Published September 5, 2019 at 10am
Last night (Wednesday) into this morning (Thursday), Beaufort County experienced, and continues to experience, tropical storm force wind gusts. Motorists are urged to stay off bridges and causeways, and off of the roads in general, until the storm has passed. The mandatory evacuation remains in place and there is no information on when it will be lifted.
In Palmetto Dunes
For the most part, there is very little damage to the community; similar to what we saw from Tropical Storm Hermine in 2016. We experienced very minimal tree damage but a fair amount of minor debris. We did not have any issues with storm water drainage. We will begin our clean up efforts tomorrow.
Security operations are still suspended indefinitely, and we hope to resume staffing at the Front Gate when winds die down later today.
What is the PDPOA doing?
The maintenance team is in Palmetto Dunes and will access any damage to the community once weather conditions improve.
- All security operations remain suspended until further notice.
- The Pass Office and Admin Office remain closed until further notice.
What are the Town, County, and State doing?
- The Town of Hilton Head Island and Beaufort County have implemented a curfew starting tonight (Thursday, September 5) at 10pm through 6am tomorrow morning (Friday, September 6.)
- All Town of Hilton Head Island government offices, facilities, and all Town Parks, Beaufort County government offices and schools are closed.
- The Hilton Head Island Airport is closed; it’s unknown at this time when the Airport will re-open.
- The Hilton Head Hospital is closed. Coastal Carolina Hospital (1000 Medical Center Dr. Hardeeville, SC) and Beaufort Memorial Hospital (955 Ribaut Rd. Beaufort, SC) will remain open for emergencies only. Please note hospitals are not public shelters and will not have the resources to operate as such during an emergency.
- Overnight, Sheriff’s Office deputies, as well as state and municipal law enforcement personnel, patrolled residential areas and businesses to protect the property of those who evacuated. As of 5:30 this morning, there were 40 calls for service for downed trees in Beaufort County, and as of 8:00 this morning, about 20,000 customers were without power in Beaufort County.
- Law enforcement, fire departments, public utility crews, South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel are currently assessing the impacts.
What can you do?
- Subscribe to the Town and County emergency alert systems. These will deliver up-to-date notifications to your phone and email.