Hurricane Irma has made it’s much anticipated turn to the north and made landfall this morning in the Florida Keys as a powerful Category 4 storm. She is now back out over water and barreling toward the southwest coast of Florida. Although we are somewhat encouraged by the shift of the forecast track slightly to the west, the South Carolina Lowcountry is not out of the woods yet. We are still expected to get tropical storm force winds and most importantly, we are expected to receive a significant amount of storm surge. What makes the surge even more dangerous is the fact that the impact from Irma is currently forecasted to hit right at a higher than normal high tide at midday tomorrow.
Please remember that Hilton Head Island and the surrounding barrier islands in Beaufort County are under a MANDATORY evacuation. The Hilton Head Hospital is closed and fire and rescue teams will not be responding to calls. If you decided to stay on the island, there is no one there to help you.
The IMC Resort Services, Inc. offices remain closed until further notice. Please don’t call our offices as we evacuated and are not there to respond to calls. We urge everyone to listen to the warnings from the National Weather Service, the SC Governor’s Office, the Town of Hilton Head Island and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).
The BCSO will be holding a press conference at 3:30 PM and you can watch it live by clicking on their latest update HERE.
The most recent update from the Town of HHI Mayor can be found by CLICKING HERE.
The most recent update from the Town of Hilton Head Emergency Operations Center can be found by CLICKING HERE.
RE-ENTRY HOTLINE: (800) 963-5023 *if you live in a gated community, please note that your POA/HOA may not be open for re-entry even if the county or town is open
National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov
Receive alerts from Local Agencies: Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in
National Weather Service: www.weather.gov
Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: www.bcso.net
South Carolina Emergency Management Division: www.scemd.org
Town of Hilton Head: www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov
Town of Bluffton: www.townofbluffton.sc.gov
We will be sure to provide up to date information as we receive it.
Again, please heed all warnings and advice for this type of event and stay safe.