Sandy's impact minor on Lowcountry, reminder to be prepared

emoody@beaufortgazette.comOctober 30, 2012 

Although the winds and cool temperatures persist, damage in Beaufort County from Hurricane Sandy was minimal, especially compared to the destruction in northern states.

Nonetheless, Beaufort public-safety officials say the storm is a reminder to residents to prepare for disastrous weather.

"Obviously, we fended very well, compared to our friends and neighbors up north," Beaufort County Emergency Management deputy director David Zeoli said Tuesday. "But this is a time for our citizens to reflect on their plans to make sure if something happens, we are ready."

Across Beaufort County, officials reported minor damage and debris from high winds and gusts that began Friday and lasted through Tuesday. Tree damage was mainly limited to smaller branches.

In the city of Beaufort, winds contributed to the toppling of a tree onto Boundary Street, across from Jade Garden restaurant, Tuesday morning. Both eastbound lanes were closed during clean up, with traffic diverted through a turning lane for more than an hour.

Public works director Isiah Smalls said the city already knew the tree was diseased, so the fall was not unexpected.

SCE&G reported only minor, scattered power outages. An attempt to reach a Palmetto Electric spokesperson Tuesday afternoon was unsuccessful.

At Hunting Island State Park, which has experienced significant erosion during past storms, it appears to be minimal this time around, park manager Jeff Atkins said.

However, high waves washed onto the shore and into picnic and campground areas, washing out one water line that was repaired.

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