How South Carolina Weathered Tropical Storm Irma

Here's what news sources were reporting on last night and this morning:

Charleston, S.C.:

  • USA Today reported dozens of streets closed for flooding and numerous trees down. Residents were seen wading in hip-deep water or riding small boats down flooded streets, according to The Post and Courier.
  • High tide about 1 p.m. Monday crested above 9.9 feet in Charleston, while flood stage is 7 feet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Across the harbor, Isle of Palms reported roads were impassable and that roads typically used for detours are flooded.
  • By noon Monday, Charleston International Airport said nearly all flights were canceled.
  • Per the official Charleston website this morning: "The coast is clear. We are thankful to have successfully weathered the storm, and are cleaning up to welcome our visitors." 

Hilton Head Island, S.C.:

  • Hudson's Seafood, a restaurant on Hilton Head, was nearly submerged, as reported by Kasia Kovacs, a reporter at The Island Packet.
  • According to the Hilton Head Chamber of Commerce: "Even though the path of Tropical Irma will miss the Lowcountry, weather effects will be felt, and Beaufort County is under a storm surge and tropical storm warning. Barrier islands in Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton County are under an evacuation order. This includes Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie Island in southern Beaufort County, and Hunting, Fripp and Harbour Islands in northern Beaufort County.
  • Re-entry to these areas will be allowed when the evacuation order is lifted. Please call the Beaufort County, Hilton Head Island, Bluffton Hurricane Re-Entry Hotline at 1-800-963-5023 before attempting to return to Hilton Head or Daufuskie Island."