Hurricane Michael

October 10, 2018

City Hall and Recreation Center are open and at normal day-to-day operations.

The City will return to OPCON 5 today at 5:00 p.m.

No significant damage reported. 

Public Works will continue to pick up yard debris today. 

October 9, 2018

The City of Isle of Palms remains at OPCON 4, which means that the possibility of an emergency or disaster exists. We will move to OPCON 3, which means that an emergency or disaster is likely, today at 5:00 p.m.

The latest from the National Weather Service is that Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm located 410 miles southwest of Charleston moving at 14 mph with sustained winds of 150 mph. It is expected that the storm reduces intensity after it makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle. 

The biggest concern for the Charleston area is an increasing threat of tornadoes starting tonight throughout Thursday evening. In the event of a tornado, go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house or building. 

The Isle of Palms should expect 1-2 inches of rain and sustained winds of 25-35 mph, with wind gusts of up to 45 mph in rain bands. No significant storm surge is expected, other than what we are experiencing with the high tides. Conditions are expected to improve by Thursday evening.

At this time, the City is planning to continue with normal operations tomorrow, October 11th at City Hall and the Recreation Center. Cancellations of any scheduled Rec programs or athletics will be posted on the Rainout Hotline. Participants are encouraged to sign up to receive notifications. Public Works will collect yard debris and miscellaneous while it is safe to do so. 

Citizens are advised to make sure all windows and doors are latched, stow and secure any loose items and furniture inside, tie down heavy objects, have cash in hand, and fuel vehicles. 

For Police and Fire emergencies, please call 911.

The Police Department non-emergency number is (843) 886-6522. 

Charleston County Citizen's Information Line will be active from noon - 8:00 p.m. 

  • (843) 746-3900
  • Spanish (843) 746-3909
  • TTY (843) 746-3911

Please follow the City's official Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up to date with information related to Hurricane Michael. 


October 9, 2018.

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm and expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle tomorrow, October  10th. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Charleston County.  A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Significant weather is expected to arrive in the Isle of Palms late Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning. According to the National Weather Service, life-threatening rip currents expected throughout Thursday. Approximately 3-5 inches of rain are expected along with sustained winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts pf up to 40 mph. Isolated tornadoes are possible, mainly Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. 

Please follow the National Weather Service for the most up-to-date weather related information on Hurricane Michael.

The City of Isle of Palms moved to OPCON 4 at noon Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

The City does not anticipate any closures at this time. The Recreation Center programs and activities also remain on schedule.

Public Works will continue with normal garbage collection schedule. 

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

To help mitigate the impacts of Hurricane Michael, the City will provide sand for sand bags at the Municipal Parking Lot located on Pavilion Drive. Citizens may pick up the sand bags at the Public Safety Building located at 30 JC Long Boulevard. Please note that sand and sandbags will be available on a first come/first serve basis, and limited to 10 sand bags per resident. Citizens will need to fill their owns bags. The sand bags are free of charge. 

For Police and Fire emergencies, please call 911.

The Police non-emergency number is 843-886-6522.

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.

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Please follow the City’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts to stay up to date with information related to Hurricane Michael.



A sandy path leading to the beach.