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Hurricane Ian: Where the power outages are and the sheriff has an update

As Ian moved up the South Carolina coast offshore from the Lowcountry, about 2800 residents have no power, most of those are customers of Dominion Energy. Many of those are on Daufuskie Island. They say the power was on and off last night and today. Some 1900 homes are experiencing outages on the barrier islands, Fripp and Hunting.

At this time, Palmetto Electric says there are no outages in their service area. Crews and employees are stationed at our offices and are prepared for any outages that may occur throughout the day. As weather conditions permit, crews will respond to outages as quickly and safely as possible. Their lobbies and drive-thrus will remain closed today.

Remember to report outages by calling PowerTouch at 1-866-445-5551 or by using MyEnergy Online or the MyEnergy mobile app.

Meanwhile Sheriff Tanner has issued this update and statement.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office continues to monitor Hurricane Ian and its potential impacts on our community. Currently, we are seeing rain and sustained winds of 28 mph and wind gusts of up to 47 mph in some areas of the county. Although it appears we are out of the danger zone, flooding and wind damage is still a concern. High tide will peak today at approximately 1:00 p.m.   We are still under a hurricane warning, storm surge warning, flood watch, rip current advisory, and high surf advisory.  If you need to report a downed tree or storm-related damage, please call our non-emergency number at 843-524-2777 and reserve calling 911 for emergencies.

Beaufort County Public Works

Beaufort County Public Works Command Center (PWCC) was partially activated at 1600 hrs. on 9/29/22. Beaufort County ESF-3/14 at EOC was activated at 1800 hrs. on 9/29/22.

  • Public works has two debris crews (5 people per crew) and two on-call crews (2 people per crew).
  • PW command center has 5 staff manning the center

Since activation PW has received 15 calls, mainly power line or trees down. No reports at this time of any flooding issues. One tree on the house was reported, and no citizen was inside.

Beaufort County Airports

Hilton Head and Beaufort Executive Airports are closed. Hilton Head Airport is scheduled to reopen Saturday at 10AM.

County Convenience Centers

Convenience centers are closed and are scheduled to reopen on Saturday. Hours will be extended one hour beyond regular operating time on Saturday and will open one hour early and extend one hour later on Sunday.

(Saturday operation hours 0730-1900 hrs. Sunday operation hours 0630-1900 hrs.)

Beaufort County Parks and Recreation

County Parks and Recreation department is operating a skeleton crew at Buckwalter Recreation Center to assist the National Guard advance team at Buckwalter Recreation Center.

Daufuskie Island Ferry Update--Service Suspended

Hurricane Ian continues to move off to the northeast. Ferry service to Daufuskie Island is suspended at this time with the exception of emergency medivac needs.

Captain Richard Inglis and the management team will evaluate the situation on an hourly basis and will adapt as conditions warrant. Updates will be shared immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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