov/road-closures-regional/map/map.html?emergency=true  

Residents are asked to please bring in all garbage cans from the street and secure them. Garbage and Trash operations have suspended until after the storm passes.   

Shelters are used as a last resort and citizens need to bring necessary personal items with them. Transportation to shelters have suspended.  

The following shelters remain open:  

·       Coastal Pre-Release Center (pet friendly shelter) – 3765 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston 29405  

·       Military Magnet Academy - 2950 
Carner Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
  

·       R.B. Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418  

·       Jerry Zucker Middle School - 6401 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418  

  

Charleston County recycling services are suspended until further notice.   

Bees Ferry Landfill and citizen convenience centers are closed until further notice.   

Charleston County High Wind Bridge Procedure:   https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/BridgeProceduresHighWinds.pdf  

If there has been disruption to utility service, please contact Dominion Energy Customer Service through the resources listed below:  

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234  

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465  

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083  

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465  
Down Trees: Call 911  

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

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map  

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc   

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/   

Current Charleston County Hurricane Informationhttps://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php  

Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php   

Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                         

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms:  

Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org   

  

Updates on Hurricane Dorian will be released and posted to the webpage and social media as new information becomes available. Visit website: Town of James island: www.jamesislandsc.us for latest news releases. 

Posted by Frances Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:16:00 PM Categories: priority

Hurricane Dorian News Release #9, September 4, 2019 

The Governor’s Evacuation Order is still in effect and schools and government offices will remain closed this week until further notice. Mayor Woolsey has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of James Island as the threat of significant impact from Hurricane Dorian continues to increase. The Town, in cooperation with the City of Charleston, have ceased sandbag operations for the duration of the event. The Town has issued approximately 21,000 sandbags.  

James Island is in Evacuation ZONE A.  [MAP]   For James Island, residents must take SC 171 (Folly Road)  to US 17 (Savannah Highway) .  Evacuees will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26. As of 2 pm today, the lane reversal will end and therefore evacuees will be able to take their own route. Residents are encouraged to evacuate if they have not done so already. 

The Town of James Island’s MEOC Team has currently evacuated to Greenwood, SC and is operating out of the Greenwood County EOC. The Operations Team remains at James Island Town Hall to monitor conditions on James Island, however Town Hall is closed for regular business until further notice. Candidates for the 2019 Municipal Election are still able to file at Town Hall until Thursday, Sept. 5th at 5 pm.  

The Town of James Island participated in the State Conference call at 9 am this morning as well as the Tri-County Conference call today at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston County. The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1. 

Key Messages 
The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track advances Hurricane Dorian toward the north, off the northeast Florida coast today, off the Georgia coast tonight then northeast very close to the South Carolina coast, especially Charleston County, Thursday. Dorian is expected to produce life-threatening storm surge flooding, damaging winds and flooding rainfall, with the worst conditions expected along our coast Thursday. Even a slight shift in the track westward, closer to the coast or even onshore, would bring significantly worse conditions to our coast. Now is the time to rush your hurricane plans to completion as conditions will deteriorate today.  

STORM SURGE: Prepare for life-threatening storm surge flooding, with salt water inundation (water above ground level) up to 4 to 7 feet. Salt water flooding is expected to impact some areas that typically remain dry during high tides, especially this afternoon into Thursday afternoon. Greater inundation is expected during high tides between 1:28 am to 2:28 pm on Thursday.  

WINDS: Damaging hurricane force winds are expected along our coast. These winds could bring down trees and power lines, leading to power outages, and could produce some structural damage. Further inland and south, tropical storm force winds/gusts are expected. These winds could bring down tree branches and power lines.  There is a 90% chance of Tropical Storm force winds for James Island and a 50% chance of Hurricane Force winds for James Island.  

RAINFALL/FLOODING: Excessive rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with local amounts up to 15 inches could produce flash flooding in some areas. Of particular concern, torrential rain could combine with storm surge inundation to enhance the risk for dangerous flash flooding in our community. 

TORNADOES: Isolated, brief tornadoes are possible, particularly along our coast.  

MARINE AND OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Extremely dangerous winds/seas, high surf, life-threatening rip currents and severe beach erosion are expected. 

• The Citizen’s Information Line is active 843-746-3900 

Residents are asked to please bring in all garbage cans from the street and secure them. Garbage and Trash operations have suspended until after the storm passes.  

Shelters are used as a last resort and citizens need to bring necessary personal items with them. Transportation pickup points on James Island are listed below. Buses will run from the hurricane pickup points to shelters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day weather permitting.  

James Island CC-301: Bus stop at Folly Road and Maybank Hwy. CC-302: Bus stop at Folly Road and Ellis Oak Avenue. CC-303: Bus stop at Riverland Drive and Lucky Road. CC-304: Bus stop at Camp Road and Folly Road. CC-305: Bus stop at Folly Road and Wilton Street. CC-306: Camp Center – 1238 Camp Road. CC-307: James Island High School – 1000 Ft. Johnson Road. CC-308: Hideaway Pizza Kitchen – 608 Harbor View Road & Clearview Drive. CC-309: Harris Teeter – 1005 Harbor View Road (at Harbor Place Drive) CC-310: Bus stop at Folly Road and Westway Drive. CC-311: Harris Teeter – 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legere Road. CC-312: Bus stop at Old Military Road and Lamar Road. CC-313: Bus stop at Ft. Johnson Road and Secessionville Road. CC-314: Bus stop at Riverland Drive and Stonewood Drive. CC-315: Bus stop at Wappoo Drive and Plymouth Avenue. 

The following shelters are open: 

·       Coastal Pre-Release Center (pet friendly shelter) – 3765 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston 29405 

·       Military Magnet Academy - 2950 Carner Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405 

·       R.B. Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418 

·       Jerry Zucker Middle School - 6401 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418 

Charleston County recycling services are suspended until further notice.  

Bees Ferry Landfill and citizen convenience centers are closed until further notice.  

Charleston County High Wind Bridge Procedure:   https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/BridgeProceduresHighWinds.pdf 

If there has been disruption to utility service, please contact Dominion Energy Customer Service through the resources listed below: 

Dominion Energy Customer Service: 1-800-251-7234 

Down/Sparking Lines: 1-888-333-4465 

Gas Leaks: 1-800-815-0083 

Power Outage: 1-888-333-4465 
Down Trees: Call 911 

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

Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map 

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc  

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/  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Informationhttps://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php 

Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php  

Download the Charleston County EMD App for the latest updates by searching CC EMD in your carrier’s app store.                        

For updates, visit the Charleston County website or follow us on our social media platforms: 

Visit website: www.charlestoncounty.org  

o   Emergency Management Departmenthttps://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/ 

Updates on Hurricane Dorian will be released and posted to the webpage and social media as new information becomes available. Visit website: Town of James island: www.jamesislandsc.us for latest news releases. 

 

 

 

 

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