The Town of James Island continues to closely monitor the forecast track of Tropical Storm Elsa. The worst conditions are most likely to occur from Wednesday morning into early Thursday morning. The threat for the potential for heavy rainfall and potential flooding has increased. The threat for sustained tropical storm force winds both over land and over the water has trended a bit lower. Depending on the exact track and intensity, Elsa could also bring the potential for tornadoes, water spouts, dangerous seas, and dangerous surf conditions. The system is forecast to interact with Cuba and then parts of Florida before potentially impacting our area.
Charleston County 2021 Hurricane Guide: https://bit.ly/3vMKMlN
Charleston County 2021 Hurricane Guide Spanish: https://bit.ly/3678pKE
OPCON Levels: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/opcon.php
Additional Considerations During Hurricane Season:
· Citizens should avoid unnecessary travel due to possible localized flooding caused by potential heavy rainfall, particularly in downtown Charleston.
· Please remove any items around your home that could cause damage due to the potential for strong wind gusts.
· Please follow directions on traffic and message boards for road closure information and remind the public, “Turn around, Don’t drown.”
· In the event of possible flooding, citizens are asked not to drive around barricades or drive through standing water.
· Emergency calls to 911 should be reserved to save a life, report a crime or report a fire.
o DO NOT call 9-1-1 if you have water in your home unless your life is in danger.
o DO NOT call 9-1-1 to report that your power is out, report the outage to your utility provider.
Bridges located within Charleston County DO NOT close to vehicle traffic when wind speeds increase.
Charleston County’s High Wind Bridge Procedures are located at: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/emergency-management/files/BridgeProceduresHighWinds.pdf
Damage caused by Isaias can be reported by visiting: https://www.crisistrack.com/public/charlestonSC/citizenRequest.html
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: 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/
National Weather Service Charleston Office: http://www.weather.gov/chs/
Pet Friendly Hotels: http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
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
· Emergency Management Department: https://www.facebook.com/EMDChasCo/
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 email@example.com
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. https://member.everbridge.net/453003085611698/login