Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Fourteen nests in Charleston area may have been destroyed.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
This was set to be a banner year for sea turtle nesting, but Hurricane Irene changed that. Volunteers were watching 23 nests on Isle of Palms and two nests on Sullivan’s Island. Friday’s storm surge from Hurricane Irene may have destroyed 14 of those nests, volunteers report. “The eggs are porous, and they can survive for a brief while under water, but just like humans, they need to breathe,” said Mary Pringle, project leader for the Island Turtle Team for Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms. One turtle nest hatched Saturday, which was a small victory, but Pringle and her volunteers are expecting a grim outcome for the other nests. Prior to the storm, nests had been hatching at an impressive 85 percent rate. In all, turtles laid 44 nests …
NASA animation shows Irene from start to finish
An animation of satellite observations showing the birth of Hurricane Irene in the Caribbean and the storm's track past South Carolina into Canada. You can see Irene's path is headed straight for South Carolina until a shift in the weather pushes the storm to the east. At her strongest, Irene grew to a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale and made landfalls in North Carolina, New Jersey and New York.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Coastal leaders search for ways to renourish storm-ravaged coast.
The Lowcountry mostly steared clear of much of Hurricane Irene's high winds and flooding rains, but now coastal communities are raising concerns about beach erosion. Even 160 or so miles off the coast, Irene still brought strong storm surges that proved ravaging to local beaches. On Monday, officials in the three Charleston beach communities began planning for how they will renourish eroded sand. “We’re seeing lots of beach erosion,” said Folly Beach City Administrator Toni Connor-Rooks. “We have about five homes that have been compromised.” On Monday, Folly Beach County Park on the west end of the island remained closed over fears about electrical wiring exposed during the storm. Folly Beach hasn’t looked this bad since 1993, when the …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Charleston area waters rise near flood stages.
Hurricane Irene brough high winds and strong surfs to the Lowcountry Friday. High tide was expected around 7 p.m., and an hour or so before that, many low-lying areas were already reaching flood stages. More rain was expected Friday evening. Friday afternoon, the eye of the hurricane was 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The storm is expected to brush coastal North Carolina and Virginia on Saturday. A much-weakened Irene will hit New York City on Sunday, prompting the first evacuation there in recent history. Send your photos of Hurricane Irene's effects to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload them here.
Workers sent home as Irene brings Tropical Storm conditions.
Charleston County Government has closed all non-essential offices today. Aside from law enforcement and emergency workers, the county has sent home all employees. "Right now in Charleston County, we are expecting high winds and marine activity from Irene," said Cathy Haynes, Charleston County Emergency Management Department’s Chief of Operations. "Secure any objects on your property like trash cans, lawn chairs, children’s toys, anything that could become a projectile. Stay out of water. This marine activity means rip currents, high seas and beach erosion through Saturday." In the wake of high wind and rains brought by Hurricane Irene, which is passing the area today, county schools were closed today as well. The storm is a Category 2 …
Thousands across the Lowcountry have lost power, according to SCE&G.
Aug. 26, 4:05 p.m.: SCE&G now reports most of Dorechester County's customers have electricity, with only 60 without. Berkeley County, meanwhile, only has 4. Charleston County, meanwhile, still has more than 2,600 without power. Aug. 26, 4 p.m.: SCE&G is reporting the following power outages around the Charleston area: Charleston County (2,913), Dorchester County (1,889) and Berkeley County (216). An updated weather story is coming soon, with the greatest impact expected in the next few hours. Aug. 26, 2:05 p.m.: The National Weather Service at 2 p.m. reports some good news. Hurricane Irene's maximum sustained winds have weakened slighty to 100 mph. The storm continues to move north and is expected to pass onto land in North Carolina on …
Severe weather from Irene prompts Friday closure.
Charleston County Schools will be closed Friday due to expected bad weather from the passing of Hurricane Irene. The storm is not expected to make landfall here, but the National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the South Carolina Coast. There could be flooding in some areas, and coastal waters are expected to turbulent. The 10 p.m. decision to close the schools was reached after considering the safety of students and employees, according to a school system statement. "Based on the current Hurricane Irene forecast — with a tropical storm warning in effect for our area and possible high winds tomorrow — as a safety precaution, CCSD has made the decision to cancel school on Friday," the statement reads.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Charleston County offices, schools closed Friday as Irene heads toward Carolinas.
Aug. 26, 5 a.m.: Updates for Friday will be available here. Aug. 25, 10:40 p.m.: Charleston County offices will also be closed on Friday. Aug. 25, 9:40 p.m.: The Charleston County School District has cancelled school Friday as a precautionary measure due to the possible tropical storm force winds expected to hit the region on Friday. Aug. 25, 5 p.m.: A tropical storm warning has been issued for Berkeley and Charleston counties. The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected in the next 36 hours. Under these conditions, damage should be limited to carports, awning and pool enclosures. Small branches could break off trees. Winds could be dangerous on bridges and there would likely only be isolated power outages. At 5 p.m., …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Area should be able to avoid significant impacts.
Aug. 24, 5 p.m.: Hurricane Irene continued to strengthen Wednesday afternoon, with winds at 120 mph as it moved closer toward the Bahamas. The storm is expected to reach 135 mph, making it a Category 4 before it heads into the open waters and on to likely impact coastal North Carolina. The major hurricane is expected to stay far enough off the South Carolina coast to avoid significant impacts in the Lowcountry. Showers and thunderstorms are expected Friday night. Aug. 24, 12:45 p.m.: In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Nikki Haley said no evacuations are expected as the track for Hurricane Irene stays off the coast. Near the North Carolina border, Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove will need to monitor the storm, but "this is now something …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Hurricane guide, evacuation routes, emergency preparations and breaking news.
Unable to shake a potential strike by Hurricane Irene, the Lowcountry prepared Tuesday for the season's first major hurricane. The storm's projected track would send the brunt of the storm farther up the coast, but a measure of unpredictability has the Charleston region getting ready for the worst. Gov. Nikki Haley updated reporters at 6 p.m. Tuesday about the disaster plan from West Columbia. Haley said emergency officials are very comfortable with the evacuation plans. She advises people to be watchful of any announcements and developing information about the hurricane. Haley has met with Emergency Management Division, the National Guard and the American Red Cross. An evacuation could be called as early as Thursday morning if Irene …