Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence Relief Effort 

The City of Isle of Palms Fire Department will partner with the Town of Sullivan’s Island Fire Department to assist North Carolina residents affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Florence.

Please donate supplies such as water, baby needs, non-perishable foods, building supplies, cleaning supplies, tarps, new blankets, personal hygiene products, or Walmart gift cards. Articles of clothing are not needed.

The City will be accepting donations through October 3, 2018.

Items may be dropped at the following drop sites:

  • Isle of Palms City Hall - 1207 Palm Boulevard
  • Isle of Palms Public Safety Building - 30 JC Long Boulevard
  • Isle of Palms Recreation Center – 24 Twenty-Eighth Avenue
  • Sullivan’s Island Fire Station – 2056 Middle Street

Thank you for your generosity.

September 16, 2018

  • The City of Isle of Palms is operating at OPCON 5, which means normal day-to-day operations.
  • City Hall and the Recreation Center will reopen on Monday, September 17th at 8:00 a.m.
  • Public Works will resume normal garbage collection services on Monday, September 17th.  

September 15, 2018

  • The City of Isle of Palms Police Department's Non-Emergency Number is working again 843-886-6522. For emergencies, please call 911.
  • Governor Henry McMaster has lifted the evacuation order for Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton and Dorchester counties as of noon today. 
  • Charleston County remains under a Tropical Storm Warning. Wind and rain will continue throughout the day. 
  • The City conducted an initial preliminary assessment of the island and there were no signs of significant damage. There are no flooded roads or downed trees.
  • The City will return to normal operations on Monday, September 17. Normal garbage collection schedule to resume on Monday, September 17. 

September 14, 2018

  • Due to the issues with the Public Safety Building’s administrative phone line we are now using a temporary phone number for non-emergency calls: 843-343-9979. For emergencies, please dial 911.

  • City of Isle of Palms remains operating at OPCON 1, which means that a disaster situation is occurring. 
  • Latest weather forecast from NOAA: The barrier islands extending from Isle of Palms to Seabrook Island remain under a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch. We expect to see tropical storm conditions move in later today, lasting through tonight and most of Saturday as Florence slowly tracks to the west further inland. Hurricane gusts will be possible tonight and Saturday as well. In addition to the winds, heavy rains will move in this afternoon and last through at least Saturday night, tapering off by Sunday. Expect to see between 4-6 inches of rain during this time, which could result in flooding of roadways. A Storm Surge Watch remains in effect for this entire area with the potential of 2-4 feet inundation possible during the time of high tide today through Saturday night. The combination of the storm surge and heavy rains will exacerbate any ongoing flooding.

  • Hurricane Florence made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane at 7:15 a.m. this morning. Dangerous winds (55 mph+) may arrive in Isle of Palms today and overnight into Saturday morning and 2' to 4' storm surge is expected along our coastline. If you did not evacuate and have time, bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. Also, have a flood plan ready and move essential items to an upper level. If water begins rising, move quickly to higher ground. 

  • Please follow the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date weather related information on Hurricane Florence.
  • Charleston County's Citizens Information line is open for 24 hours (843) 746 - 3900. 

  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 

  • The City's Police Department Non-Emergency Line is (843) 886 - 6522. 

  • Report power outages to SCE&G at 1-888-333-4465.

  • City of Isle of Palms is prepared to mitigate and respond to the impacts of Hurricane Florence on our community:

    • A total of 60 essential personnel from all City Departments assigned to the event
    • 45 yards of sand and 3,200 sand bags delivered to the Municipal Parking Lot for
    •  20 chainsaws ready to deploy
    • 6 pumps and Public Works operators on standby  to maintain roads clear and ensure public safety personnel access in the event of flooding. Pumps are located at 31A and Palm, 46th Avenue, 50th, 51st and 52nd and additional one for PD use.
    • Normal garbage collection schedule on Monday, 9/10 and Tuesday, 9/11 and yard debris pick up on Wednesday, 9/12
    • 4 portable generators
    • 2 IT backup systems in City Hall, 6 in Public Safety Building and IT manager on stand by
    • 478 hurricane re-entry stickers issued since Friday, September 7th
    • Increased Police Department patrols to protect property and prevent looting

September 13, 2018

  • City of Isle of Palms remains operating at OPCON 1, which means that a disaster situation is occurring. 
  • The Municipal Emergency Operations Center is located at City Hall, 1207 Palm Boulevard.
  • The City could experience tropical storm force winds of 30-40 mph with gusts to 50 mph and 2'-4' storm surge. The weather is expected to degrade starting Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16.
  • Please follow the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date weather related information on Hurricane Florence. 
  • Charleston County's Citizens Information line is open for 24 hours (843) 746 - 3900. 

