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Kiawah Prepares for Hurricane Florence, Avoids Direct Strike

After storm models indicated a probable east coast strike for the then-Category 4 Hurricane Florence, Governor Henry McMaster issued an evacuation notice for coastal South Carolina on Sept. 10. The path’s uncertainty kept the area on alert even after the storm made landfall as a Category 1 storm near Wilmington, North Carolina.

In preparation for the storm, pond levels were lowered in anticipation of the record rain Florence was predicted to bring. KICA Security staff maintained a presence on the island for the duration of the event, ensuring that member’s safety and property would be protected. Island access was restricted by Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies stationed on Betsy Kerrison Parkway.

In the end, Kiawah was fortunate. Rain and wind from the storm were minimal, and the evacuation order was lifted on Sept. 15. Staff from KICA’s Land and Lakes department arrived the day after the storm, and soon debris collection and low pond levels were the few signs there had been a storm.

KICA COO Jimmy Bailey commented on the teamwork that enabled island entities to work together with remarkable efficiency. “KICA extends its thanks to the Town of Kiawah Island and all those involved in Kiawah’s Emergency Management plan. The unique governance structure on Kiawah requires significant coordination between entities and a spirit of cooperation. Special thanks to Mayor Weaver and Town Administrator Stephanie Tillerson for their leadership.”

The Kiawah Cares Foundation will collect donations through Oct. 19 to help those affected by the devastating flooding caused by Florence in North Carolina. Find out more on page 3.