National Weather Service issues storm warnings

Hurricane Dorian continues to make it's way north toward the Charleston area on Wednesday afternoon.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Dorchester County, according to the National Weather Service in Charleston. Additionally, a Hurricane Warning is in effect for Inland Berkeley County related to the approaching Hurricane Dorian.

Residents should either evacuate now or prepare to ride out the storm.

The National Weather Service has issued the below statement related increasing storm conditions related to Dorchester County.

“Hurricane Dorian remains a very dangerous hurricane. Dorian is forecast to continue northwestward just off the east coast of Florida today, then turn north and eventually northeast as it passes near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts tonight through Thursday night.

“The risk for hazardous conditions continues to increase across the region including damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge inundation, flash flooding, strong rip currents, and severe beach erosion.

“Additionally, dangerous marine conditions will occur across the adjacent coastal waters, including the Charleston Harbor. The combination of significant storm surge inundation and heavy rainfall will enhance the risk for flash flooding, especially along (the) coast, including Downtown Charleston, portions of the Savannah Metro Area, and the nearby coastal communities. This is a dangerous situation and preparations should be rushed to completion today.”