8AM Dorian Update for Beaufort County

Hurricane Dorian Thursday Morning

Last night (Wednesday) into this morning (Thursday), Beaufort County experienced, and continues to experience, tropical storm force wind gusts. Overnight, Sheriff's Office deputies, as well as state and municipal law enforcement personnel, patrolled residential areas and businesses to protect the property of those who evacuated. As of 5:30 this morning, there were 40 calls for service for downed trees in Beaufort County, and as of 8:00 this morning, about 20,000 customers were without power in Beaufort County.

Law enforcement, fire departments, public utility crews, South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel are currently assessing the impacts to infrastructure: power outages, roads, bridges, etc. We urge motorists to stay off of bridges and causeways, and off of the roads in general, until the storm is passed us. We will update you when the impacts from Hurricane Dorian has been assessed. 

As of 8:00 this morning (Thursday), Hurricane Dorian was located 70 miles south-southeast of Charleston, was moving north-northeast at 8 miles per hour, and had maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour.

Beaufort County is still under an evacuation order. 

Visit the National Hurricane Center

Until our next update, Beaufort County residents and guests are encouraged to monitor Hurricane Dorian through the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#dorian

Evacuation Resources

To assist Beaufort County residents and guests in their search for resources during Hurricane Dorian, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office posted important information and links to resources on our website http://www.bcso.net/generalinfo

Go to Official Sources-Avoid Misinformation 

Throughout Hurricane Dorian, please look to federal, state, county and municipal government officials, as well as trusted print, radio and television media, for information and instruction. Please do not act on information or advice found on social media, unless it comes from one of the trusted sources.

We want you back to your homes and businesses as soon as possible. If re-entry checkpoints/roadblocks become necessary from storm impacts, we will advise when you can return to affected areas. Residents and guests who did not evacuate are asked to stay off of the roads to allow public utility crews and first responders to assess and address infrastructure issues: roads, hospitals, etc. 

We appreciate our partnerships with the City of Beaufort, the Town of Bluffton, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Port Royal and the Town Yemassee, as well as state, county and municipal elected and appointed officials, in providing a unified message during Hurricane Dorian.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office appreciates your continued patience and cooperation throughout Hurricane Dorian.

Please stay safe today.

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