Monthly Archives: May 2013

Whole lotta coastal hazards today

A lousy marine weather day continues. NWS has made some changes to the wind and wave hazard headlines…here’s the updated list of advisories as of 4PM:

  • The Wind Advisory has been canceled. For land-lovers: A Wind Advisory is in effect until 6 PM today for the coastal counties, including Charleston County. Winds 20-30 MPH with gusts to 40+ MPH will be commonplace near and just inland from the coast (generally along and east of Highway 17). We had some isolated reports of trees down yesterday and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a couple more reports today.
  • Conditions at the beaches remain rough. A High Surf Advisory continues through noon Sunday. Breakers 4-7 feet have been observed and will likely continue through the weekend. This high surf is causing some fairly major beach erosion around Folly Beach in particular.
  • Along with the high surf, a high risk of rip currents will continue through this evening. The water is dangerous right now; nobody should be getting into the ocean! WCBD News 2 reported a possible missing paddleboarder off Isle of Palms last night. A moderate rip current risk will continue on Sunday.
  • Small craft advisories are now up for the Charleston Harbor and coastal waters; Charleston Harbor’s advisory goes until 2am, while the Charleston County coastal waters will be under the Small Craft Advisory through 6am Monday. Gale warnings are no longer in effect. Gale warnings continue for the coastal waters, including Charleston Harbor, until 6PM.
  • The Lake Wind Advisory for Lake Moultrie has been canceled. Lake Moultrie is not off the hook, with a Lake Wind Advisory continuing through 6PM. Winds 15-25 knots will cause some trouble for small craft on the lake.

Look out on Twitter and this blog for additional updates to these hazards.

Updated at 4:05 PM to reflect latest posted hazards from the National Weather Service.