Hurricane Information

This page will be used to pass named storm information. Communications from Windmill Harbour Association should be secondary to the messages passed from government officials via local TV, radio and emergency management agencies.


South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will hold a press conference today, Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. regarding Hurricane Florence and its potential impact for South Carolina. Live press events may begin slightly later than scheduled.

Watch live via @SCETV ( )

SCETV is South Carolina’s public broadcasting, storytelling, and education network.

Advisory: Summary of Sheriff P.J. Tanner’s 11:30 a.m. press conference:

As of this time, there is no evacuation order for Beaufort County. If residents and guests feel uncomfortable and are in a position to leave ahead of Hurricane Florence, we strongly recommend they do so and head South into Georgia or Florida.

Based on current forecasts, low-lying areas of Beaufort County that experienced flooding during hurricanes Matthew and Irma may experience the same, or potentially worse, impacts. Those who choose to stay during the storm should be prepared for water surge, power outages and downed trees.

Beaufort County residents and guests can expect to see Sheriff’s Office deputies, South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers, as well as personnel from the South Caroliina Probation, Pardon and Parole, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Army National Guard at traffic control points on U.S. 278 and U.S. 21. Those personnel are monitoring traffic flow on those two roads and are prepared to implement lane reversals, only if necessary.

Currently, driving is not being restricted in Beaufort County and all bridges to access Beaufort County’s barrier Islands are open.

Residents and guests are encouraged to follow the projected path of the storm through


Sheriff P.J. Tanner will hold a press conference today, Sept. 12th at 11:30 a.m.

Sheriff Tanner’s press conference will be broadcast through Facebook Live and the County Channel. Links to watch the press conference are below, we encourage you to watch:

Sheriff’s Office Facebook Live:

Links to the County Channel broadcast:

Direct Link: (From the Conference)

Granicus: (Live from Television)


Register for email and text alerts from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office through Nixle by visiting  or text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for mobile alerts.

The five-day cone made a pretty large shift overnight.  The current update puts us well within the five-day error cone and increases our chances of tropical storm force winds.  Florence is a large storm with the potential to impact our area.  At this point we are not under any hurricane watch or warning, but that could change.

We encourage you to monitor the storm through the National Hurricane Center ( for updates on projected storm paths at 5:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily.


SC governor lifts evacuation order for Beaufort, Jasper counties before Hurricane Florence

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The Governor of SC has ordered a mandatory evacuation of all coastal counties, including Beaufort County effective noon Tuesday, September 11th.  It is important for everybody to monitor local media, Sheriff’s notifications, and the the Town of Hilton Head websites for latest evacuation information.  Please review the email you received a few hours ago from Jaime regarding evacuation procedures and sources of information.  

We encourage evacuation per recommendations of local and state emergency officials.  If you know of a neighbor who is in need of help, please make Security aware of this, and we encourage those who can to lend a hand.  Most importantly – stay safe!

Once local authorities permit return to home, Security will assess our community to ensure it is safe, including flooding, down trees, electric power and sewage.  Once the assessment has been made, it will be communicated to Windmill Harbour residents via Jaime’s email blast and website posts (  Upon returning home, we encourage you to use extra precaution in ensuring your homes are safe and operating normally.

Safe travels to all!

Don Baldwin, President

The Governor’s Office ordered a mandatory evacuation for all coastal counties in South Carolina effective noon tomorrow.  The mandatory medical evacuation was effective as of 1:00 pm today.

Tips Prior to evacuating:  secure exterior items (furniture, pots, statues, etc.); turn propane gas off at tank; turn water supply lines off; secure windows if possible; turn power off to pool equipment; lock doors to home; store vehicles inside garage if possible; dispose of perishable food…

Windmill Harbour Association will continue to communicate with you through email blasts, which are also posted on the website

AGAIN, please evacuate and be safe.  Windmill Harbour will continue to communicate with you and will let you know when it is safe to return to the community.

Please follow state and local official’s direction to evacuate.  Reminder – Emergency Management Services, including hospitals, police, fire department, and our Windmill Harbour security team will evacuate.  If you decide to stay, you are on your own.

Preparations you may notice at Windmill Harbour:

  • The pool at Indian Hill is closed.  The power to the pool equipment was turned off and extra chlorine was added to the water.
  • The lagoon water level will begin to lower.
  • The power to all the fountains in the lagoons will be turned off.
  • All common area irrigation is turned off.

The above will be restored as quickly as possible upon return from evacuation.