Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division is currently monitoring Hurricane Idalia and any impacts that it may have on Beaufort County and the Lowcountry. Currently, Beaufort County is under a tropical storm warning. We anticipate feeling some effects of the storm on August 30, 2023, beginning in the morning with rainfall. We may see wind effects beginning mid-afternoon.
Based on current forecasts, low-lying areas of Beaufort County that have experienced flooding during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma or those who live in low-lying areas prone to flooding should pay close attention to storm surge warnings. In preparation for storm conditions, residents and visitors are encouraged to secure outdoor items such as trash cans, patio furniture, hanging planters, and any other items that may become airborne. Also, please ensure all drains near your home are free of debris.
There are no plans to restrict driving within the county; however, we encourage all residents and visitors to limit unnecessary travel during peak storm hours tomorrow into Thursday morning. Standing water may be possible on the roadways due to rain accumulation. Any wind-related bridge closures would ordered by the South Carolina Department of Transportation, not Beaufort County officials.
Please stay informed through official sources regarding the latest developments on Hurricane Idalia and avoid misinformation spread through social media. Residents and visitors are encouraged to follow the projected path of the storm via the National Hurricane Center online at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov or local television station meteorologists.