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Wednesday Storm Center: What Beaufort County needs to know about Hurricane Dorian

Beaufort County is expected to begin seeing the wind related to the powerful and slow-moving Hurricane Dorian on Wednesday.

Below are links to questions and answers about the storm as it approaches the Lowcountry.

If you have a Hurricane Dorian-related question or information you think would be important or helpful to share with others, please email, comment on this story or direct message us on the Island Packet’s Facebook page or the Beaufort Gazette’s Facebook page.

We will post the answers to each question here and update this list throughout the day. Bookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest information available.

The latest

For the most recent Hurricane Dorian tracking map, visit

Video: Winds pick up on a Hilton Head Island beach as Hurricane Dorian outer bands reach SC

Video: High tide at The Sands in Port Royal SC as Hurricane Dorian makes slow approach

Video: May River at Brighton Beach rising from Hurricane Dorian storm surge in Bluffton SC

Here’s Wednesday’s story about what Hurricane Dorian means for Beaufort County, including times

Moderate to severe erosion on Hilton Head beaches possible with Hurricane Dorian, officials say

Here’s the latest Hurricane Dorian forecast for the Carolinas

Map shows where storm surge could reach in Beaufort County

What is a storm surge anyway?

Will the Hilton Head bridges be closed?

Are lanes still reversed on U.S. 278 on Hilton Head Island?

Basic needs

Which grocery stores are open Wednesday?

What if I need to see a doctor?

Are any hospitals open?

Updated: Some areas under water restrictions ahead of the storm?

Will my electricity be cut off ahead of the storm?

Where can I get sandbags and what should I do with them?

Here’s what to do if you see price gouging.

Staying or going

On the day of Hurricane Dorian, Beaufort County’s coastal residents board up... and wait

‘Should I stay or should I go?’ Beaufort Co. residents split on leaving town

Hurricane Dorian: Still on Hilton Head playing it by ear during mandatory evacuation

When will the local airports close?

Marine Corps evacuates Parris Island and Air Station Beaufort

What should I do with my pets?

Nearly 200 cats and dogs evacuated from Beaufort County shelters

What is the ‘cone of uncertainty’?

When will Savannah’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge close?

Will mail be delivered while Beaufort County is under an evacuation order?

What did Gov. Henry McMaster say about evacuating?

Last-minute plans

Here’s a hurricane preparation checklist.

Here’s a list of important numbers to save on your phone.

How do I know if I live in an evacuation zone?

Airbnb offering free housing for evacuees.

Are shelters open and buses running in Beaufort and Jasper counties?

Dorian’s path

Dorian sweeping the coast of Florida Wednesday morning

Hurricane and storm surge warnings issued for Beaufort Co. as Dorian moves north

Hurricane Dorian could trap people on the Outer Banks. NC governor orders evacuation

Rescues underway in Bahamas as humanitarian crisis unfolds

Dorian’s track looks a lot like Matthew’s

Back to school

Is Dorian a girl name or a boy name?

Why did Hurricane Dorian come to a standstill?

What would a 140 mph gust feel like if you were standing in it?

How do Outer Banks wild horses survive hurricanes like Dorian? They use their butts

Speaking of history

Does Hurricane Dorian’s track look familiar? Some recall Matthew’s devastating floods

Current conditions

LIVE: Beaufort County traffic conditions

LIVE: South Carolina traffic conditions

LIVE: I-95 traffic conditions

LIVE: Watch the storm roll in on live web cams

Follow more of our reporting on Hurricane Dorian

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Lisa Wilson is a reporter for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. The 25-year newsroom veteran has worked for papers in Louisiana and Mississippi and is happy to call the Lowcountry home.