Hurricane Dorian impacted the East Cooper area with Category 2 wind speeds and rainfall on Thursday, Sept. 5. Fortunately, the area did not experience heavy flooding during high tide as the storm moved north.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation for coastal counties at noon on Monday, Sept. 2. The hurricane approached the Charleston coast on Thursday with winds reaching 80-90 mph bringing down many trees and power lines, causing some structural damage in the area that lead to power outages.

The evacuation order was lifted for Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Horry and Georgetown counties on Friday, Sept. 6 once the storm had passed to allow residents to return home safely. Drivers were asked to be cautious of fallen trees, downed power lines and standing water.

The Town of Mount Pleasant’s Emergency Manager Amanda Knight said that they are still assessing the wind damage from Hurricane Dorian, but can report 88 trees fell on roads in the town during the storm. Mount Pleasant and surrounding municipalities have began collecting debris and resumed normal collection routes.

“We are working with Charleston County to obtain additional debris removal resources to expand our debris collection efforts. The cleanup from the storm will not occur overnight, but we will get it done as soon as possible. We thank you in advance for your patience,” Knight said.

Mount Pleasant Public Services and Mount Pleasant Waterworks offered storm recovery and hurricane debris collection tips to residents on Friday, which are posted on the Moultrie News website. Residents were urged to limit water usage until the wastewater system operations returned to normal, separate debris into different piles, cut limbs into 4-foot sections and keep debris piles away from utilities.

On Saturday, Sept. 7 Dominion Energy announced their crews were moving swiftly to restore power following Hurricane Dorian. The announcement said power had been restored to more than 410,000 customers in SC, NC and VA, and that their crews were working around the clock on behalf of remaining 35,700 customers at that time. On Monday, Sept. 9 Dominion Energy announced a donation of $250,000 to Hurricane Dorian recovery in the SC, NC and VA regions that were impacted by the storm.

Members of the community are encouraged to stay prepared throughout the remainder of hurricane season, which lasts through the end of November.

“We are still at the height of the hurricane season and must continue to remain alert and prepared for the impact of storms. September is National Preparedness Month and I invite the community to visit our website and social media channels where we promote family and community disaster and emergency planning,” Knight added.

There is also a video of a tree falling down during the storm in Dunes West at moultrienews.com/videos.