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Are the bridges to Hilton Head, other islands open Thursday as Hurricane Dorian passes?

Beaufort County was still seeing strong winds related to Hurricane Dorian on Thursday morning, but the bridges onto Hilton Head were not blocked.

A separate news release said there were traffic checkpoints at the Harbor Island bridge and McTeer Bridge in northern Beaufort County because of high winds.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office news release urged motorists to stay off the roads, including bridges and causeways, until the storm has passed.

Officials earlier had said crossing the county’s bridges would be unsafe once winds reached tropical storm-force.

Winds reaching 40 mph or higher are considered tropical storm-force.

Sarah Johnson, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told The Island Packet that the possibility of hurricane-force winds would remain through mid-morning.

“The worst of the rain and wind is going to be through late morning, could go through this afternoon, but will mostly be done by this evening,” she said.

Traffic cameras showed mostly empty streets in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head on Thursday morning.

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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.