Latest Update - Hurricane Ian

As of 8 AM, Ian is a tropical storm near Orlando with maximum sustained winds of 65 MPH. Ian has the potential to intensify and regain its status as a hurricane over open water before landing again on the SC coast Friday afternoon. Tropical Storm Warnings and a Hurricane Watch are posted for the SC coast. Note below, the area of tropical force winds covers three states. The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for the entire state. Ian is still predicted to be a tropical storm as it passes over the Midlands Friday evening into early Saturday morning. The chances of receiving tropical force winds have increased to 50-70% for our area. Rainfall amounts have also increased to the 4 to 10 inch range.

City staff opened the Kendall Dam slightly yesterday afternoon and will open the gate another 1 inch this morning. As of 0730 today the lake level appeared to be down about 4 inches with little change downstream.

Please be prepared for heavy rains, possible flooding, downed trees, and possible power outages. To report a power outage, call City Hall at 803-432-2421. Please be advised, electric crews cannot be dispatched to repair downed lines until winds have fallen below 30 mph. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we prepare for this storm and its anticipated damage.