MONCKS CORNER, S.C.– Berkeley County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will move to OPCON 3 at 12:00 P.M. Thursday, September 7, 2017.
Hurricane Irma’s threat to Berkeley County continues to increase; therefore, Berkeley County is increasing its preparation for the storm. The County agency is closely monitoring the storm and will be coordinating a response if necessary.
OPCON 3 means the EOC will be under a “Limited Activation,” staffed by emergency management personnel and key agencies.
The eye of Hurricane Irma is expected to make its way into South Carolina around 2 a.m., Tuesday, according to the latest forecast cone.
National Weather Service forecasters in Columbia are expecting the storm to arrive near South Carolina as a category 3 or 4 hurricane.
The EOC will be engaged in evacuation discussions (including voluntary relocations and mandatory evacuation), with other area counties and the state. Other preparatory activities, and pre-evacuation conferences will be held.