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August 1, 2020

The Town of James Island continues to closely monitoring the forecast track of Tropical Storm / Hurricane Isaias. The Town participated in an emergency management conference with the County today, and the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center Staff stands ready to activate the transportation pickup plan and open shelters, if needed. No decision on issuing sandbags on James Island has been made. The Town continues to operate at OPCON level 2. Definitions of OPCON levels can be found at


A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for coastal counties and Dorchester and Berkeley Counties. A continued trend slower with the movement of Isaias is expected to move along the FL east coast and then near the GA/SC coasts through Monday night. Confidence continues to increase that some impacts will occur across the area, especially along the SC coast, the Charleston Tri-County area and the nearby Atlantic waters. Uncertainty remains in the storm track/intensity forecast, which makes it difficult to determine the exact degree and timing of any potential impacts.


The majority impacts for our area are expected Monday into Monday night. Those impacts include: Rip Currents: Entire coast through Monday night. High Surf & Beach Erosion: Moderate to major beach erosion possible Monday and Monday night. Coastal Flooding: Minor to perhaps moderate (or even major) tidal flooding is possible with the Monday morning and Monday evening high tides, most likely along the southeast South Carolina coast including James Island. Inundation could also occur outside of the high tide cycles, mainly for a stronger land falling storm. Winds: Potential for tropical storm force winds/gusts Monday and Monday night, especially along the immediate SC coast and in the Charleston Tri-County area including James Island. These winds could cause minor structural damage, knock down trees and result in power outages. Flooding Rainfall: Heavy rainfall is most likely Monday and Monday night, mainly near the SC coast and across the Charleston Tri-County area including James Island. Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible. 


Always have these important phone numbers and links available throughout the storm season:

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:

Social media – twitter - @domenergysc 

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

South Carolina Emergency Management Division:


National Weather Service Charleston Office:

Pet Friendly Hotels:  

Current Charleston County Hurricane Information:

 Definition of OPCON levels:  

 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:  

·         Emergency Management Department


The Town will continue to publish news releases and share relevant information from other agencies, so please make sure your contact information is up-to-date to receive our news releases through email, and always make sure to monitor the Town’s social media sites. If you don't receive Town News releases by email, sign up by sending an email to 

Every resident should sign-up for the Charleston County Citizen Alert Notification System powered by EVERBRIDGE. This system allows you to be alerted any of the following ways:  home phone, mobile phone, text message, email or by fax. Mass notification keeps everyone informed before, during and after any emergency event.

Posted by Ashley Saturday, August 1, 2020 6:48:00 PM Categories: priority

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