Hurricane Ian updates

Friday, Sept. 30

12:15 P.M.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

11:30 a.m. weather briefing

Hurricane Ian approaching the SC coast and is expected to make landfall as a CAT 1 hurricane near the Santee River this afternoon.

This more eastward track has helped to reduce the threat levels for tides/coastal flooding.

However, strong tropical storm force winds, even low end hurricane wind gusts, still expected along the coast, especially from the Charleston TriCounty north, and ALL Atlantic waters .

Threat for ALL Hazards expected to gradually improve by later this afternoon and evening 

10:45 A.M.

Please be advised that the Pigeon Point Boat Ramp is closed until further notice due to a vehicle being in the water. The driver is accounted for and safe.

8:00 A.M.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

6:30 a.m. briefing

Hurricane Ian is forecast to come ashore this afternoon as a Category 1 hurricane. The strongest winds are likely to be felt in Charleston County and points north. Please stay off the  roads today.

Thursday, Sept. 29

7:57 P.M.

DOMINION ENERGY

Five tips for customers to prepare and stay safe: 

Download the Dominion Energy app. The fastest way to report or track an outage is using the Dominion Energy app, which is free in the Apple and Google Play stores. Customers may also report outages by going to DominionEnergy.com or calling 800-251-7234. 

Follow Dominion Energy on Twitter at @DomEnergySC. The company will provide regular updates and additional tips to help keep customers informed and safe. 

Create an emergency kit. The National Weather Service recommends creating a basic disaster kit before a storm hits. Store your items in airtight plastic bags and put the entire kit in something that's easy to carry, like a plastic bin or a duffel bag. Learn more about what to include in a basic kit and how customers can prepare. 

Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Keep in mind the downed lines may not always be visible, and use extra caution when walking outside after a storm. Please remain at least 30 feet away and ensure that others avoid the downed line. South Carolina customers should call 888-333-4465 right away to report a downed power line. 

Don’t turn off natural gas service. Natural gas lines are typically not impacted during a hurricane or severe winds, so natural gas service is rarely interrupted. It is not necessary to turn off your natural gas service at the meter during a hurricane; this valve should only be turned off by the utility or emergency personnel. 

6:25 P.M.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Remember, we continue to be under a HURRICANE WARNING. Winds could reach in the mid-70 mph range, and perhaps higher.

National Weather Service 5:30 p.m. briefing

4:30 P.M.

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

Remember, we are under a HURRICANE WARNING. Winds could reach in the mid-70 mph range, and perhaps higher.

11:30 a.m. briefing

JASPER COUNTY SHELTER
For those needing shelter during Hurricane Ian, a shelter operated by Jasper County Emergency Services is opening at 5 p.m. today, Sept. 29. It is pet-friendly. It is located at:
Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School
250 Jaguar Trail
Ridgeland, South Carolina 29936.
For more information, including what to bring to the shelter and considerations for pets, view the Jasper County Emergency Services advisory at https://local.nixle.com/alert/9679160/.
DRIVING
Please stay off the roads tonight and especially tomorrow -- FRIDAY. Sheriff Tanner has asked that you shelter at home on Friday. There is certainly a chance that many of our roads in low-lying areas will be FLOODED!
If you are out, for any reason, do NOT drive through floodwaters. Look for detours or go back!
CAPITAL WASTE
Capital Waste will NOT operate any routes on Friday. It expects to pick up all Friday trash/recycling routes and Thursday yard debris routes on SATURDAY.
CITY MISC.
City of Beaufort offices will remain closed on Friday.
Restrooms at Henry C. Chambers Park closed today at 4 p.m. and be closed all day on Friday. Restrooms will open beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Park Beaufort will be closed Friday.
The Visitors Center will be closed Friday and Saturday.
Downtown Marina Store & offices will be closed Friday.


BEAUFORT COUNTY

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DOMINION ENERGY

As we all track the path of Hurricane Ian, our crews and storm response teams remain prepared for any potential impacts to South Carolina over the next few days. According to the latest reports, the storm will likely bring strong wind and rain that may impact your service. 
 What You Can Do To Prepare 
Download the Dominion Energy app so you can quickly report and track your outage.
• Visit our Storm page to review helpful safety information, update your contact information, access interactive outage map and learn more about our restoration process.
Report Outage Online
Reportar interrupción del servicio
• Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest storm related information and safety tips.
Safety Reminders 
• If power lines are down, STAY AWAY. DO NOT TOUCH. Call 1-888-333-4465 immediately.
• If you have a generator, follow manufacturer's instructions for safe use.
• If you smell gas (rotten egg odor), LEAVE THE LOCATION and from a safe place, call 911 and Dominion Energy at 1-800-815-0083. • 
Thank you and stay safe. 


BEAUFORT MEMORIAL PHYSICIANS

All Beaufort Memorial physician practices in Beaufort, Bluffton and Okatie will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30. 

Our three Express Care & Occupational Health clinics will close at 5p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 and be closed all day on Friday. They will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and be open normal hours on Sunday, Oct. 2 (1-5p.m.)