CHARLESTON, South Carolina – Friday, local leaders in Charleston asked citizens to remain at home during the landfall of Hurricane Ian so that first responders can concentrate on keeping residents safe.
Friday morning, forecasters predicted that Tropical Storm Ian will intensify into a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall along the South Carolina coast.
“However, given the alignment of its direction into Charleston and the Lowcountry, you won’t be able to tell the difference,” Tecklenburg said during a Thursday afternoon media briefing. Around here, it will feel like a hurricane. We take the storm seriously, and our folks must be prepared.”
Police Chief Luther Reynolds stated that the department already possesses the necessary resources and has assigned officers to 12-hour shifts.
Reynolds stated, “We will do everything possible to support folks, but I want to reinforce the warning that the mayor and others have provided: Please stay home and out of harm’s path.” “There will be numerous road closures. Significant flooding is expected, and we want to keep people out of danger.”
Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., the city shifted its operations to OPCON 2 status.
The National Weather Service expects a three- to five-foot storm surge during the next 48 hours in Charleston County, which remains under a hurricane watch, a tropical storm warning, and a storm surge warning.
Tropical Storm Ian is expected to make landfall at the South Carolina-Georgia state line, while some computer models have altered this landfall further north. However, the storm is forecast to make landfall around high tide, which could enhance the risk of flooding when the storm dumps rain on the area.
Possible tropical storm-force winds with gusts of up to 60 mph are expected Friday morning through Friday night.
City provides free parking in five garages beginning Thursday afternoon.
Thursday at 5 p.m., the city will open the following garages to city residents for free:
Aquarium Garage – 24 Calhoun Street East Bay/Prioleau – 25 Prioleau Street Queen Street – 93 Queen Street Visitor Center – 63 Mary Street
Saturday at 5:00 p.m., all vehicles must be removed from garages.
Those that utilize the garages must adhere to the following procedure:
To be eligible for free parking, vehicles must be withdrawn by the specified time.
Pull a ticket when entering
Press the black “help” button in the upper right corner of the call box while departing. A staff member will react and assist you.
Mention that you parked to minimize floods.
When asked, provide your name and address.
If you have not already done so, insert your ticket into the machine. The attendant will lift the gate for your exit.
No watercraft, trailers, or golf carts are permitted.
The municipality announces closures.
The official offices of the City of Charleston will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday and stay closed all day Friday. The Charleston Gaillard Center personnel will be released early on Thursday and have the weekend off, with some employees working from home.
Beginning at 3 p.m. and continuing through Friday, all city recreation events and activities will be canceled.
The city’s Emergency Management Department is monitoring the storm’s path and coordinating preparation activities with state and regional agencies.
Distribution of sandbags continued through Thursday
Weather allowing, sandbag distribution will continue on Thursday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
These are the self-service pick-up locations:
Bee’s Landing Recreation Center is located at 1580 Ashley Garden Boulevard (West Ashley)
Hampton Park lot at the intersection of Ashley Avenue and Mary Murray Drive (peninsula)
Seven Farms Drive behind Governor’s Park Dog Park, Under I-526 (Daniel Island)
Between America and East Bay streets, there is a parking lot on Grace Bridge Street (peninsula)
Locations of sandbags in the town of James Island:
James Island Municipal Building, 1122 Dills Bluff Road (James Island)
There is a maximum of ten sandbags per household. For additional sandbags, citizens could call their local home improvement store.