Tropical Storm Warning and Flash Flood Watch Issued for Dorchester County
Dorchester County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Operating Condition (OPCON) 2, closely monitoring hurricane Irma.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Dorchester County. This means tropical storm force wind conditions (39 MPF) are possible, as early as this evening, and into late Monday night. Sustained tropical force winds are not, expected. However, strong gusts, of 40 MPH – 60 MPH, are highly likely.
A flash flood watch has also been issued for Dorchester County, through late Monday, September 11, 2017.
The projected five (5) day rainfall totals range from 3-6 inches (or higher in isolated areas). The heaviest rainfall and accumulation is predicted occur during daylight hours on Monday, September 11, 2017.
The upper Ashley River will be influenced by the forecasted storm surge at the coast. The highest water levels are expected between 4:00PM and 6:00PM, tomorrow. The EOC continues to monitor the tides, and assess all possible impacts to areas in close proximity to tidal waterways and low-lying areas.
All shelters remain on standby for activation should the situation warrant. Residents who feel, they may need to relocate should relocate with family or friends and wait for information on shelter openings.
On Friday, September 8, 2017, County Council approved the activation of a “First Push Agreement” with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), to perform all debris removal operations in the County with County assistance.
This partnership allows for the first push of debris removal to be completed within five hours (with the exception of trees in power lines) opening all major roadways throughout the county for public safety vehicles.
Note: Debris removal will not commence until after the storm has passed.
Citizens Call Center
The Citizens Call Center remains open. Staff is standing by to answer citizens’ questions at (843) 832-0393 and/or (843) 563-0393.