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Visit Beaufort, Port Royal & Sea Islands is currently monitoring Hurricane Idalia and will provide updates as the situation unfolds. Visitors to the state and city should continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Idalia over the next couple of days.
***The Visitor Center will be closed on 8/30 and 8/31 for Hurricane Idalia. Please check any reservations you may have.***
The effects of Hurricane IDALIA are more severe than first anticipated for our area due to strengthening overnight off the coast of Florida. Storm speed has also increased, and it is moving North-Northeast at 18 mph.
Strong tropical storm force winds are expected to pick up by early afternoon through the evening. Citizens are advised to shelter in place, if possible and to avoid bridges once the strong winds arrive. Any decision to close bridges will be made by SC DOT and will be shared ASAP.
In addition to the King Tide at 9:40 p.m. tonight, we can also expect an additional storm surge of 3 to 5 feet which will lead to flooding in low lying areas and other areas which are historically prone to flooding. People in these areas are encouraged to seek higher ground as soon as possible.
Jasper County has opened a pet-friendly shelter at Ridgeland High School. See information at the bottom of this post regarding the shelter.
We also expect to see trees down during this storm. Our Public Works Department will address this once the storm has passed and once it is safe for them to be out.
If you see downed power lines, STAY AWAY. Always assume they are energized. Keep in mind, downed lines may not always be visible so use extra caution when walking outside after a storm.
Thank you for your vigilance, and please stay safe.
Check our IDALIA update page to keep up to date; https://www.cityofbeaufort.org/705/IDALIA-Updates
Shelter at Ridgeland High School, 250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland
PLEASE DO NOT CALL 911 REGARDING THE SHELTER AND NEEDS, CALL 843-726-4421.
People coming to the shelter, located at 250 Jaguar Trail in Ridgeland, should bring with them the following:
• Personal hygiene products.
• Bedding items such as their own blankets and pillows
• Important documents for identification,
• A 3 day supply food for those with restrictive diets,
• At least a 7 day supply of any medications along with prescription information.
• A more extensive list of items can be viewed from DHEC.
Residents seeking shelter with their pets MUST bring a crate, pet food, vaccination records and rabies certificate, most recent heartworm test, most recent FeLV/FIV test result (for cats), at least a 7 day supply of their medications, litter and litterbox (for cats), cleaning supplies, food and water bowls. Pets who are not service animals will not be permitted in the main shelter area due to safety considerations.
For the latest forecast information, please refer to the National Hurricane Center HERE.
View the South Carolina Hurricane Guide HERE.