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September 10, 2017


The Town of James Island moved to OPCON 1 today at 1:00 PM in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

James Island is under a storm surge warning, flash flood watch, and a tropical storm warning. 


Winds are expected to be 35 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.   The most likely time of arrival is between 5 AM and 9 AM Monday morning.  It is possible that high winds could arrive as early as 11 PM  tonight.

Strong offshore winds are expected to lead to a storm surge of four to six feet.  Some flooding is possible at tonight’s high tide at midnight.  The most serious flooding is expected on Monday between 10 AM to 3 PM.

Rain is forecast to be 3 to 6 inches.   This will likely cause additional flooding on James Island.

Residents located in low lying areas that have flooded in past should relocate to higher ground.  If possible, stay with friend or family on higher ground.    A hotel or motel in the north area should also be considered.

Charleston County has made available a shelter at 3765 Leeds Avenue.   It is open to everyone, including those with pets.   Please bring any supplies you or your pet need.  

For those without transportation, evacuation busses will begin operation at 1:00 PM today until 8 PM tonight.  

On James Island the stops are:

Earth Fare - 74 Folly Road (South Windermere Shopping Center)

Fast Point Food Store - 1029 Harbor View Road (Harbor View Road at Quail Drive)

Wal-Mart – 1231 Folly Road and Griffith Road

Folly Beach Shopping Center - 907 Folly Road (Camp Road and Folly Road)

Harris Teeter – 1739 Maybank Highway and Folly Road

Hot Wheels – 1523 Folly Road

Camp Center – 1238 Camp Road

Harris Teeter – 1985 Folly Road and Sol Legare Road

Harris Teeter – 675 Folly Road

Murray Elementary School – 691 Riverland Drive

James Island High School – 1000 Ft. Johnson Road

Hideaway Pizza Kitchen – 608A Harborview Road & Clearview, near Ft. Johnson

The Town’ sand bag distribution has ceased.   The Town has no sandbags or fill material remaining.

The Town’s Office will be closed to regular business on Monday, September 11; and Tuesday, September 12.

The Town will send out regular updates as information becomes available. Please visit the Town’s website at

Other important information:

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 for more information and links to these documents.

In case of an event, 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 - 1-800-815-0083

Non-emergency Public Safety concerns Consolidated Dispatch - 743-7200

Here are other important links with helpful information before, during and after an event:

South Carolina Emergency Management Division -

FEMA website for Citizen Preparedness


National Weather Service Charleston Office

Pet Friendly Hotels

Posted by Bill Sunday, September 10, 2017 1:57:00 PM Categories: priority

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