Sheriff Tanner: shelter in place and do not drive

Advisory: Hurricane Dorian. We now recommend to shelter in place and not to drive. Curfew in effect at 10:00 p.m. Stay safe.

Hurricane Dorian-Shelter In Place

Tropical storm force wind gusts between 40 and 45 miles per hour have been reported in northern and southern Beaufort County. Bridges and causeways are no longer safe to drive onto and over. Those who did not evacuate should shelter in place. Please avoid driving and stay indoors, as conditions are expected to further deteriorate tonight (Wednesday) and overnight into tomorrow (Thursday).

As of 2:00 p.m. today, Hurricane Dorian was located 115 miles east of Jacksonville and 180 miles south of Charleston, was moving north-northwest at 9 miles per hour, and had maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour. 

Curfew in Effect Tonight for Beaufort County

If you chose not to evacuate, we want you to be safe and understand that a curfew will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, September 4) until 6:00 a.m. tomorrow—Thursday, September, 5. A curfew will also be in effect at 10:00 p.m. tomorrow night (Thursday, September 5) until 6:00 a.m. Friday (September 6), Anyone out and about in Beaufort County, including the Town of Bluffton, the City of Beaufort and the Town of Port Royal, will be confronted by law enforcement and investigated. This curfew was implemented to protect the property of residents and business owners who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian. .   

Visit the National Hurricane Center

Until our next update, Beaufort County residents and guests are encouraged to monitor Hurricane Dorian through the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#dorian

Link to Important Evacuation Resources

To assist Beaufort County residents and guests in their search for resources during Hurricane Dorian, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office posted important information and links to resources on our website http://www.bcso.net/generalinfo

Go to Official Sources-Avoid Misinformation 

Throughout Hurricane Dorian, please look to federal, state, county and municipal government officials, as well as trusted print, radio and television media, for information and instruction. We urge you to avoid information and advice spread through social media, unless it comes from one of the trusted sources.

If re-entry checkpoints/;roadblocks become necessary after impacts from Hurricane Dorian, we will advise when you can return to affected areas. Residents and guests who did not evacuate are asked to stay off of the roads to allow public utility crews and first responders to assess and address infrastructure issues: roads, hospitals, etc. 

We appreciate our partnerships with the City of Beaufort, the Town of Bluffton, the Town of Hilton Head Island, the Town of Port Royal and the Town Yemassee, as well as state, county and municipal elected and appointed officials, in providing a unified message during Hurricane Dorian. 

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