Charleston storm preparations underway

September 10 13:43 2018 Print This Article

The City of Charleston has begun storm preparations in advance of the approaching Hurricane Florence. The city emergency operations crews have set up two self-serve sandbagging stations in West Ashley – the former Northbridge Piggly Wiggly at Sumar Steet and Sam Rittenberg and the fire station at 1985 Bees Ferry Road. The city is providing the bags and ties and residents are asked to bring their own shovels. There is a limit of 10 bags per household. Operations will cease at 5 pm today and will resume at 7 am tomorrow.

City crews are out clearing ditches and drains in advance of the storm, which is expected to influence our weather as early as Thursday morning. Plans are also underway to lower Lake Dotterer between the  Providence Commons and Forest Lakes neighborhoods in West Ashley. The eye of Hurricane is currently tracking in the vicinity of Wilmington, North Carolina.  Charleston remains within the cone of probability in the path of the 500 mile storm.

Charleston County has its emergency operations center staffed around the clock. Residents have been asked to make all preparations for evacuation.