Four WMAs Closed Due to Flooding
Due to persistent flooding and damage to roads caused by Hurricane Irma, the following properties will be closed until further notice.
SCDNR staff will be monitoring water levels and working diligently to clear and repair roads. Members of the public are advised to check the SCDNR website frequently for additional closures across the state and re-opening of closed properties.
Due to severe erosion and water on the roads caused by Hurricane Irma, the following properties are closed to vehicle access until further notice.
These roads will be open to vehicle traffic once water recedes and road repairs are made.
All state lakes and hatcheries are open.
City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Ashley Marina and Bristol Marina are all located on the Ashley River near Mile 469 where the Waterway turns southwest.
We have had a busy day on the docks getting the marina ready to reopen and back to full service.
We will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13, from 10am – 7pm, and will resume normal operating hours (8am-7pm) on Thursday, September 14.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me with any questions or concerns.
McKenzie Hutaff, CMM
Marina Manager/Event Director
Isle of Palms Marina is on the east side of the Waterway north of the Charleston Harbor.
The Isle of Palms Marina had lots of water over the bulkhead but the docks are in good shape. The fuel dock, store and deli are ope for business, 6:00am to 8:00pm 7 days a week.
Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 1 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Port of Charleston and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 24 hours.
These ports and facilities are currently closed commercial traffic and all transfer operations while Yankee remains in effect.
Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 24 hours
You will need to bring these items with you to any emergency shelter:
|County||Shelter Name||Address||Status||Pet Friendly|
|Colleton||Colleton County Middle School||1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive||OPEN|
|Jasper||Ridgeland High-Junior-Elementary Complex||250 Jaguar Trail||OPEN|
|Richland||Dent Middle School||2721 Decker Blvd||OPEN|
McMaster orders Saturday evacuations of some barrier islandsREAD MORE!
Port condition Whiskey means that gale force winds are expected with in 72 hours.
Sept. 7, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 7th District PA Detachment Jacksonville
Contact: Coast Guard PA Detachment Jacksonville
Office: (904) 714-7606/7610
After Hours: (305) 318-1864
Coast Guard sets port condition Whiskey in Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Effective 12 p.m. Thursday, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Whiskey for the Port of Charleston and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 72 hours. READ MORE!
These ports and facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue while Whiskey remains in effect.
Sustained winds between 39 and 54 mph are possible within 72 hours. Mariners are reminded there are no safe havens in these facilities, and ports are safest when the inventory of vessels is at a minimum. All ocean-going commercial vessels and ocean-going barges greater than 500 gross tons should make plans for departing the port.
Vessels desiring to remain in port must immediately contact the respective COTP to receive permission and are required to submit a safe mooring plan in writing. Vessels bound for the Port of Charleston unable to depart 24 hours prior to threatening winds making landfall are advised to seek an alternate destination.
Pleasure craft are advised to seek safe harbor. Drawbridges may not be operating if sustained winds reach 25 mph or when an evacuation is in progress. Port facilities are advised to review their heavy weather plans and take all necessary precautions to adequately prepare for the expected conditions. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.
If and when port condition Yankee is set, meaning sustained gale force winds are expected within 24 hours, vessel movement shall be restricted, and all movements must be approved by the respective COTP.
The Coast Guard is warning the public of these important safety messages:
Stay off the water. The Coast Guard’s search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm conditions strengthen. This means help could be delayed. Boaters should heed weather watches, warnings and small craft advisories.
Evacuate as necessary. If mandatory evacuations are set for an area, the public should evacuate without delay. Coast Guard personnel and other emergency responders may not be able to evacuate or rescue those in danger during the storm.
Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be pulled from the water and stored in a place that is not prone to flooding. Those who are leaving their boats in the water are reminded to update your Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registration, and secure them safely to your vessel prior to a major storm. These devices often float free from vessels in marinas or at docks during hurricanes and signal a distress when there is none. Ensure life rings, lifejackets and small boats are secured. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
Stay clear of beaches.Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
Be prepared.Area residents should be prepared by developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
Stay informed.The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.
Information on how to prepare your boat or trailer for a hurricane can be found at the Coast Guard’s Storm Center webpage.
For information on Hurricane Irma progress and hurricane preparedness, please visit the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
For media inquiries surrounding Coast Guard Sector Charleston and South Carolina Units, contact Lt. J.B. Zorn, Sector Charleston Public Information Officer, at James.B.Zorn@uscg.mil or (843) 296-5524
Record surge, ‘major’ storm conditions expected in South Carolina from Hurricane Irma
Surf will start to pick up Thursday, winds and rain by Saturday night. Hurricane Irma is due to make landfall in or near South Carolina late Monday or early Tuesday.
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The Charleston City Boatyard, a subsidiary of Charleston City Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, is found on the northern reaches of the Wando River north of red marker #40.CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION!
For several years Cruisers’ Net has had reports of shallow water encountered near the eastern end of the Waterway’s passage through South Carolina’s Dawho River between the North and South Edisto Rivers. Our thanks to authors Bob and Ann Sherer for sharing their observations on the erroneous magenta line in this section. The Sherers have just released the 2017 edition of their ICW Cruising Guide, see /166170.
I wrote an article about a 5.5 MLW route through the shallows of the east entrance into the Dawho River, a notoriously shallow area of the ICW south of Charleston. READ MORE!
Here’s the link to the article:
Thanks, Bob Sherer
This destroyed Waterway light is on the east side of the channel north of Hilton Head and Calibogue Sound.
SOUTH CAROLINA – AICW – BEAUFORT RIVER TO ST SIMONS SOUND – SKULL CREEK: Hazard to Navigation
Skull creek Light 15 (LLNR 35680) is destroyed. The wreckage is marked with a TRLB displaying Fl Q G characteristics. Mariners are advised to exercise caution while transiting the area. Chart 11507 LNM 32/17
Our thanks to Harbourmaster Nancy Cappelmann for keeping us all updated on post-Matthew conditions at one of everyone’s favorite Waterway stops. And, of course, Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head’s Sea Pines Resort is A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!
We are excited to announce that Harbour Town Yacht Basin has restored electrical service to approximately 50% of the slips. WiFi will not be available until the electrical installation is complete, however all of the amenities of The Sea Pines Resort are in fabulous condition and available to our visiting boaters.
Thank you for all your assistance as we have worked our way through the rebuilding process. I will continue to keep you updated on our progress.
And thank you for the nice letters and stickers. We have proudly displayed them on our front door!
Harbourmaster, Harbour Town Yacht Basin
149 Lighthouse Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Like earlier reports, this discussion implies a higher than normal 2017 storm season.
The Madden-Julian Oscillation is an oscillation is a fluctuation in tropical weather that stirs thunderstorms. If the water’s hot enough, those storms can strengthen into tropical cyclones.
The waterway passing McClellanville all the way to the Ben Sawyer Bridge has been shoaling for years. And, as Phillip Mullins advises, SSECN still recommends mid to high tide for passage through this section.
Good water up to Jeremy Creek, then you have to wait at least 1 hr. after low tide. Stayed on magenta line all the way to red day mark 42. I draw 5 ft and came through 2 spots that were 4.8 ft but was able to plow through. Rest of the time had 6.0 ft or better. If you are not comfortable with this, I suggest you wait until 2 hrs after low tide.