Here are some of the main takeaways from Tuesday morning’s Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office press conference:
▪ Curfew: The curfew that had been in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. has been lifted.
▪ Downed trees: Beaufort County Emergency Management director Lt. Col. Neil Baxley said Beaufort County had “nowhere near the numbers we had” during Hurricane Matthew last fall. “Matthew was a lesson in wind for us,” Baxley said. “Irma was a lesson in surge.”
▪ Local governments: Local government will resume operations Wednesday.
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▪ Public schools: Beaufort County school will reopen Wednesday. Jasper County schools will also reopen Wednesday but with a two-hour delayed start.
▪ Cell phones: The county will offer a mobile charging station for still-powerless residents to charge their cell phones. The station will be located St. Helena Elementary from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday and the Lady’s Island Publix parking lot from 2 - 5 p.m. Tuesday
▪ Damage assessment: County and municipal staff will canvass for damage assessment starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday with the anticipation that the initial process will be finished by the end of the week, interim county administrator Josh Gruber said.
▪ Convenience centers: Centers will re-open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m Wednesday. A list of those centers can be found here.
▪ Debris: For larger amounts of debris, the county is opening two debris drop-off sites at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Those sites are at 651 Pinckney Colony Road in Bluffton and 66 Ihly Farm Road in Beaufort.
▪ Shelters: As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, 18 people remained at the shelter at Battery Creek High School, and 43 left at Bluffton High School’s shelter. The shelter at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School will close, though no timeline was given.
Hurricane Irma in Beaufort County from midnight Sunday through 8 a.m. Tuesday
7,654 calls for service answered
207 reports of downed power lines
181 fire and emergency medical services calls
80 road closures during storm event
275 activated alarms
4 water rescues
62 reports of hanger/leaner trees
Source: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Sept. 12 press conference
“We understand the stress and frustration you go through during one of these events,” Sheriff P.J. Tanner said. “Those that evacuated, they’ve seen what Harvey did to Texas, and understand what a storm can do to South Carolina.”