Published September 1, 2019
Hurricane Dorian remains a very unpredictable storm. According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, the storm could track close to the South Carolina coastline Wednesday and Thursday. The storm is expected to bring high winds and potential flooding to the Beaufort County area early Thursday morning, particularly on top of already high tides.
S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Saturday afternoon, enabling state agencies to coordinate in preparing for possible effects from the storm. Gov. McMaster and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division are expected to hold a press conference between 1:30 and 2 p.m. today. Beaufort County will be put under a state of emergency at 1pm today.
There are no evacuation orders at this time, and emergency management officials continue to monitor Hurricane Dorian.
What is the PDPOA doing?
- PDPOA staff continues our standard emergency preparation procedures, and will continue to monitor the storm. We plan to share updates with you via the Tidings, Text Alerts, and on our website. Please forgive any repetitive information as we do our best to keep you informed.
- We are continuing the lagoon lowering process in anticipation of heavy rain, meaning extremely low water levels. Please be aware of his when tethering watercraft.
- This week’s landscape debris pickup service has been postponed to allow staff to prep for the storm. Please return bins to your service areas.
- Early this week, ARB will be reaching out to active construction sites to make sure silt fencing is property installed, dumpsters are covered, and the entire site is free of any loose materials and/or equipment.
What are the Town, County, and State doing?
- The Town of Hilton Head Island is in close contact with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division and continues to monitor the storm and make appropriate preparations.
- The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management held a press conference this morning and announced they will go to OpCon 1 today at noon. Click here to view the press conference. They will be sending out updates as the path of the storm and impact to the Lowcountry area becomes more clear.
- Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency yesterday at noon, putting the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan into effect. McMaster tweeted:”Given the strength and unpredictability of the storm, we must prepare for every possible scenario. State assets are being mobilized now and Team South Carolina is working around the clock to be ready, if necessary. We encourage all South Carolinians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian to be vigilant and prepare now – there is no reason for delay.”
What can you do?
- Please check storm drains near your property to make sure they are clear of any debris.
- Subscribe to the Town and County emergency alert systems. These will deliver up-to-date notifications to your phone and email.
- If you reside on Hilton Head, continue to monitor the storm and do any necessary planning to be ready in the event that an evacuation is called. Know where you will go if an evacuation is issued. Buy supplies for your hurricane kit, gas up your vehicles and be ready to go if the Governor issues an evacuation.
- Please reach out to any neighbors that might need additional assistance.
- If you do not live here, contact your property management company to assist in securing items at your property.
- Rip currents will become strong off our coastline and surf may be dangerous for all levels of swimmers. Remember to heed the advice of beach patrol and flag warning systems.
- Avoid misinformation spread through social media. Please look to federal, state, county and municipal government officials, as well as trusted print, radio and television media for information and instruction.