Hurricane Irma - Updates

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma - Situation Report 

City of Isle of Palms began post storm recovery efforts early this morning. City staff continues conducting damage assessment related to Hurricane Irma throughout the day.

City offices are fully staffed and back to normal operations as of 8:00 a.m. today. The Recreation Center is open and fully staffed as well.

All roads are now open. Some roads still have standing water but are all passable.

Public Works personnel are focusing efforts in picking up debris from the roadways, clearing storm drains.  The City is asking residents to avoid putting out debris near fire hydrants. Residential garbage and trash collection will be delayed two (2) days (Monday routes will run on Wednesday, September 13th and Tuesday routes on Thursday, September 14th.) Charleston County Recycling collections will resume on Wednesday, September 13 on a two-day delay. 

SCE&G has fully restored power on the island.

Hurricane Irma Coastal Recovery and Requirements - Emergency Orders for Sandbags, Sand Scraping and Minor Renourishment

Monday, September 11, 2017

  • 3:27 p.m. - Please avoid flooded waters. These are salt water flood conditions and the water may contain hazards and contaminants.
  • 3:21 p.m. - Vehicles are getting flooded. Citizens should stay off Isle of Palms, SC. Those who are on the island should shelter in place and stay off the roads.
  • 3:20 p.m. - Isle of Palms, SC roads are impassible. Roads normally used for detours are also flooded so there is no way to avoid the flooded roads.
  • 3:16 p.m. - We are asking residents to please stay put. The flooding situation is significant and challenging for public safety personnel to divert and re-route traffic. We need everyone to stay indoors and avoid being out on the streets.
  • 2:43 p.m. - Isle of Palms, SC has many impassable, flooded streets. Please stay indoors and avoid flood waters.
  • 2:07 p.m. - Please stay out of the storm water due to hazards and possible contaminants. Weather conditions are unsafe. Please stay home.
  • 12:49 p.m. -  Tornado warning issued for Charleston County. Stay safe inside.
  • 9:06 a.m. - Peak storm surge inundation: potential for 4-6 ft above ground. Storm surge will be paired with 6.2 high tide at noon and 4-8” rainfall.
  • 9:00 a.m. - Peak wind forecast for Isle of Palms, SC : 35-45 mph with gusts to 65 mph.
  • 8:57 a.m. - Tropical storm and storm surge warning in effect for Isle of Palms, SC. Please remain indoors until hazardous winds subside this evening.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

  • 2:41 p.m. - City of Isle of Palms issues Press Release. 
  • 2:06 p.m. -  Isle of Palms, SC City offices closed & garbage collection suspended on Monday. Emergency Operations will be operational throughout the storm.
  • 1:52 p.m. - If you live in a flood prone area, expect flooding. Expected storm surge of 4-6 ft will be paired with high tide & significant rainfall.
  • 1:50 p.m. - Impact from Hurricane Irma will increase today, peaking tomorrow. Impacts include flooding, storm surge, rainfall & rip currents.
  • 1:44 p.m. - Mayor Dick Cronin has declared a State of Emergency on Isle of Palms, SC in advance of Hurricane Irma.
  • 1:43 p.m. - IOP Moves to Operating Condition 1, which means a disaster or emergency situation is in effect & emergency response operation is ongoing.
  • 12:55 p.m. - Please stay OFF the beach. It is not safe.
  • 12:15 p.m. - Latest Update from the National Hurricane Center. 
  • 9:34 a.m. - Isle of Palms, SC City offices will be closed tomorrow, Monday, September 11.
  • 9:17 a.m. - Please prepare for strong wind impacts. Efforts to secure property should be near completion now. Tropical Storm winds expected to affect IOP Monday morning throughout the evening.
  • 9:13 a.m. - Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Isle of Palms, SC. Wind forecast: 30-40 mph with gusts to 55 mph. Storm surge: 4-6 ft. Monday am & pm.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • 2:35 p.m. - Isle of Palms, SC residents may expect power outages.
  • 2:34 p.m. - Worse conditions expected Mon between 10am-3pm with possibly 3-4ft above the expected 6ft midday high tide. Also, 4-6 in of rain predicted.
  • 2:32 p.m. - Due to extreme conditions, please stay out of the water. As the weather degrades it may be unsafe to execute water rescues.
  • 2:28 p.m. - City of Isle of Palms remains at OPCON 2.

Friday, September 8, 2017

  • 8:45 p.m. - No mandatory evacuation issued for Isle of Palms, SC . However, storm surge, heavy rain, flooding and strong winds expected Sunday pm & Monday.
  • 3:09 p.m. -

    Latest Update (2:00 p.m.) from the National Hurricane Center:

    Extremely dangerous Hurricane Irma is centered at 2 p.m. EDT about 380 miles (610 km) southeast of Miami. Irma has been moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h), but the hurricane should resume a west-northwest motion later today. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday. On the forecast track, the eye of Irma should continue to move near the north coast of Cuba and the central Bahamas for the rest of today and Saturday, and be near the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula Sunday morning. Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph (250 km/h) with higher gusts.