  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 

  • The City's Police Department Non-Emergency Line is (843) 886 - 6522. 

  • The Hurricane Re-Entry Sticker is only necessary IF access to the island is restricted immediately AFTER a storm. Access to the island after a storm may be restricted while public safety personnel assess damages and safety conditions. The 2018 Beach Season Resident Parking Decals and Wild Dunes Owners stickers will also serve as hurricane re-entry pass. 

  • Public Works personnel are on call for tomorrow in the event that pumping operations are necessary to maintain roads clear and ensure public safety personnel access.

  • Isle of Palms Police Department has increased patrols to protect property and prevent looting.

  • Message from SCE&G - Stay away from downed power lines – storms can cause tree limbs and entire trees to break and fall, sometimes taking power lines and even meter boxes down with them.  Always assume any downed power line you see is live and stay away. To report a downed line, call 888-333-4465.

  • Power outages are expected as a result of Hurricane Florence. Make sure you operate your generator properly and prevent prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Read more Generator Safety Tips. 
  • Isle of Palms Marina Operation Hours:
    • Isle of Palms Marina Market and Dock
      • Thursday, September 13 - Open until 5:00 p.m.
      • Friday, September 14 - Open between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. 
      • Saturday, September 15 - Closed
      • Sunday, September 16 - Expected to open at 6:00 a.m. 
    • Isle of Palms Marina Docks 
      • Friday, September 14 - Closed
      • Saturday, September 15 - Closed 
      • Sunday, September 16 - Expected to open at 6:30 a.m. 
    • Morgan Creek Grill Restaurant- Closed until further notice

September 12, 2018

  • Mayor Carroll has signed a Proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for the City of Isle of Palms. 
  • As of 8:00 a.m., the City moved to OPCON level 1, which means that a disaster situation is occurring.
  • The Governor's evacuation order is in effect. Residents are urged to heed the Governor's order and evacuate the island. 
  • The Hurricane Re-Entry Sticker is only necessary IF access to the island is restricted immediately AFTER a storm. Access to the island after a storm may be restricted while public safety personnel assess damages and safety conditions. The 2018 Beach Season Resident Parking Decals and Wild Dunes Owners stickers will also serve as hurricane re-entry pass. 
  • Charleston County's Citizens Information line is open for 24 hours (843) 746 - 3900. 

  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 
  • The City's Police Department Non-Emergency Line is (843) 886 - 6522. 

September 11, 2018

  • The City remains operating at OPCON 2, which means that an emergency situation is imminent. 
  • Charleston County is under Hurricane Watch.
  • The Governor's mandatory evacuation takes effect today, September 11, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Residents are advised to follow the evacuation order and be prepared to evacuate Isle of Palms due to the potential impacts from Hurricane Florence. 
  • City Hall and Recreation Center will be closed today at noon until further notice. 
  • Public Works will collect garbage today from 30th Avenue through Wild Dunes. 
  • Charleston Count Recycling has been suspended until further notice. 
  • The Hurricane Re-Entry Sticker is only necessary IF access to the island is restricted immediately AFTER a storm. Access to the island after a storm may be restricted while public safety personnel assess damages and safety conditions. The 2018 Beach Season Resident Parking Decals and Wild Dunes Owners stickers will also serve as hurricane re-entry pass.  
  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 
  • The City's Police Department Non-Emergency Line is (843) 886 - 6522. 
  • SCDHEC Emergency Orders for Sandbags, Sand Scraping & Minor Renourishment - Effective from September 11, 2018 - November 12, 2018. 

