City of Charleston officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole and have begun initial preparations for any potential impacts the storm may have here in the Lowcountry. City Emergency Management is working closely with state and regional officials to monitor the storm’s track and coordinate preparation efforts.
“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”
For the most accurate and up-to-date weather forecasts, residents should stay tuned to the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service Charleston websites, as well as local media and the FEMA app. Additional hurricane preparedness information can be found at www.scemd.org.
Due to the potential for flooding, the city’s Stormwater Department has reserved temporary pumps to position in low lying areas. Crews will be out cleaning ditches and drains in flood-prone areas. Citizens can visit the city’s Adopt-A-Drain webpage (https://www.charleston-sc.gov/1984/Adopt-A-Drain) for information on ways they can help.
The Parks Department is lowering the water level in Lake Dotterer and Colonial Lake.
The city’s Hurricane Information webpage can be accessed at https://www.charleston-sc.gov/Hurricane-Information. Updates on Tropical Storm Nicole will be released and posted to the webpage as new information becomes available.