As of the time of publication of this post, the entire coast of South Carolina is under a hurricane warning. Hurricane Matthew picked up strength and has been upgraded to a Category 3 storm, in addition to shifting its track to head closer to Charleston. That means that hurricane conditions -- fun stuff like 74 mph (or greater) sustained winds and flash floods -- will be possible within the next 48 hours. If you’re still on the fence of whether to stay or go, you don’t have a lot of time left to make a decision. If you’re in an evacuation zone, don’t risk it: pack up your car and go. (Note: if you’re in Edisto, Daufuskie, Hilton Head, or Daniel Island, evacuation is mandatory.)
What Charleston can expect from Hurricane Matthew:
Tropical storm-force winds and hurricane-force winds on the coast for 18-24 hours 8-15in of rain 4-8ft storm surge High risk of flash flooding Low risk of tornadoes High risk of power outages Almost exactly a year ago, Charleston experienced flooding and power outages that basically shut down the city for four or five days. And that was just from heavy rain and high tide conditions. Hurricane Matthew is predicted to have the same levels of flooding or worse, with added dangers of a 4-8ft storm surge and heavy winds. These are likely to cause property damage, power outages, water contamination, and more. If you had any issues with last year’s flooding or if you’re in an area that’s below sea level (lookin’ at you, downtown Charleston), it’s a good idea for you to take an early vacation and get out of town for a few days.
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There are 66 shelters open in the state, many of which are pet-friendly, so you can pack up Fluffy or Fido and bring them with you to evacuate. Download the SCDOT evacuation app to see which evacuation route is best for your location. Although the city doesn’t plan on closing any of the bridges out of town, travel over those bridges in heavy winds is very unsafe.
If you choose to stay:
Get some water. If the grocery stores are out, remember that gas stations and drug stores also sell water. Stock up on non-perishable foods. If the power goes out, food in your fridge is likely to spoil, and you won’t be able to cook anything. Non-perishable foods are your best bet, especially if the power is out for days. Fill up your bathtub so that you have potable water in case tap water becomes unusable. Board up your windows, sandbag doors, and place belongings as high up in your home as possible. Many fire departments are asking residents who are staying to call and leave their name, address, and phone number to keep track of who’s staying. Leave your car in a parking garage downtown -- garages will be open for free until Monday morning. Add these emergency numbers to your contact list. Sign up here for our daily Charleston email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
Sydney Gallimore is a Charleston-based food writer who escaped to Greenville with lots of wine to ride out the storm. Follow her on Twitter @Sydney_inc
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