[image-1] Hurricane Michael, with max winds around 125 mph, will make its presence felt in the Lowcountry starting Thursday morning.
“Based on the most recent forecast, the City of Charleston is expecting an 8-foot high tide at 10:19 a.m. tomorrow morning, Oct. 11, 2018, which will likely result in significant flooding in low lying areas,” the city said in a press release just before 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
By 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, with the storm just west of Bainbridge, Ga., the National Weather Service was forecasting a 7.4-foot tide at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
City offices will close tomorrow, but like tri-county area schools, they are expected to re-open on Fri. Oct. 12. Trash collection will resume on the same day. (Find all the closings we’re tracking here.)
If you’re worried about the survival of your vehicle during high tide, the city is offering free parking from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Friday at two garages: the aquarium garage at 24 Calhoun St. and the Visitor Center garage at 63 Mary St.
“Other potential impacts for the Charleston area include wind and threat of tornadoes, with rainfall expected through Friday morning,” according to city officials.
City emergency operations moved to OPCON 3, describing an “emergency situation likely or imminent,” on Wednesday at noon.