Hurricane Ian update and resources in Charleston, SC

Yesterday, the City of Charleston shared that the National Weather Service has issued a storm surge watch + a tropical storm watch in Charleston County as officials continue to monitor Hurricane Ian’s track. A two-to-four foot storm surge is anticipated in the next 48 hours.

Here’s what we know.

In a briefing yesterday afternoon, Governor McMaster stated that no evacuation plans have been activated and no state of emergency has been declared as of 4:30 p.m.

Starting Thursday evening, we may experience high tides + flooding. Six to eight inches of rainfall is forecast between Thursday and Sunday, though this amount may vary. Anticipate gusty winds Friday morning-evening.

A limited number of free sand and bags will be available today from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (up to 10 per residence) at the locations below for residents to build their own sandbags. Bringing a shovel is suggested for assembly.

  • Grace Bridge Street parking lot between America + East Bay streets
  • James Island Town Hall
  • Seven Farms Drive behind Governor’s Park Dog Park (under I-526)
  • Bee’s Landing Recreation Center
  • The parking lot of Hampton Park, located on the corner of Ashley Avenue + Mary Murray Drive

Update: Sandbag distribution has been extended into Thursday, between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (weather permitting).

Whether you’re starting to draft your hurricane preparation list or are still wondering how serious Hurricane Ian may be, here are a few extra pro tips worth considering. (P.S. Stay up-to-date on the latest news about the storm here.)

📱 Stay in the know

Sign up to receive notifications from the SC Emergency Manager mobile app to stay informed on important weather updates. Download one of these apps for additional information.

⚡ Have safety smarts

When running generators, propane tanks, or camping stoves, make sure to use proper safety precautions to keep yourself and others safe.

🤝 Remember your neighbor

From a simple exchange of phone numbers + information to grouping your resources for a community hurricane party, working with others can help keep everyone safe.

🧳 Really though, be prepared

Not sure if you’re entirely prepared? Take a look at our hurricane kit checklist for more pro tips.