Dorchester County Under Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch

Post Date:09/13/2018 6:00 PM

The US National Weather Service Charleston, SC has issued a Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch for Dorchester County.

A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive within the next 36 hours.

A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

Shuttle service to evacuation shelters was suspended at 2:20 PM, today, Thursday, September 13, 2018. All individuals residing in an evacuation zone and/or a mobile or manufactured homes should seek shelter in a hardened structure for the duration of the event.

All Dorchester County Convenience Sites closed at 12:00 PM today, Thursday, September 13, 2018. All sites will remain closed until after post-storm inspections have been completed and the landfill has reopened.


Dorchester County has two open evacuation shelters at:

  • Woodland High School located at 4128 US Hwy 78, Dorchester, SC - The maximum capacity at Woodland High School is 529.
  • (Pet-Friendly) DuBose Middle School located at 1005 DuBose School Road, Summerville, SC

Residents evacuating to a shelter should pack minimally, bringing only the essentials i.e. bedding (blankets or sleeping bag, pillows, air mattresses or cots) personal hygiene products, a form of identification, all medications, important documents, a change of clothes, food and water for 3-4 days.

Residents who feel they may need to relocate to a special medical needs shelter should call the SCDHEC triage phone line at 1-800-578-2031. 

Shelters at Summerville High School and St. George Middle School remain on standby to open if/when the need arises.


The Pet-Friendly Shelter at DuBose will only accept crated, small, domesticated animals. At least one family member must remain on premise.

Residents who would like to utilize the pet shelter will be responsible for bringing all pet supplies including, but not limited to the below:

  • Leash
  • Vaccination Records
  • Pet Food
  • Water & Food Bowls
  • Sheet or Blanket to cover Kennel
  • Litter and Litter Box
  • Medication (if needed)
  • Training Pads for kennel

Citizens Call Center

The Citizens Call Center (CCC) is open. Citizens can call the center with questions related to Hurricane Florence. The CCC phone numbers are (843) 832-0393 and (843) 563-0393.

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