Weather Alerts

Driving Safely in Snow and on Icy Roads

Jan 3, 2018

Not used to driving in snow or on icy roads? The South Carolina Department of Public Safety suggests some things to keep in mind:

Speed - Slow down for wet, snowy, or icy conditions. You will be more likely to maintain control of your vehicle at lower speeds. Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These are all potential problem spots for black ice, which is a thin coating of clear ice that can form on the pavement surface that may be difficult to see especially at night.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks residents to prepare themselves and their homes for possible winter weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service expect a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain for much of the state beginning Friday evening and lasting through Saturday.

State and local agencies are reviewing emergency plans for winter weather and are urging everyone in South Carolina to consider preparations to keep your home, community, family, vehicles and pets safe.

Before a Winter Storm

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In coordination with local officials, Governor Nikki Haley on Sunday announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties as of 10:00 AM. At the request of local officials, evacuation orders for zones in Beaufort, Georgetown, Horry and Jasper counties remain in effect as local law enforcement and officials continue to assess areas for potential dangers.

Satellite image from the NOAA Geostationary Satellite Survey, Wednesday afternoon, Oct 5. 2016.
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Track Hurricane Matthew and see its projected path, mapped with data from the National Hurricane Center.

John Keefe, Louise Ma and Steve Melendez / WNYC Data News Team. Follow us @datanews, email us here.

Interactive Evacuation Map for Hurricane Matthew

Oct 7, 2016

This interactive map from the South Carolina Department of Transportation will give you the latest information on routes and lane reversals.

Linda O'Bryon / SC Public Radio

Friday morning Governor Nikki Haley said it will soon be too late to evacuate.  During the 11 AM press conference, the Governor said 310,000 residents had already evacuated the coast. That was up from 280,000 yesterday.  She adds anyone who hasn't or can't move inland should find a shelter to wait out the storm.

Officials: Last Chance to Evacuate

Oct 7, 2016
Alexandra Olgin
Cathy Bradberry

Officials say now is your last chance to evacuate. Once the rain and wind gets bad they warn it won’t be safe to drive. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says authorities went to low lying areas that are prone to flooding and knocked on doors to encourage people to leave.

“We are going back today to again. We will have our city buses there to transport if they need it. You flood under a major rain we don’t know exactly how high your waters are going to get. But you need to be safe. We will get you back to your homes as quickly as possible.”

Helpline for Shelter Locations: 866-246-0133

Oct 7, 2016

Evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Matthew should call 1-866-246-0133 to be directed to the nearest open emergency shelter anywhere in the state. The state’s public information phone system is operational 24 hours a day until South Carolina is no longer in danger.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division website, scemd.org, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Coastal evacuees currently traveling or without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line if they need assistance.

S.C. PUBLIC INFORMATION PHONE SYSTEM

1-866-246-0133

For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

Gov. Niki Haley and response team, Thu, Oct 6, 2016.
Russ McKinney / SC Public Radio

Gov. Nikki Haley Announces Evacuation Of Additional Areas In Jasper and Colleton Counties, Zone B

Residents and visitors in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton Counties should begin evacuating effective immediately TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6.  This evacuation is in addition to the previous evacuation for the areas of Jasper and Colleton Counties in Zone A, which went into effect yesterday, October 5.

All South Carolina shellfish beds will be closed at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016 in advance of Hurricane Matthew. This precautionary action is being taken because of the likelihood of the occurrence of heavy rainfall and storm water runoff as a result of the storm.

“All oyster, clam and mussel harvest areas will be closed on Friday at noon and remain closed until evaluated and re-opened by the Department,” said Mike Pearson, manager of DHEC’s Shellfish Sanitation Program. “Individual areas will be opened as soon as conditions are acceptable for the harvest of shellfish.”

Owners and operators of reservoirs in areas potentially impacted by rain and winds from Hurricane Matthew should check their dams and take appropriate steps to safely lower the water levels today and through the next several days in preparation for the storm, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Emergency Shelters Open

Oct 5, 2016

The South Carolina Response Team today announced the opening of shelters across the state for residents and visitors who are evacuating from coastal areas as Hurricane Matthew approaches. Shelters began opening on Wednesday, October 5, and as of 5 PM there are 32 shelters open.

Charleston County Hurricane Matthew Update

Oct 5, 2016

Charleston County Government announces the following shelters are now open:

  • North Charleston High School, 1087 E Montague Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405
  • Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Rd, North Charleston, SC 29418
  • A.C. Corcoran Elementary, 8585 Vistavia Rd, North Charleston, SC 29406
  • Midland Park Primary, 2415 Midland Park Road, North Charleston, SC 29406
  • Ladson Elementary, 3321 Ladson Rd, Ladson, SC 29456
  • Edmund A. Burns Elementary, 3750 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405 (Pet / Pet Owner Shelter)

Gov. Nikki Haley and other state officials during Tuesday press conference.
Thelisha Eaddy / SC Public Radio

As Hurricane Matthew threatens the southeastern United States, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina  

Residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5.  Residents and visitors in certain parts of bordering coastal counties – Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Jasper Counties – should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 PM TODAY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew.

As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.

National Weather Service Alerts for South Carolina

Oct 2, 2015

A current lists of alerts for South Carolina from the National Weather Service.

South Carolina Prepares for Severe Flooding

Oct 2, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Friday, October 2, 2015, 11:50 a.m.) – At 12:00 p.m., the South Carolina Emergency Management Division increased the state’s operational condition to Level 3. OpCon3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely in our state and that state agencies have been notified to staff positions at the State Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia. The SEOC is currently operating on a 24-hour schedule for the duration of the incident.

State Office Closings/Delays & Winter Weather Information

Feb 16, 2015

From the South Carolina Emergency Management Division on behalf of the Governor's Office: State Government offices in the following counties will operate delayed schedules due to inclement weather on Thursday, Feb 26, 2015: