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The Latest on Hurricane Matthew – Thursday Edition

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Last updated on 10/6/16 at 6:55 pm.

First and foremost, I hope everyone stays safe during Hurricane Matthew. Although I will do my best to pass along relevant and accurate information, be sure to follow local/national media and local government too. They are professionals and will have the best possible information.

Below are some important resources and info regarding the storm.

THE LATEST INFORMATION

  • Hurricane Warning: Charleston, Coastal Colleton, Berkeley, Beaufort, Beaufort, and Jasper Counties
    • Tropical Storm Watch: Colleton, Dorchester, and Georgetown counties
    • The Charleston County Emergency Operations Center is at OPCON 1. Click here for a description
    • President Obama has declared a state of emergency in South Carolina
  • The most up-to-date storm tracker from the National Hurricane Center can be found here.
    • Matthew is currently a Category 4 Hurricane
      • It’s expected to be a Category 2 when it reaches South Carolina
      • Wind: Tropical storm force likely, but hurricane force gusts possible
      • Expected rainfall: 8-14″
      • Possible Storm Surge: 4-8′
    • Landfall expected in Florida early Friday
      • Hurricane is expected to pass the SC coast from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning
    • Charleston “high level bridges” including the Ravenel and I-526 will shut down when wind hits 40 mph
  • Click here for open Shelter locations and addresses
  • Click here for updates from South Carolina Emergency Management Division.
  • Click here for updates from Charleston County Government.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

  • Call 9-1-1 for real emergencies only
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division: 1-866-246-0133
  • S.C. Department of Transportation: 1-888-877-9151
  • Charleston County Citizen’s Information Hotline: 843-746-3900
  • Charleston County Emergency Management Department: 843-746-3800
  • Charleston County Special Medical Needs: 843-953-0077
  • Charleston Water System: 843-727-6800
  • Berkeley County Emergency Preparedness Department: 843-719-4800, 843-719-4166, or 843-719-4047
  • Berkeley County Water and Sanitation: 843-572-4400
  • Dorchester County Citizen’s Information Hotline: 843-832-0393
  • Dorchester County Emergency Services Department: 843-832-0341
  • Dorchester County Water and Sewer Department: 843-832-0075 or 843-563-0075
  • Mt. Pleasant Non-Emergency Police Line: 843-743-7200
  • Santee Cooper (to report a power outage): 1-888-769-7688
  • SCE&G (for power outages and downed/damaged power lines): 1-888-333-4465
  • SCE&G (for gas leaks): 1-800-815-0083

EVACUATIONS

PREPARATION

SHELTERS

  • Click here for Open Shelter locations and addresses
  • Charleston County is providing citizens transportation to local shelters from designated hurricane pick-up points. Buses will run until 8 pm tonight and operations tomorrow will be dependent on the weather.
  • Items to bring if you are relocating 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

BRIDGES

  • Authorities: Charleston high level bridges including the Ravenel and I-526 will shut down when wind hits 40 mph.
  • The Mount Pleasant Police Department provided this info on Bridge Procedures in High Winds:
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PARKING GARAGES

  • All City of Charleston parking garage locations will be open to the public to park their cars through the storm for free.
  • Gates are open through 8 am on Monday, October 10th.
  • These facilities will not be staffed during the storm.
  • Elevators will not be operational.
  • Do not park on the ground level or the top deck.
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