Hurricane Ian Advisory #4
September 28, 2022 – 6:00 pm
Hurricane Ian made landfall along the Florida Gulf Coast on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 28, 2022, as a strong Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph. Hurricane Ian is now moving northeast across the state of Florida and is expected to emerge into the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday.
There is still uncertainty with the track and intensity of the storm after it emerges from the east coast of Florida. Because Ian is now forecast to be over the Atlantic Ocean for a longer period of time, there is an increased possibility of hurricane force winds in our area.
Earlier today, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Hurricane Watch for coastal counties, including Charleston County. The area also remains under a Tropical Storm Warning and Storm Surge Warning.
According to NWS Charleston, there is high confidence that Hurricane Ian will impact our area. Below is a summary of today’s report from NWS Charleston:
On Wednesday afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster declared a statewide State of Emergency effective at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, September 28th. The Governor has not issued an evacuation order.
During a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, representatives from the Charleston County Emergency Management Department (CCEMD) encouraged residents in low-lying and flood prone areas to consider relocating during the storm. CCEMD representatives also announced the following actions in advance of Hurricane Ian:
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Town of Seabrook Island has also moved its operational status to OPCON 2 (Enhanced Readiness / Disaster Impacts Likely). Town offices will close at 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th, and will remain closed on Friday, September 30th. Beach patrol services will also be suspended on Friday, September 30th.
Residents, property owners, and visitors are advised to monitor local media outlets for updates on Hurricane Ian and to make early preparations for potential storm impacts, including possible power outages. Forecasts are also updated regularly on the National Hurricane Center website at www.hurricanes.gov.
As conditions in our area begin to deteriorate, individuals are encouraged to heed the following recommendations:
The next Town advisory is anticipated to be distributed on the afternoon of Thursday, September 29th, unless conditions warrant an earlier update.
Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.
Official updates from the town will be posted on the following town channels, as warranted:
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In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Emergency calls to 911 should be reserved for life-threatening situations, or for the reporting of a crime or fire. Do NOT call 911 if you have water in your home unless your life is in danger. Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Power outages should be reported directly to Berkeley Electric Cooperative.