3:00 p.m., September 10, 2018

  • As of 3:00 p.m. today, the City of Isle of Palms is operating at OPCON 2, which means that an emergency situation is imminent. 
  • Governor McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation order for all SC Coastal Counties, beginning at noon tomorrowSeptember 11. I-26 Lane reversal will also go into effect tomorrow at noon. Mandatory medical evacuation, including hospitals and nursing homes, are starting today. 
  • The South Carolina Hurricane Guide has valuable information and tips of what to do to prepare for a hurricane and what steps to take before you evacuate. 
  • Charleston County offices will be closed tomorrow, September 11.
  • City Hall and Recreation Center will be closed Tuesday, September 11 at noon until further notice. 
  • Hurricane Re-entry Stickers will be issued at the Public Safety Building located at 30 JC Long Boulevard until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11.
  • The Planning Commission meeting and Municipal Court on Wednesday, September 12 have been canceled until further notice.
  •  IOP Public Works will collect garbage from 30th Avenue through Wild Dunes Tuesday, September 11.
  • Charleston County Recycling will be suspended Tuesday, September 11 until further notice. 
  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 

September 10, 2018

  • *UPDATE* Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all zones in Charleston County. Evacuation will take place tomorrow, September 11 at 12:00 p.m. 
  • City of Isle of Palms remains operating at OPCON level 3. 
  • Latest information from the National Weather Service: There is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence: storm surge at the coast, freshwater flooding from a prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall event inland, and damaging hurricane-force winds. While it is too soon to determine the exact timing, location and magnitude of these impacts interests at the coast and inland from South Carolina into the mid-Atlantic region should closely monitor the progress of Florence, ensure they have their hurricane plan in place, and follow any advice given by local officials. Large swells affecting Bermuda and portions of the U.S. East Coast will continue this week. These swells will result in life-threatening surf and rip currents.  
  • City of Isle of Palms is urging residents to finalize their emergency preparedness plan. 
  • Updates regarding trash collection schedule, court dates, and rescheduled meetings (if needed) will be provided through the City's website, social media and other media outlets.  
  • To help mitigate the impacts of Hurricane Florence, the City will provide sand and sandbags at the Municipal Parking Lot located on Pavilion Drive. Please note that sand and sandbags will be available on a first come/first serve basis, and limited to 10 sand bags per resident. The sandbags are free of charge. 
  • For Police and Fire emergencies, please dial 911. For water and sewer questions or emergencies, please contact the Isle of Palms Water and Sewer Commission at (843) 886-6148. 

Read the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's 2018 Hurricane Guide. 

Updated Hurricane Evacuation Zones: Know your Zone


September 9, 2018

  • City of Isle of Palms is operating at OPCON level 3 as of 10:00 a.m. this morning. 
  • City Administration and Department Heads participated in a staff meeting today at 11:00 a.m. at City Hall to finalize emergency preparedness plans. Staff also participated in a conference call with the Tri-County partners to stay up to date on the County and State's plan and to discuss preparations in response to potential impacts from Hurricane Florence.
  • City is planning on operating normal hours Monday, September 10 starting at 8:00 a.m. The City will continue to follow the County’s lead regarding government office closings and OPCON levels. 
  • The City will initiate a sand bag operation Monday, September 10 at the Municipal Parking Lot. Sand and sanbags will be available for residents, however, residents will need to fill their own bags. Once the sand and sandbags are in place, the City will notify residents via the website and social media. The Public Works Department will conduct normal garbage collection operations Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11 with limited resources devoted to yard and debris pick up as well. 

September 8, 2018

  • Latest information from the National Weather Service: Florence is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast U.S. coast by late next week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Wednesday evening.
  • Governor Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency. 
  • The City of Isle of Palms  is calling all citizens to make preparations now for the potential impacts of Florence. Staff has participated in daily conference calls to remain up-to-date on the storm’s path and potential impacts. While the path of Florence remains uncertain, citizens should take the time to review emergency plans and check supplies.
  • The City of Isle of Palms remains at OPCON 4 with a plan to move to OPCON 3, which means that a disaster or emergency situation is likely or imminent, at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow, September 9. 
  • The City will activate the Municipal Emergency Operations Center Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 a.m. 
  • The Isle of Palms Non-Emergency Number is (843) 886-6522

Know Your Evacuation Zone: Become familiar with evacuation routes. Residents must plan their evacuation now. 

Prepare to evacuate if ordered to do so: Residents should fill up their cars with gas. Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car. Secure important documents in waterproof packaging. 

In the event of a mandatory evacuation, Isle of Palms resident must have a hurricane re-entry sticker in order to return to the island after a storm. To request a Hurricane Re-Entry Sticker visit the Public Safety Building at 30 J.C. Long Boulevard. The 2018 Beach Season Resident Parking decals and Wild Dunes Owners stickers will also allow residents to return to the island after a storm.

Protect the Home: Make plans to properly clear property of outdoor furniture and debris that could damage the home during a hurricane. 

A sandy path leading to the beach.