DORIAN: Important info for Beaufort County residents

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From school closings to evacuation orders, WSAV has gathered important information for Beaufort County residents.

On Sunday, Sept. 1, Governor Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all residents in the county, effective noon Monday.

Beaufort County is implementing a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. overnight Wednesday and Thursday. Officials say this will be strictly enforced, and anyone out during these hours will be approached by an officer.

A lane reversal implemented Monday on Highway 278 has been lifted. Traffic is now flowing freely.

A shelter is open at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School (250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland). News 3 is told 134 stayed there Monday night and there is still more room. The shelter is pet-friendly, but you will need to bring your own cage for your pet.

Anyone needing transportation assistance to shelters should contact Palmetto Breeze at 843-757-5782 to schedule pickup points as needed.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, Hilton Head Airport remains open; airlines will determine when flights stop.

The Town of Bluffton will be partially open Friday, Sept 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Closings and cancellations

  • All Beaufort County schools and government offices will be closed throughout the rest of the week until School District officials can survey schools for damage
  • The Children Center Hilton Head closing Tuesday until further notice
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry closed until further notice
  • University of South Carolina Beaufort has canceled face-to-face classes until further notice; online classes will continue
  • Wells Fargo branches will close through Thursday
  • Optim Orthopedics, Health System closed until further notice
  • Town of Hilton Head Island Town and Council meetings canceled until further notice
  • The Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in medicine clinics in Bluffton and Ridgeland will be closed until further notification

BJWSA

Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority (BJWSA) emergency crews will not be available after 4 p.m. today. The crews will remain sheltered in place until it is deemed safe for them to travel.

BJWSA will restrict water flow in certain causeway valves starting today at 2 p.m. to protect the drinking water system. The affected causeway valves are:

  • Bermuda Bluff
  • Birdfoot Landing
  • Callawassie Island
  • Cat Island
  • Coosaw Island
  • Distant Island
  • Vivian’s Island
  • Harbor, Hunting and Fripp Islands
  • Horse Island Drive
  • Kingston Key Drive
  • Myrtle Island Drive
  • Pine Island
  • Tansi Village
  • Warsaw Island

The purpose of the restrictions is to prevent an extreme loss of water pressure due to the hurricane. Follow BJWSA on their website and social media for more updates.

If water becomes unsafe for consumption, a boil water advisory will be announced. For tips on safe water consumption, follow this link.

Hospital info

Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH) has received a waiver to shelter in place, allowing the hospital to keep its emergency room open and personnel to stay and prepare care for remaining patients.

All elective surgical cases at the hospital and Beaufort Memorial Outpatient Surgery Center are canceled through the end of the week.

Radiation therapy, chemotherapy and infusion services are available through Tuesday, September 3.

All other outpatient services are closed through the end of the week.

All Beaufort Memorial Physician Partners practices will remain closed through the end of the week with the following exceptions:

  • Express Care & Occupational Health – Beaufort – is open until 8 p.m. Monday, September 2, and then will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Harrison Peeples Health Care Center – Varnville – will be open Tuesday, September 3, and then will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Lady’s Island Internal Medicine – will be open Tuesday, September 3, and then will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • OBGYN Specialists – Beaufort and Bluffton – will be open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 3, and then will be closed for the remainder of the week.
  • Orthopedic Specialists (Lowcountry Medical Group location) will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, and then will be closed for the remainder of the week.

BMH Care Anywhere, which offers on-line appointments with board-certified providers, will remain in operation 24/7 throughout the storm and can be accessed by downloading the BMH Care Anywhere app or by visiting BMHCareAnywhere.org.

Important links

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office: Website, Facebook, Twitter

Visit here to view important information for other counties.

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