News Release #8—
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.
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
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.
High – 12:47pm 5.5’
Low – 6:16 pm 1.1’
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:
Definition of OPCON levels:
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/