Several Closures Announced Ahead of Michael

October 10, 2018, 3:18 pm EST | Share:

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.

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.

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:

– 843.746.3900
– Spanish: 843.746.3909
– TTY: 843.746.3911