Monday, September 10, 2018

Mantente informado sobre el huracán Florence con estos recursos digitales

Spanish-language information on Hurricane Florence

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 5:56 PM

GRÁFICA DE EL SERVICIO METEOROLÓGICO NACIONAL
  • Gráfica de el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional
El huracán Florence ha disminuido a una tormenta de categoría dos con vientos de 105 millas por hora, de acuerdo al último modelo del Centro Nacional de Huracanes, parte de el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional, publicado el jueves.

En preparación, el City Paper ha escrito una serie de artículos (en inglés) sobre como te puedes mantener informado y seguro durante la tormenta, la cual se espera que toque a la costa del Carolina del Norte y Carolina del Sur el jueves.

El gobernador de Carolina del Sur Henry McMaster ordenó la evacuación mandatoria de los ocho condados costeros de Carolina del Sur, los cuales incluyen a los condados de Berkeley, Charleston y Dorchester. La evacuación tomó efecto el martes al mediodía, aunque la orden fue levantada para los condados de Beaufort, Colleton, y Jasper la misma mañana.

A la misma hora, los carriles de I-26 fueron invertidos y dirigidos completamente hacia el oeste, al igual que los carriles de U.S. Route 51 en Myrtle Beach.

"Va a haber cerca de un millón de personas tratando de escapar este huracán," dijo el gobernador McMaster durante una conferencia de prensa el lunes en la tarde.

La ciudad de Charleston ha establecido una ruta de evacuación con dos paradas en downtown Charleston hasta el jueves a las 6 p.m. La ruta llevará a los residentes de Charleston a un refugio en Flowertown Elementary School en Summerville.

Todas las rutas del servicio de transportación regional CARTA fueron suspendidas el miércoles a las 9 p.m.

No hay refugios estatales en el condado de Charleston, ya que, de acuerdo al portavoz del condado, no existen estructuras lo suficientemente seguras para aguantar tormentas de esta magnitud. El estado y los condados de Berkeley y Dorchester tienen sus propias listas de refugios. Si eliges ir a un refugio, debes de llevar los recursos necesarios por una estadía de uno o dos días, incluyendo sabanas, medicina y ropa.

La página Listo.gov tiene información en español sobre como establecer un plan familiar de preparación antes de la llegada de un huracán. También puedes registrarte para alertas de emergencia por mensaje de texto en la pagina web de la division de administración de emergencia estatal (SCEMD).

La guía de preparación contra huracanes del condado de Charleston se encuentra en en esta pagina.

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CARTA will run a 14-stop emergency shuttle to local shelters starting Tues. at noon

Regular bus service is expected to continue into Wednesday

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 5:16 PM

SAM SPENCE
  • Sam Spence
Just in time for Gov. Henry McMaster's mandatory evacuation order to go into effect in the coast, the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will run an emergency "circulator" starting Tues. Sept. 11 at noon to take riders to a logistical staging area in North Charleston. The shuttle will offer hourly pick-up at 14 stops on the peninsula. (See the stops on this Google Map.) Riders will be taken to the Charleston County Public Service Building at 4045 Bridge View Dr. in North Charleston. From there, the county will provide transportation to regional emergency shelters based on occupancy.

Regular bus service will still run all day Tuesday and Wednesday or until conditions become unsafe. CARTA will also transport riders with disabilities to an appropriate shelter, and will do its best to transport those with pets to a pet-friendly shelter.

Riders are encouraged to call the Charleston County Emergency public info line at (843)-746-3900 with any questions.

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Evacuations with I-26 lane reversals for Charleston and most of S.C. coast ordered for Tuesday at noon

What you need to know about Florence as of Monday afternoon

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 3:46 PM

Gov. Henry McMaster urges coastal South Carolina residents and visitors to evacuate starting Tues Sept. 11 at noon. - SCETV
  • SCETV
  • Gov. Henry McMaster urges coastal South Carolina residents and visitors to evacuate starting Tues Sept. 11 at noon.

Evacuation? Yes.

Gov. Henry McMaster is ordering a full coastal evacuation in South Carolina starting at noon on Tues. Sept. 11.

Residents and visitors of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties will all be subject to the mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the S.C. coast. Those in Georgetown and Horry counties are also under orders to evacuate, McMaster said in a press conference Monday afternoon.

"As of noon tomorrow I’m ordering a mandatory, not voluntary, evacuation of everybody that is in those zones," McMaster said.

Evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort, and Horry counties were lifted by McMaster during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Lane Reversals? Yes.

Lane reversals will be ordered on I-26 for tri-county residents and on U.S. Route 501 — which runs from the Myrtle Beach area to Virginia.

Highways 278 and 21 in Beaufort were also meant to reverse starting Tuesday at noon, but the reversals were retracted Tuesday morning after the evacuation order for Beaufort County was lifted.  "Now is the time to prepare and make proper plans," said Charleston-area state Rep. Peter McCoy in a tweet Monday afternoon.

Tricounty schools and state government offices will also be closed on Tuesday. The College of Charleston announced that all classes and labs will be suspended starting Tuesday.

"It'll be about a million people trying to escape this hurricane," McMaster warned.

The National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence is expected to impact the Carolina coastlines on Thursday. On Monday morning, the NWS issued a coastal flood advisory for Beaufort, Charleston, and Colleton counties that will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday night.
In Charleston County, sandbags will be available until 5 p.m. on Tuesday at three locations: the old Piggly Wiggly site on Sumar Street in West Ashley, the Charleston Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Rd. in West Ashley, and the public service building at 2150 Milford St. on the peninsula. Sandbags are self-serve and are limited to 10 per household, according to a city press release issued Sunday afternoon.

Shelter locations will be available on the S.C. Emergency Management Division website.

