As the entire Southeast anxiously awaits more information on the exact trajectory of the storm, residents of Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, West Ashley, Daniel Island, Folly Beach, and other low lying coastal areas of South Carolina should begin to prepare now for potential Hurricane Matthew water damage and flooding. According to the latest forecasts from the National Hurricane Center, “the threat to Florida and the Southeastern US coast has increased,” and the storm could either directly hit anywhere from Florida to Maine, or slowly work its way up the coast. One model, the GFS, currently shows Hurricane Matthew making landfall in South Carolina on Saturday.
It is important to stress that the high and low pressure areas which serve to guide the storm are still too undeveloped to exactly predict – but it is also equally as important to be prepared for any possible outcome. One forecast that seems to be universal is that coast of Charleston will see heavy rains, strong winds, and, according to the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore, “massive waves.”
The team at Disaster Plus is on 24/7 alert and urges residents of the Lowcountry not to hesitate to immediately formulate plans for their home or business in the event the Hurricane directly hits the SC coast.
What should I do to prepare now?
First and foremost, plan a personal evacuation route. We have provided a page with evacuation instructions for each of the 9 coastal evacuation zones from Charleston County’s 2016 Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
Disaster Plus has also created a list of essential Hurricane Tips.
Be sure to take a quick look at some additional Hurricane Preparation Tips we talked about with WCBD News 2’s Rob Fowler:
How can I protect my home or business from Hurricane Matthew water damage?
- We recommended familiarizing yourself with your home or business owner’s insurance policy – check to make sure that you are protected against flood damage, as this is usually a separate form of insurance.
- Check your roof to make sure it is in sound condition: ensure that shingles aren’t buckled or missing, check for wear around chimneys and pipes, unclog gutters.
- Give all of your pipes a once-over: know where your shut-off valve is located. Do you need a water meter key?
- Inspect your home’s foundation for visible cracks or slanted mortar joints.
In the event that your property suffers from Hurricane Matthew water damage or flooding, don’t hesitate to call Disaster Plus immediately at 843-724-7247 … our team is on-call and ready to assist you with water removal, drying, and mold remediation. We pride ourselves on being Charleston’s oldest family run, completely locally owned and operated disaster specialist team. We’ve earned the trust of thousands over 30 years in business – just check out some of our reviews!