Good afternoon Island Residents,
Town staff continues to monitor the development of Tropical Storm Isaias. It is too early to determine what if any impact the storm will have on the State of South Carolina, Charleston County or Sullivan’s Island.
Prior to June 1 when hurricane season began, staff was already working through its hurricane plan to prepare the Island for what appears to be a busy storm season. In an effort to make certain the Town is ready to respond to Tropical Storm Isaias, all personnel will be on “standby” beginning tomorrow, continuing through the weekend. Additionally, preliminary heavy weather plans have been put into effect. Similarly the Charleston County Emergency Operations Division will be taking steps to activate the Operations Center if necessary. I will pass along the Citizens’ Information Hot Line located at the EOC when available.
The current forecast indicates the storm may be located just southeast of Sullivan’s Island by 8am Monday 8-3-2020. However, the tract is not fixed and a number of variables make it subject to change. Note that as the system emerges from over Haiti towards the flatter northern Bahama Islands, there is an expanse of warm water to help intensify the strength of T/S Isaias. Now is the time to review your hurricane plan and consider tasks such as but not limited to securing lawing/porch furniture, taking the boat out of the water, alternative shelter if relocation is warranted, care for elderly relatives and pets, potential of property damage from rising water or heavy wind and rain, and the like.
While additional messages will follow during the event, you should monitor local media outlets for the latest storm information. Regardless of the storm intensity, first responders will be standing by at the ready to provide assistance. For non-emergency matters contact the dispatcher at 843-743-7200. For emergencies, always dial 9-1-1.