Category: South Carolina Lowcountry

South Carolina Lowcountry Emergency Notifications

South Carolina – Hurricane: August 30, 2023

Idalia is now a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 mph. Idalia is forecast to approach South Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane and become a tropical storm while moving through the state. Most of the state will be impacted by Idalia this afternoon into Thursday morning. Additional impacts such as isolated tornadoes, power outages and flooding are also possible throughout the day.

**If you have not reviewed a plan to receive care, please contact your dialysis provider**

Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips and Resources

South Carolina – Tornado Warning: August 7, 2023

A strong storm system moving through the South Atlantic beginning Monday, August 7, 2023, is producing severe thunderstorms, with damaging winds and possible tornadoes being the greatest threat. The timeline of severe weather will primarily be from early afternoon and last into the evening. The most likely area for severe weather is northern South Carolina, however, all regions should stay prepared.

**If you feel your access to care may be at risk due to severe weather, please reach out to your dialysis provider**

Additional information can be found through the National Weather Service at, (upper left of page to see your area forecast by zip code), The Weather Channel at, or AccuWeather at

South Carolina – Heat Advisory: July 5, 2023

Heat advisories have been issued in South Carolina, beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2023. Temperatures are expected to climb, with the hottest days being Friday, July 7, 2023, and Sunday, July 9,2023. On hot days, the National Weather Service recommends staying indoors and not engaging in strenuous activities. If air conditioning is not available, please consider calling 211 for information on a cooling center near you.
Additional information can be found through the National Weather Service at, (upper left of page to see your area forecast by zip code), The Weather Channel at, or AccuWeather at

** If you are a patient and believe this event will negatively impact access to care, please contact your local dialysis facility to understand treatment availability.**

Extreme Heat Resources: 

Kidney Community Emergency Response (KCER) Coalition:



South Carolina – Tropical Storm Nicole: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Tropical Storm Nicole is forecast to become a hurricane, and will make landfall in Florida tonight. Hurricane, storm surge and tropical storm alerts have been issued in South Carolina. Coastal flooding, strong winds, flooding rain and tornadoes are expected along the Southeast coast. Flooding rain, strong winds and a few tornadoes are possible in the rest of the East Friday into early Saturday.

Evacuation Information

  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD): Know Your Zone

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South Carolina Lowcountry – Hurricane Ian Update: Friday, September 30, 2022

Ian is located about 60 miles east-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, and is moving quickly northward. Heavy rain, strong wind gusts and higher than normal water levels are already impacting parts of South and North Carolina. M​ultiple roads have been closed because of flooding in the Charleston metro area this morning, and the combination of storm surge and heavy rain flooded streets in Garden City, south of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Warning: A hurricane warning has been issued for areas along and near the coast of South Carolina, including Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, and for a portion of the North Carolina coastline northward to Cape Fear.

S​torm Surge: A storm surge warning remains in effect along the South Carolina coast northward to Cape Fear, North Carolina, including the lower Neuse River in North Carolina. This means life-threatening flooding from rising water moving inland from the coastline is expected.

W​ind Threat: Power outages and some tree damage could occur in areas under hurricane and tropical storm warnings, especially in the Carolinas.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible Friday from eastern South Carolina.

**A State of Emergency has been declared for South Carolina.**

Evacuation Information

  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD): Know Your Zone

Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips and Resources

Steps to Keep Yourself Safe After Flooding

  • Watch your step. Floodwaters often hide sharp and dangerous debris, like broken glass and metal. Floodwater can also be contaminated with oil, gasoline or sewage.
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear such as boots, gloves and safety glasses when moving debris.
  • Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm, or if it is wet, to prevent being electrocuted. Report any utility issues to your local utility company.
  • Flooded homes are hazards. Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering.
  • Use generators or other gas-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
  • Never drive into a road covered with flowing water. One foot of flowing water can sweep a car off the road; 2 feet will carry away an SUV or pickup. Even 6 inches of water can knock you off your feet. Never walk or drive through swift water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Respect barricades and posted signage. If you encounter a flooded road, turn around. You’re not only putting your own life at risk, but also the lives of first responders.
  • If you encounter a dark traffic signal, treat it as a four-way stop.

South Carolina Lowcountry – Tropical Storm Ian Update: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Ian is now a Tropical Storm and is located on the eastern coast of Florida. Ian is forecast to move over the Atlantic shortly. The forecast track has shifted slightly east since the last update. Ian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it approaches South Carolina, and then weaken Friday night and Saturday as it moves across the southern coastal states. While the coast of South Carolina can expect the greatest impacts (heaviest rainfall, storm surge, coastal flooding, strongest winds, isolated tornado threat), this is a statewide event. It is highly likely that every portion of the state will experience impacts from Ian.  Almost the entire state of SC is within the Moderate risk of excessive rainfall, so flash flooding is to be expected.  Impacts for South Carolina begin today and will extend through Saturday.

**A State of Emergency has been declared for South Carolina, effective as of 3pm yesterday.**

Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips and Resources

South Carolina – Hurricane Ian: Monday, September 26, 2022

Ian is now a Category 2 hurricane and is forecast to become a major hurricane overnight. The forecast points and cone for Hurricane Ian have shifted slightly eastward, reflecting that South Carolina will likely see statewide impacts from Ian.  At 5pm EST, Monday, September 26, 2022, Hurricane Ian was located approximately 850 miles south-southwest of Beaufort, SC, with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and a minimum central pressure of 972 mb.

South Carolina has the potential to begin receiving tropical storm force winds Thursday night. Additional impacts, such as heavy rain, coastal flooding and surge, and isolated tornadoes are also possible from Thursday night through Friday. The severity and extent of these hazards is highly dependent on the eventual track.

Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips and Resources