Hurricane Ian - Hurricane Warning in Effect

1:00 p.m., September 28, 2022

The City of Isle of Palms is closely monitoring the storm and the potential impacts to our area.  City Department Heads continue to meet daily to review and provide update on storm preparations, ensure buildings and facilities are secured, all necessary equipment and resources are on hand and operational, and essential & public safety personnel are on standby.  

A Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Watch are in effect in our area. 

Weather Overview and Expected Impacts

Hurricane Ian is forecast to exit the east Florida coast and remain a tropical storm before turning toward the north northwest and pushing onshore across our coastline late this
week. As a land falling tropical storm, Ian is expected to produce heavy rain, storm surge inundation, gusty winds, a variety of coastal and marine hazards and perhaps isolated tornadoes and waterspouts. Future track adjustments are possible which could alter storm impacts and timing.

Timing: The greatest impacts are likely to occur Thursday night into Saturday.

Rainfall: Moderate Risk for excessive rainfall , 4-8 inches and potential higher amounts along the coast. 

Coastal Hazards: The risk for coastal flooding will increase with the high tides beginning on Wednesday. Tides could reach moderate to major coastal flood levels Thursday morning, Thursday evening into Saturday. Any rainfall that coincides with high tide will exacerbate coastal flooding. High surf, dangerous rip currents, and beach erosion are expected.

Winds: Gusty winds, possibly to tropical storm force, are expected to develop Wednesday night through Friday. Winds will be highest over the coastal waters and along the immediate coast . Gusty winds and saturated ground could contribute to localized downed trees.

Tornadoes: Isolated brief tornadoes/waterspouts are possible late Thursday night into Friday.

City Operations

Sandbag Operations: Sand and sandbags will be available on a first come, first serve basis for IOP residents starting September 28 at 9:00 a.m. at the Municipal Parking Lot on Pavilion Drive. 

Closures: City offices and the Recreation Center will be closed on Friday. All Recreation Department programs and classes cancelled for Friday, September 30. The Public dock at the IOP Marina and the public restrooms at Front Beach will be closed on Friday as well. 

Suggested preparations:

  • Citizens should avoid unnecessary travel due to possible localized flooding caused by potential heavy rainfall.
  • Please remove any items around your home that could cause damage due to the potential for strong wind gusts.
  • Please follow directions on traffic and message boards for road closure information and remind the public, “Turn around, Don’t drown.”
  • In the event of possible flooding, citizens are asked not to drive around barricades or drive through standing water.

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