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Updated Florence-related school, government, and transportation closures in Charleston

Stay safe, chucktown!

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 3:23 PM

MICHAEL WISER FILE PHOTO
  • Michael Wiser file photo
As Hurricane Florence heads towards the east coast, local schools, government offices, and other agencies are preparing too.

Here's what we know of so far (last update: Tues., 3:23 p.m.):

After Gov. Henry McMaster's order of a mandatory evacuation, all public schools and state offices are closed in 26 counties, including in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Colleton counties.

Universities:

College of Charleston: Classes are cancelled and campus is closed starting Tues. until further notice.

Charleston Southern: Classes end Mon. at 2 p.m., campus offices will close at 4 p.m. and will remain closed.

Trident Technical College: Closed from Tues. through Fri., Sept. 14.

The Citadel: on regular class schedule, but warns that their campus community should prepare.

Charleston School of Law: All classes are cancelled for the week effective Tues., Sept. 11. All offices and school facilities will close at 12 noon on Tues. It will reopen and classes will resume on Mon., Sept. 17.

Government offices and services:

State offices: Closed per Gov. McMaster's mandatory evacuation.

City of Charleston: holding a press conference at 5 p.m. on Mon.

Berkeley County: Offices closed until further notice.

Charleston County: holding press conference at 4 p.m.

Dorchester County: administrative offices, convenience sites, libraries, technology centers, and schools will be closed on Tues. Sept. 11 through Fri., Sept. 14.

Charleston County Library: all branches and book drops will be closed starting Tues. until further notice.

Dorchester County Library: closed Tuesday until further notice. Book returns will be closed and no late fines charged while the library is closed.

Berkeley County Library System: closed until further notice.

North Charleston garbage: City trash collection will occur through Tues., with no Weds., Thurs., or Fri. pick ups.

Charleston Water System: Closed through Mon., Sept. 17

Transportation:

CARTA: Beginning at 12 noon Tues., CARTA will be operating on an emergency circulator on the peninsula. CARTA will be picking up passengers from blue hurricane evacuation signs hourly. Regular routes will run as normal on Tues. For more information, visit ridecarta.com/florence

SCDOT: Plan for delays. I-26 from Charleston to Columbia will have reversed lanes after noon on Tuesday.

Charleston International Airport: planning on closing its runways at 12 midnight Weds.

Attractions:

Patriots Point: closed starting Tues. until further notice.

S.C. Aquarium: closed starting Mon. at 5 p.m. through Thurs., Sept. 13

Charleston County Parks and Recreation: all parks and facilities will be closed until further notice. After hurricane Florence has passed, parks will be reviewed to ensure safety before reopening. For more information, visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.

Charleston Battery: All events are cancelled until further notice.

National Parks: Closed Tues. until further notice. Includes Fort Sumter and its Visitor Education Center, Fort Moultrie, and Charles Pinckney Historic Site.

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry: closed beginning Tues. until further notice.

Charleston City Market: Closed until further notice starting Tues.

Congaree National Park: Closing Weds. at 2 p.m. until further notice.

Middleton Place: closed starting Weds. until further notice.

The Edmondston-Alston House: closed starting Weds. until further notice.

We are monitoring closings and will be updating this page as we hear about them. If we are missing something, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

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What S.C. pet owners need to know ahead of Hurricane Florence

Avoid catastrophe

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 3:01 PM

MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
  • Mary Scott Hardaway
Updated Tues. at 6:53 p.m.

A pet is part of your family, so it's crucial to include them in your disaster plans. FEMA put together a disaster guide for for pet owners. While this list isn't meant to be comprehensive, it is a good place to start planning for what to do to prepare your animal friends.

Prepare:

At the time of writing, hurricane Florence is still several days away, which gives you time to prepare everything, including your furry friends.

Identification and Microchips
The ASPCA recommends all pets having a collar with identification information, including their name, telephone number, and any important medical info.

Get your pet microchipped if they're not. If they are chipped, make sure you have documentation and that the contact information in the chip is up-to-date. Most importantly, your phone number and emergency contact (besides you!) should be current.

Have the essentials ready:

  • a leash, collar, or a cat or dog appropriate crate
  • two-week supply of food and water (Don't forget those bowls!)
  • vaccination records
  • current rabies vaccination tag
  • medications
  • written instructions for feeding
  • favorite toys or familiar items to comfort your pet
  • litter and a disposable litter tray for your feline friend
Take photos of your pets.
Take photos from multiple angles in case your pet goes missing or if you need to identify them, and include a photo of you and your pet together. If you become separated, it helps identify them and document they're yours.

Bring everyone inside.
At the first signs of the storm, be sure to bring all of your animals inside, or ensure that they have adequate shelter outside.

Should you evacuate:

This should go without saying, but take your animal with you. If it isn't safe for you, it isn't safe for them.

If you are evacuating
Make sure you are going somewhere that is pet-friendly or that will waive their animal policy during an emergency. For pet friendly lodging, check out gopetfriendly.com.

Emergency shelters
Many emergency shelters are not pet friendly, but they will try to accommodate you if at all possible. Don't risk it because there are two pet friendly shelters in Summerville at Cane Bay High School and Dubose Middle School. Please note, you must stay with your pet at the shelter and bring supplies including a crate and leash. For more information, visit scemd.org.

If you're not home
If you're not home or have animals that can't be moved, like an aquarium, ask someone you trust to check on them.

Local shelters, including the Berkeley County Animal Center and Charleston Animal Society, are at capacity and could use help. While it's not ideal, if you have room for one more to foster or to adopt, it might be a good time to do so.

For more comprehensive disaster guides, including information for feathered, scaly, or aquatic pets, the ASPCA, Red Cross, and Ready.Gov, have additional information.

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