  • 2:36 p.m. - Isle of Palms, SC Non- Emergency Number: (843) 886-6522.
  • 1:38 p.m. - Isle of Palms, SC moved to Operating Condition 2 at noon. This means that a disaster or emergency situation is in effect & maximum preparedness level. 
  • 1:12 p.m. - City Hall closed today at noon & will remain closed on Monday, Sept 11. Hurricane Re-Entry stickers issued at the Public Safety Building until 5:00 p.m.
  • 11:05 a.m. - SC Emergency Management Division has a hotline 1-866-246-0133 for questions about the state's response to the hurricane & safety precautions.
  • 10:24 a.m. - Sand has been delivered to the Large Municipal Lot on Pavilion Drive.
  • 9:33 a.m. - Download the SCDOT 511 app on your phone today. You can find your evacuation route and view real time traffic all across the state.
  • 9:17 a.m. - Learn about Isle of Palms, SC Emergency Evacuation process. Hurricane re-entry stickers will be issued until 5pm today. 
  • 9:14 a.m. - More sand and sand bags to be delivered to the Large Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive this morning.
  • 9:08 a.m. - Circle K on Palm Blvd. has fuel.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • 7:20 p.m. - Tell your neighbors to follow the City's official Facebook page for the most up to date and accurate information about the City's response to Hurricane Irma.
  • 5:02 p.m. - Sand bags are available at the Public Safety Building. More sand being delivered to the Municipal Parking Lot this afternoon & tomrw morning. 

  • 4:39 p.m. - It is important to know your evacuation zone & route.

  • 4:25 p.m. - IOPPD will issue Hurricane Re-Entry Stickers until 5pm tomorrow ONLY to IOP Residents w proof of residency & vehicle registration.
  • 4:10 p.m. - Sand bags available at the Public Safety Building for Isle of Palms, SC residents ONLY. Sand at the Large Municipal Parking lot for residents ONLY.
  • 3:50 p.m. - Sand is now available at the Large Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive for Isle of Palms, SC Residents ONLY. No sand bags as of yet.

  • 3:47 p.m. - Land fuel dispensers at the IOP Marina are open 24hrs with credit/debit card. Store closes at 8pm.

  • 3:40 p.m. - Fuel available at the Isle of Palms Marina, 41st Ave. Circle K on Palm Blvd. still out of fuel.
  • 3:23 p.m. - South Carolina Coastal Evacuation Routes 
  • 3:22 p.m. - The impact of Hurricane Irma to SC coast will likely be between Monday and Tuesday. Please prepare for potential major impact & have a plan.
  • 3:16 p.m. - If you, or someone you know, need help for an evacuation, please call the non-emergency number: 843-886-6522
  • 3:13 p.m. - When an evacuation is ordered you should:

    -Unplug all major electrical items
    -Turn off breakers located in your home
    -Make sure doors and windows are properly locked
    -Turn off your water (individual water shutoff valve is generally located in your water heater closet)
    -Move all porch furniture and outside items to the inside of your home

  • 3:07 p.m. - Public Safety Committee Meeting scheduled for Monday has been cancelled.
  • 2:59 p.m. - Governor will issue a mandatory evacuation order for Saturday morning.
  • 1:06 p.m. - Youth & Adult programs at the Recreation Center cancelled for Friday, Sept 8, Monday, Sept 11 and Tuesday, Sept 12.
  • 12:49 p.m. - Hurricane re-entry stickers will be issued until 5pm tomorrow, Sept. 8 at the Public Safety Bldg. at 30 JC Long Blvd. 
  • 12:39 p.m. - Know your evacuation zone & evacuation routes IN CASE an evacuation order is called. 
  • 11:02 a.m. - Know what to do before a hurricane to prepare. 
  • 10:00 a.m. - No more sand bags available at Isle of Palms, SC . We are working diligently in getting additional sand delivered today.
  • 9:51 a.m. - No fuel available at the Circle K on Palm Blvd. The Isle of Palms Marina still has fuel available.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  • 8:49 p.m. - Although the magnitude & timing of the impact of Hurricane Irma to SC coast remains uncertain at this time, please start preparations now.
  • 4:50 p.m. - No more sand bags or sand available at Isle of Palms, SC. 
  • 4:15 p.m. - If you have not done so already, start preparing a hurricane kit today. Here are some tips to help you get started. 
  • 1:00 p.m. - Governor Henry McMaster declares State of Emergency for South Carolina due to potential impact of Hurricane Irma. 
  • 12:00 p.m. - City of Isle of Palms moves to Operating Condition 4, which means that there is a possibility of an emergency or disaster situation. 


A sandy path leading to the beach.