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Sea Pines CSA Hurricane Ian Weather Advisory 9.30.22 | 9:30 AM

Hurricane Ian Update From The National Weather Service

Rain and Wind Increasing as Hurricane Ian Approaches the South Carolina Coast

Hurricane Ian is a Category One hurricane expected to make landfall in the Hurricane Warning area this afternoon. A Storm Surge Warning and Hurricane Warning remain in effect for our area.


At 800 AM EDT (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Ian was located near latitude 31.4 North, longitude 79.1 West. Ian is moving toward the north near 9 mph (15 km/h). This general motion with an increase in forward speed is expected this morning, followed by a

turn toward the north-northwest by tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Ian will approach and reach the coast of South Carolina today, and then move farther inland across eastern South Carolina and central North Carolina tonight and Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected before Ian reaches the coast later today. Rapid weakening is expected after landfall, and Ian is forecast to become an extratropical low over North Carolina tonight or on Saturday. The low is then expected to dissipate by Saturday night.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 485 miles (780 km).

Due to a variety of hazards, travel is not recommended today in the Hurricane Warning area, especially near the coast.

Storm Information:

  • Location: 31.4N 79.1W
  • About 105 miles south of Charleston SC
  • Maximum Sustained Winds 85 mph
  • Movement North or 5 degrees at 9 mph

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Update from Sea Pines CSA: Monitoring & Preparing for Hurricane Ian
  • The Sea Pines CSA Maintenance Department has made storm preparations and is prepared to respond to storm-related events.
  • Stormwater System Update: In order to get ahead of the potential heavy rainfall, staff have placed large portable high-volume dewatering pumps in strategic locations throughout the community to assist in lowering lagoon levels. These pumps will remain running as long as it is safe for our staff to operate them throughout the storm. These pumps will also be used after the storm to assist in the removal of stormwater from the community.
  • We continue to actively monitor the tidal control structures on our lagoon system to prevent as much tidal inflow as possible. We continue to actively manage the Lawton Canal pump station to move water out of the community.
  • Sea Pines CSA Administration office, Sea Pines ARB and the Sea Pines Community Center are closed and will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Sea Pines Pass Office, Sea Pines entrance gates, security, Welcome Center, and our security dispatch phone line at 843-671-7170 are all operational at this time. These locations will remain staffed throughout the storm, unless storm conditions threaten the safety of staff. We will notify you in advance if these services need to be modified due to storm conditions.
  • Access to The Sea Pines Forest Preserve and Six Oaks Cemetery are currently closed.
  • All Sea Pines CSA construction activities and work performed by CSA contracted services providers ceased Thursday afternoon. Timing on when work will resume in these locations is based on storm impacts.
  • Parking Lots along Power Line Easement:
    • To continue to allow Santee Cooper unobstructed access to the major transformer lines in Sea Pines, please do not park vehicles in lot numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10.
  • Use extreme caution or avoid using the leisure trails within Sea Pines as we are receiving reports of fallen limbs and debris.
  • As the storm approaches, our property owners, guest and visitors are asked to remain indoors and too stay off of the roadways in Sea Pines.
  • Should stormwater inundation occur, please shelter in place until waters have receded.
  • If you must travel this afternoon through tonight, avoid areas of standing water and downed trees across a roadway.
  • Sea Pines Maintenance staff and additional Sea Pines Security staff will remain on-site throughout the duration of the storm to ensure we can continue to respond as needed, conditions permitting.
  • Tower Beach access and facilities are closed as of today, September 30th and will reopen once conditions permit.
  • Sea Pines daily visitor gate pass sales have been discontinued as of 7:00 AM today, September 30th.

Communications from Sea Pines CSA should be secondary to the messages passed from government officials via local TV, radio and emergency management websites. Please monitor local radio and television stations and follow the instructions of emergency officials.

We will continue to keep you updated via our communication resources: 

We will continue to keep you updated as we receive information or need to modify our services, but in the meantime, we ask you to prepare in advance of the storm, stay safe and stay tuned to weather alerts and follow trusted sources of information.