The Governor’s Evacuation Order is still in effect and schools and government offices will remain closed this week until further notice. Mayor Woolsey has declared a State of Emergency for the Town of James Island as the threat of significant impact from Hurricane Dorian continues to increase. The Town, in cooperation with the City of Charleston, have ceased sandbag operations for the duration of the event. The Town has issued approximately 21,000 sandbags.
James Island is in Evacuation ZONE A. [MAP] For James Island, residents must take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17 (Savannah Highway) . Evacuees will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26. As of 2 pm today, the lane reversal will end and therefore evacuees will be able to take their own route. Residents are encouraged to evacuate if they have not done so already.
The Town of James Island’s MEOC Team has currently evacuated to Greenwood, SC and is operating out of the Greenwood County EOC. The Operations Team remains at James Island Town Hall to monitor conditions on James Island, however Town Hall is closed for regular business until further notice. Candidates for the 2019 Municipal Election are still able to file at Town Hall until Thursday, Sept. 5th at 5 pm.
The Town of James Island participated in the State Conference call at 9 am this morning as well as the Tri-County Conference call today at 12:30 p.m. with Charleston County. The Town of James Island remains at OPCON 1.
The latest National Hurricane Center forecast track advances Hurricane Dorian toward the north, off the northeast Florida coast today, off the Georgia coast tonight then northeast very close to the South Carolina coast, especially Charleston County, Thursday. Dorian is expected to produce life-threatening storm surge flooding, damaging winds and flooding rainfall, with the worst conditions expected along our coast Thursday. Even a slight shift in the track westward, closer to the coast or even onshore, would bring significantly worse conditions to our coast. Now is the time to rush your hurricane plans to completion as conditions will deteriorate today.
STORM SURGE: Prepare for life-threatening storm surge flooding, with salt water inundation (water above ground level) up to 4 to 7 feet. Salt water flooding is expected to impact some areas that typically remain dry during high tides, especially this afternoon into Thursday afternoon. Greater inundation is expected during high tides between 1:28 am to 2:28 pm on Thursday.
WINDS: Damaging hurricane force winds are expected along our coast. These winds could bring down trees and power lines, leading to power outages, and could produce some structural damage. Further inland and south, tropical storm force winds/gusts are expected. These winds could bring down tree branches and power lines. There is a 90% chance of Tropical Storm force winds for James Island and a 50% chance of Hurricane Force winds for James Island.
RAINFALL/FLOODING: Excessive rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches with local amounts up to 15 inches could produce flash flooding in some areas. Of particular concern, torrential rain could combine with storm surge inundation to enhance the risk for dangerous flash flooding in our community.
TORNADOES: Isolated, brief tornadoes are possible, particularly along our coast.
MARINE AND OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Extremely dangerous winds/seas, high surf, life-threatening rip currents and severe beach erosion are expected.
• The Citizen’s Information Line is active 843-746-3900
Residents are asked to please bring in all garbage cans from the street and secure them. Garbage and Trash operations have suspended until after the storm passes.
Shelters are used as a last resort and citizens need to bring necessary personal items with them. Transportation pickup points on James Island are listed below. Buses will run from the hurricane pickup points to shelters from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day weather permitting.
James Island CC-301: Bus stop at Folly Road and Maybank Hwy. CC-302: Bus stop at Folly Road and Ellis Oak Avenue. CC-303: Bus stop at Riverland Drive and Lucky Road. CC-304: Bus stop at Camp Road and Folly Road. CC-305: Bus stop at Folly Road and Wilton Street. CC-306: Camp Center – 1238 Camp Road. CC-307: James Island High School – 1000 Ft. Johnson Road. CC-308: Hideaway Pizza Kitchen – 608 Harbor View Road & Clearview Drive. CC-309: Harris Teeter – 1005 Harbor View Road (at Harbor Place Drive) CC-310: Bus stop at Folly Road and Westway Drive. CC-311: Harris Teeter – 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legere Road. CC-312: Bus stop at Old Military Road and Lamar Road. CC-313: Bus stop at Ft. Johnson Road and Secessionville Road. CC-314: Bus stop at Riverland Drive and Stonewood Drive. CC-315: Bus stop at Wappoo Drive and Plymouth Avenue.
The following shelters are open:
· Coastal Pre-Release Center (pet friendly shelter) – 3765 Leeds Avenue, North Charleston 29405
· Military Magnet Academy - 2950 Carner Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
· R.B. Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
· Jerry Zucker Middle School - 6401 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
Charleston County recycling services are suspended until further notice.
Bees Ferry Landfill and citizen convenience centers are closed until further notice.
Charleston County High Wind Bridge Procedure: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/BridgeProceduresHighWinds.pdf
If there has been disruption to utility service, please contact Dominion Energy Customer Service through the resources listed below:
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
Down Trees: Call 911
Non-emergency Public Safety concerns: Consolidated Dispatch – (843) 743-7200
Outage Map: https://www.sceg.com/outages-emergencies/power-outages/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: http://www.scemd.org/
FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness: http://www.ready.gov/
National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/
Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
Current Charleston County Hurricane Information: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/index.php
Definition of OPCON levels: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php
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: www.charlestoncounty.org
o Emergency Management Department: https://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/
Updates on Hurricane Dorian will be released and posted to the webpage and social media as new information becomes available. Visit website: Town of James island: www.jamesislandsc.us for latest news releases.