The Town of Kiawah Island, KICA, and Charleston County Emergency Management officials are actively monitoring Hurricane Michael as it approaches the Florida Panhandle Coast. Charleston County is currently under a tropical storm watch.
Hurricane Michael is forecasted to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. Michael is then expected to move northeastward across southeast Georgia and South Carolina through Thursday as a tropical storm.
Charleston County is expected to experience tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall, isolated tornadoes, flooding, and dangerous surf conditions with significant impacts starting late Wednesday through Thursday and dissipating after that.
Specifically, our area can expect sustained winds of 25-35 mph; wind gusts up to 45 mph; 2-3 inches of rain and elevated risk of rip currents. Since Kiawah is expecting King Tides on Wednesday and Thursday, tide levels will be above average.
Wednesday High Tide
9:46 a.m. – 7.19 ft
9:58 p.m. – 6.63 ft
Thursday High Tide
10:33 a.m. – 7 ft
10:43 p.m. – 6.3 ft.
– KICA is deploying water depth markers in areas prone to flooding.
– KICA has set its drainage system to reduce pond levels.
– TOKI Trash collection is running on its regular schedule, but that could change.
– KICA’s Grand Opening Soiree event remains scheduled for Friday, but that could change.
Members should continue to monitor the weather along with official communications from the Town and KICA. Members should also secure loose items around their property that could be damaged or become projectiles in heavy wind.
While KICA will continue to keep you updated, we ask that you consult the National Hurricane Center and these other useful links for official information on the developing situation.
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