The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Charleston County for today from noon to 7 p.m. Heat indices are expected to reach 110 degrees along the U.S. Highway 17 corridor, with other parts of the Lowcountry remaining nearly as hot.
Lowcountry residents should take extra precautions to prevent heat- and weather-related illnesses and deaths, as WCBD-TV reported three-weather related deaths in Dorchester County since the end of 2022.
The National Weather Service urged people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned space and stay out of the sun. People who work or spend time outside should take extra precautions:
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, when possible.
- To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
- Heat stroke is an emergency. Call 911.
Meanwhile as the Lowcountry struggles with sweltering heat, the Farmers’ Almanac looks ahead to the winter, predicting a “shivery, wet and slushy” season for the southeastern region of the United States. Stay cool now; keep warm later.
Also in the news today:
CP NEWS: Charleston Co. ranks 3rd in Atlantic hurricane vulnerability study. South Carolina and Florida dominated the list of most vulnerable counties for hurricanes along the Atlantic coast in a new study by Gutter Gnome. Charleston County ranked third overall among counties most at risk.
CP FOOD: Kultura proves Filipino is here to stay in Charleston. Charleston chef Nikko Cagalanan, known for Filipino pop-up Mansueta’s, opened his first brick-and-mortar in downtown Charleston, serving Filipino food to the masses.
S.C. lawmakers study cost, collaboration opportunities to give free meals for K-12 students. South Carolina lawmakers are exploring the expense of offering free meals to all K-12 students statewide by looking at how to maximize various nutrition programs funded by the federal government to feed more students, while increasing collaborations with local farmers.
Nightly lane closures set for Glenn McConnell Pkwy. Charleston County Public Works will be working on the eastbound inside travel lane and select left turn lanes from Bees Ferry Road to Magwood Drive along Glenn McConnell Parkway. Closures begin at 7 p.m. and the lanes will reopen by 6 a.m through August 16.
Charleston to hear public input in downtown road safety plan. The South Carolina Department of Transportation identified downtown Charleston as having four of the top ten most dangerous roadways in the state. The audit has prompted Charleston leaders to gather feedback from the public to help make changes to the dangerous roads and intersections. Meanwhile, Charleston cycling advocates push for a bike lane proposal on King Street.
Charleston Beerfest returns in September. Charleston Beerfest will return to North Charleston in September, with over 60 breweries from North and South Carolina and Georgia set to participate. The festival will feature a vendor village and musical performances from the Grammy-award-winning Rebirth Brass Band.
Charleston hosts 20th First Day Festival. The city of Charleston will host its 20th annual First Day Festival to hand out school supplies 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Gaillard Center and the South Carolina Aquarium.
New buildings coming to Charleston’s downtown historic district. Two mixed-use buildings in historic districts are coming to downtown Charleston near the intersection of Meeting Street and Horlbeck Alley at the old Days Inn site and on King Street near the I-26 overpass. However, some members of the community are worried about the new buildings, citing concerns of the volume of the building compared to others and lack of design coordination with neighboring properties.
New Charleston restaurants opening this month, later this year. The Habit, offering American cuisine with an international flavor, officially opens Aug. 10 on East Bay St. Meanwhile, Woodhaven Pizza is slated to open in Mount Pleasant and Sweatman’s Garden is slated to open in the old Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen location in the South Windermere Shopping Center.
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