Several Closures Announced Ahead of Michael
CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) – Charleston County Government moved to OPCON 3 and announced the closure of all government offices Thursday in anticipation of Michael’s arrival in the Lowcountry.
The monster storm made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Wind gusts as high as 130 mph have been reported.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for much of the region, with heavy rain, strong winds, dangerous surf and isolated tornadoes expected later Wednesday into Thursday.
(Latest Topical Updates: FOX24 Hurricane Center)
Additional closures on Thursday include:
– Berkeley County School District Schools and offices
– Charleston County School District schools and offices
– Dorchester County School District Two and Four schools and offices
– College of Charleston classes and events cancelled
– All Charleston County Public Library branches will be closed Thursday
– South Carolina State Fair
The American Red Cross and their local emergency management partners have or anticipate opening the following shelters for citizens:
– North Charleston, 3765 Leeds Avenue: Opened at noon Thursday
– First Baptist Church of Barnwell, 161 Allen St., Barnwell: Opening at 2 p.m.
Charleston International Airport said it will remain open for the time being.
We continue to operate normally today. Anyone flying this week is encouraged to contact their airline for up-to-date info on flight status, travel waivers and possible delays and cancellations due to #HurricaneMichael's impact on the Southeast. pic.twitter.com/Ml51OAl0ZQ
— CharlestonSC Airport (@iflyCHS) October 10, 2018
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said the state remains under a state of emergency due to the effects of Florence and what Michael will bring.
Governor McMaster announced today that #SouthCarolina remains in a state of emergency due to continued flooding from Hurricane Florence and potential impact from #HurricaneMichael. More information can be found here: https://t.co/4YCErUENB6 #sctweets #SC #scwx
— SCEMD (@SCEMD) October 10, 2018
Charleston County Emergency Management Moves to Opcon 4
In anticipation of Michael’s arrival, Charleston County Emergency Management moved to Opcon 4 as of 12 pm Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says coastal flooding, rip currents and tropical storm force winds are possible over the next couple of days.
For more details, the Charleston County Citizen’s Information Line will be active from noon to 8 p.m. Please call:
– Spanish: 843.746.3909
– TTY: 843.746.3911