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Edisto Beach prepares for “massive erosion”

Leaders at the Town of Edisto said on Tuesday morning that they are preparing for devastating beach erosion, flooding, and winds, as the impact of Hurricane Dorian was nearing the South Carolina coastline.
Dorian has been slow-moving over the last several days, at approximately 1 mph, and has hovered over the Grand Bahamas as a category three hurricane. The storm has left catastrophic damage behind in the Bahamas from its weekend impact.
To prepare for the storm, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory coastal evacuation on Sunday evening. This included Zones A and B in Colleton County, including Edisto Beach. However, as of Tuesday morning, Edisto Beach Administrator Iris Hill said not many people had headed that evacuation order.
“I don’t think people here are taking this as seriously as they should be,” she said. “We are looking at more erosion and damage at Edisto Beach than with Hurricane Matthew and with Hurricane Irma.”
Both Matthew and Irma flooded the town, dumping feet of sand onto the main boulevards of the town and sending water into homes. Town leaders have just completed in recent months refurbishments to the beach, as a part of the repairs from those two storms.
Now, beach leaders say Hurricane Dorian threatens to wipe out the work that has been done.
“We are already seeing erosion and damage from the surf that this storm is sending in,” she said, on Tuesday morning.
To prepare for Dorian’s passing of the South Carolina coastline, Edisto Beach leaders have implemented a mandatory curfew of 6 p.m., starting on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. This curfew is for anyone who chooses to stay at Edisto Beach, regardless of the evacuation order. The curfew is in effect until further notice said Hill. According to her, anyone who does stay in the town’s limits is doing so at their risk, meaning emergency personnel and rescue services might not be able to them, depending on the impact from the storm.
Hurricane Dorian is expected to skirt the South Carolina coastline, starting Wednesday through Thursday. There will no direct impact, but flooding, high surf, and winds are expected.

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