TOJI News Release #11 

Town Moves to OPCON 3
News Release #11—
 
The Town of James Island has moved to OPCON 3 on Sunday, October 9th at Noon. Recovery from Hurricane Matthew is well underway.
 
Governor Haley at the request of Charleston County has lifted the evacuation order for Charleston County.
 
Trees and power lines are down across the Island. JIPSD crews are steadily working to clear the roads, and many of the main roads are now open. The majority of James Island is still without power. SCE&G crews are hard at work, but they are spread across the entire low country and working diligently. Please continue to remain patient.
 
JIPSD will be collecting garbage and trash tomorrow, Monday the 10th.
 
The Lowes on James Island is open as of Sunday morning as are many restaurants and grocery stores open as well. The Charleston airport is open.
 
The Town of James Island Municipal Operations Center (MEOC) is in Greenwood, South Carolina. Town Hall is closed. Team 1 has returned to Town Hall to access damage.
Residents may reach the MEOC by calling the Town phone number 843-795-4141.
For emergencies, call 911. Town Hall will be closed for normal business on Monday and reopen on Tuesday, October 11th.
 
We have contacted our Neighborhood Council representatives and are continuing to compile reports from them on the status of power and downed trees and damages.
 
There is currently a CYBER scam, asking you to “click here” for more information on your power outage. Do not open this email. Go to SCE&G’s website at https://www.sceg.com/outages-emerg…/power-outages/outage-map
 
 
The following shelters remain open:
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
 
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 email notifications about emergency situations. Register online at https://member.everbridge.net/index/453003085611698#login
High Wind and Bridge Policy:
www.charlestoncounty.org/…/fi…/bridgeprocedureshighwinds.pdf
Definition of OPCON levels:
www.charlestoncounty.org/depa…/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 Sunday, October 9, 2016 12:41:00 PM

James Island Road Update 

James Island PSD Fire, Solid Waste Services, and Wastewater Services have cleared all major roads on James Island with the following exceptions:

1 Central Park Road which is down to a single lane near the creek due to broken pavement and

2 Dills Bluff Road which is completely blocked due to a downed tree entangled with power lines.

Posted by Bill Saturday, October 8, 2016 7:09:00 PM

NEWS RELEASE #10 

News Release #10—

 

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1 on Saturday, October 8th.   Recovery from Hurricane Matthew has begun.

A state of emergency remains in effect for the Town of James Island.    There will be a curfew tonight starting at 8 PM.   The curfew will end at 8 AM, Sunday, October 9.

Many trees are down on James Island and they continue to fall.   Power lines are down across the Island.   Many roads are blocked.   Please heed Governor Haley’s message not to return yet.   Give emergency crews time to clear roads and restore power.  SCE&G crews have not been released to begin repairs as of Saturday afternoon.

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.

SCE&G reports widespread power outages on James Island. There is currently a CYBER scam, asking you to “click here” for more information on your power outage. Do not open this email. Go to SCE&G’s website at https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

James Island incident commander, Chief Seabolt, reports that the JIPSD Fire Service answering calls and JIPSD crews are working to clear our roads.

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan ended at 12 noon on Friday, October 7. 

Shelters

The following shelters are open:

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

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

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 Saturday, October 8, 2016 3:02:00 PM

NEWS RELEASE #9  

News Release #9—

 

The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1 on Saturday, October 8th.    Hurricane conditions are expected on James Island through the morning.

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

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.

SCE&G reports widespread power outages on James Island. There is currently a CYBER scam, asking you to “click here” for more information on your power outage. Do not open this email. Go to SCE&G’s website at https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/outage-map

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

High-profile bridges are not safe when wind speed reaches 40 mph.   However, there will be no physical barriers or law enforcement preventing access.   Do not attempt to cross bridges when conditions are unsafe.

At this time, there is no specific timeline for a return to James Island. 

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan ended at 12 noon on Friday, October 7. 

Shelters

The following shelters are open:

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

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

Forecast

FORECAST:

Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall on the SC coast, most likely between Pritchards Island and Edisto Island early this morning. The hurricane is then forecast to track along the SC coast through this morning, producing life threatening storm surge at the coast, damaging hurricane force wind gusts

across coastal counties and torrential rainfall/flash flooding across SC counties.  Currently, the storm is Category 1.

 

SATURDAY TIDES:

Low – 7:04 am 1.2’

High – 1:39 pm 5.5’

Low – 8:04 pm 1.4’

 SUNDAY TIDES:

High – 1:50 am 4.9’

Low – 8:00 am 1.2’

High – 2:36 pm 5.5’

Low – 9:01 pm 1.3’

 

CURRENT WATCHES, WARNINGS AND/OR ADVISORIES:

Hurricane Warningfor ALL coastal counties and Dorchester County and for all adjacent coastal waters including Charleston Harbor

 

Flash Flood Watch for all land zones

Flash Flood Warnings for many areas

EXPECTED IMPACTS (INCLUDES TIMING AND LOCATION)

STORM SURGE:Life-threatening inundation from the upper GA coast along the SC coast. Combined with wave action will likely damage structures on barrier islands. Some coastal roads flooded, damaged, impassable. Salt water flooding within tide zone inland from the immediate coast. After the center of the hurricane passes any given location, winds will turn offshore, and water levels will begin to

recede.

WINDS: Worst conditions with damaging hurricane force wind gusts of 90 to 100 mph across coastal communities through Charleston County. Extensive tree damage, some structural damage, widespread power outages expected in these areas this morning. Tropical storm winds expected all other areas this morning

HEAVY RAIN: Torrential rainfall, flash flooding in South Carolina counties this morning. Some roads could be flooded, damaged, impassable. Significant flooding of poor drainage areas, creeks possible.

MARINE: Dangerous conditions for all vessels, even large ships.

TORNADOES: Low risk for tornadoes across the Charleston Tri-County.

POTENTIAL TIMING OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS

POTENTIAL ONSET TIME:Ongoing

POTENTIAL ENDING TIME: Late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.

Significant improvement tonight and 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 Saturday, October 8, 2016 10:10:00 AM

NEWS RELEASE 8 Tropical Force Winds 

News Release #8—

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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.

A curfew will be in effect in all areas of James Island, including the Town, from 12 midnight until 6 AM Saturday morning.  County and State law enforcement are authorized to enforce the curfew in the Town.

Storm surge is expected to be 6 to 9 feet with severe inundation.  

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.    

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.

Emergency Transportation to Shelters

The Emergency Transportation Plan ended at 12 noon on Friday, October 7. 

Shelters

The following shelters are open at this time:

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

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

Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456

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

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. Tropical storm force winds should start to impact the Charleston area around 5pm Friday. Storm surge is expected to be 6 to 9 feet with severe inundation. Significant damage to coastal structures is likely. 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

Tornado Watch for Southeast SC (including Charleston)

Flash Flood Watch for all land zones

EXPECTED IMPACTS (INCLUDES TIMING AND LOCATION)

STORM SURGE: Reasonable worst case values of 6-9’ 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” east of I-95 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: Moderate threat of isolated tornadoes possible near the coast.

POTENTIAL TIMING OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS

POTENTIAL ONSET TIME: Around 1700 in the Charleston area

POTENTIAL ENDING TIME: Late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.

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 7:21:00 PM
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