Charleston City Council and Charleston County Council held separate emergency meetings Tuesday in advance of Hurricane Idalia to issue emergency orders consistent with the state’s similar order. Doing so will also make the local governments eligible for federal disaster aid, if necessary. Officials said no evacuation orders are expected to be given, as the storm will likely downgrade from hurricane status before it arrives in the Lowcountry.
Hurricane Idalia, with sustained winds now at 120 miles per hour, made landfall around 8 a.m. today along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Forecasters are warning of life-threatening storm surges, dangerous winds and other storm-related conditions.
In South Carolina, Idalia is expected to bring tropical storm conditions and significant flooding to the eastern part of the state. S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency ahead of Idalia’s arrival. The hurricane is forecast to have a limited impact in the Midlands and Upstate, while the Lowcountry braces for tropical storm conditions.
The storm is predicted to move over Charleston Wednesday night with 50 mph to 75 mph winds. Isolated tornadoes are also a risk along the coast.
Several locations in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties will have a limited supply of free sand and sandbags for residents to prepare their homes for flooding. Residents should bring their own shovels. Check online for a full schedule and list of locations. Sites are first-come, first-served.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Franklin is a Category 3 hurricane in the mid-Atlantic and could churn waters and cause rip currents along the East Coast this week.
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