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Storm System with High Winds Expected Tuesday

The National Weather Service reports that a strong storm system will impact the Kiawah Island area Tuesday into Tuesday night, bringing a threat for

severe weather, strong winds, rainfall, and dangerous beach and marine conditions.

Wind gusts of 50-60 mph, and up to 75 mph, are the most significant severe weather threat. Sustained winds of 30-40 mph are predicted and tornadoes are possible. Strong winds will cause hazardous marine conditions starting late Monday night with high surf and breaking waves of 5-7 feet.

The main band of precipitation will come through Tuesday afternoon into early Tuesday evening. The worst storm conditions are expected between 3-7 p.m. Rainfall totals are predicted at 1-2 inches.

Moderate coastal flooding has been predicted, especially related to the morning high tide at 6:11 a.m. Originally predicted to be 5.9 feet, it is now forecasted to be 7.7 feet. The evening high tide is at 6:18 p.m.


Take some time today to prepare by considering your Tuesday travel plans, securing outdoor furniture, and gathering an emergency kit in case of a power outage.

The community association has been monitoring the storm and has taken the appropriate steps to increase the island’s drainage system capacity. Several drainage outfalls have been closed to incoming tides or opened to drain with outgoing tides. Major storm drains have recently been cleaned.



View Berkeley Electric’s website to view a map of power outages or to report an outage.


Kiawah Island Community Association

The community association will close the Sandcastle and Beachwalker Center offices on Tuesday at 12 p.m.

Town of Kiawah Island

The town’s municipal center will close at 12 p.m. The Ways and Means Committee meeting and Town Council meeting scheduled for tomorrow have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10. See more information on the town’s website.