Georgetown County is expected to receive impacts from Hurricane Ian beginning Friday, Sept. 30. Anticipated impacts include heavy rainfall in the 6-8-inch range, storm surge with the potential for 2-4 feet of inundation, gusty winds up to 60 mph, and a risk for isolated tornadoes.
Georgetown County is currently at OPCON 2, which indicates an "enhanced awareness" as it prepares for a potential threat. The county's Emergency Operations Center will be partially activated on Sept. 30 and is poised to transition to OPCON 1, which indicates "full alert," at 8 a.m. Friday.
Other important information:
- There are no planned evacuations.
- No emergency shelters are scheduled to open in Georgetown County.
- The county will not be providing sandbags for this event. Sandbags are available at most hardware stores.
- Georgetown County bridges do not close due to wind. No bridge closures are or will be scheduled. The only reasons the Georgetown bridges would close would be in the event of structural damage or temporarily for the clearing of a vehicle accident.
- Georgetown County government offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30. Essential employees will still report to work.
- The Auditor’s Office will continue to accept high mileage appeals for vehicle taxes due Sept. 30 on Monday, Oct. 3. Additionally, the Treasurer’s Office will delay any penalties on real estate taxes that would have gone into effect on Sept. 30. Taxes due Sept. 30 may be paid Monday, Oct. 3, without additional penalties.
- County recycling centers and the landfill will will close at noon on Friday, Sept. 30. Normal operations will resume on Saturday.
- Courts are cancelled on Sept. 30.
- A burn ban is in effect until further notice.
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