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UPDATE: Hurricane Irma keeps South Carolina on edge

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Updated at 1:30 p.m. Monday:

Airport update:

Charleston International Airport said nearly all airlines have canceled today’s flights. Airport officials said travelers should check with their airlines directly for flight status and rebooking.

Port update:

The S.C. State Ports Authority said all Port of Charleston operations in the Lowcountry will halt at 2 p.m. today. Normal operations will resume Tuesday morning.

The Inland Port in Greer will be closed from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Times subject to change based on weather conditions. 

CARTA update:

The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority suspended all operations as of 10:30 a.m. today.

“The system hopes to provide limited service later in the day/evening,” according to a news release.

Riders who need help coordinating trips should call the CARTA customer service line at 843-724-7420 or the Charleston County Emergency Public Information Line at 843-746-3900.

Bridge warnings:

Charleston County is now at Condition Red/High Wind Bridge Advisory, meaning winds are reaching 40 miles per hour and drivers should not travel on bridges that are 65 feet or higher.

County officials warned Lowcountry residents to avoid driving on any bridges: “At these wind speeds, law enforcement officers may not be present at bridges due to unsafe conditions. Anyone who drives over bridges against the advisory is doing so at their own risk.”

Road closings:

Follow Charleston Police Department on Twitter for continuous updates of road closings in the area. The city asked residents to stay away from White Point Garden area as The Battery continues to flood.

 

Original reporting follows:

Hurricane Irma came to the S.C. Lowcountry on Monday, bringing bands of rain, strong wind gusts and downed power lines and trees in different parts of the region.

SCE&G reported scattered power outages across the Lowcountry as of 10 a.m., with most — more than 5,000 — in Charleston County.

More than 17,000 customers were without power in Beaufort County and Hilton Head Island, the company said. Santee Cooper reported no power outages this morning

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