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Tropical Storm Bertha- Message #1

Wed, 05/27/2020

TS Bertha Website (pic)

Good morning Island residents,

In the event you missed the early morning news today, the National Hurricane Center has announced that the area of disturbed weather it had been tracking over the past 36 hours quickly became better organized.  Circulation has become defined and the center has reformed beneath the area of deep convection just offshore of South Carolina. Offshore buoys indicate that the system is producing tropical storm force winds. The system has been named Tropical Storm Bertha.

The National Hurricane Center Miami has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the area from Edisto Beach to the South Santee River (northern portion of Charleston County).  A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Sullivan’s Island could experience maximum sustained winds between 34 to 40 mph with higher gusts before landfall.  At this time Bertha is expected to produce heavy rainfall across eastern and central South Carolina. In some areas the rainfall may produce dangerous flash flooding.  For Sullivan’s Island, high tide today is 12:08pm so you may expect standing water and full ditches on some streets. Because of the proximity to the coast, Bertha is not expected to intensify. Landfall is anticipated north of Sullivan’s Island today around 2pm; stronger winds will be experienced in the northwest quadrant of the storm.

For Island residents here a few suggestions:

  • Secure any small loose items that might become projectiles on your porch or yard such as plants, toys, etc.
  • Double check the moorings on your boat if it is alongside a dock
  • If you enter the ocean to swim or surf in the next 36 hours be aware of strong currents
  • Exercise caution when driving through standing water
  • If you lose power at your home contact Dominion Energy at 1-888-333-4465; NEVER APPROACH A DOWNED POWER LINE AS IT MAY BE ENERGIZED
  • In the event of an emergency always dial 9-1-1; for non-emergency assistance from Police, Fire or Water and Sewer call 843-743-7200
  • MONITOR THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER WEBSITE OR LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION THROUGHOUT TODAY

The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted to be more active than usual according to an outlook forecast by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.  The outlook calls for 13 to 19 named storms, 6 to 10 hurricanes and 3 to 6 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher). NOW IS A VERY GOOD TIME TO ME MAKING YOUR FAMILY HURRICANE PLAN.  The Town website offers hurricane preparation and planning information.

In the event conditions change significantly in the next 6 hours a subsequent message will be issued.

Regards,

Andy Benke
Town Administrator