Bert’s Market is boarded up on Folly Beach as the community continued to weather Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Thursday, September 5, 2019. Roger Rutledge/Provided

Charleston’s barrier islands brace for ‘big test’ of Dorian’s afternoon high tide

For Charleston’s barrier islands, Thursday morning brought a cautious sense of relief as impacts from Hurricane Dorian overnight were not as severe as expected.

But the storm was far from over.

Residents and officials continued to hunker down as Dorian continued to churn of the coast spewing out rain and high winds.

Sullivan’s Island Administrator Andy Benke said the barrier island “fared pretty well” overnight, with the power still on and perhaps a dozen trees down.

“I guess the big test will be this afternoon around 2 p.m., at high tide,” he said shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

Isle of Palms Mayor Jimmy Carroll said he hasn’t lost power and the island has fared well, so far.

On Twitter, Police Chief Kevin Cornett posted photographs of island roads beginning to flood, and said the wind was picking up late Thursday morning.

The island’s Police Department also reported power lines down at 3rd Avenue and Palm Boulevard and posted on Instagram a photo of a sailboat that had drifted up against the Isle of Palms connector.

Roger Rutledge, a Folly Beach resident of eight years, said the rain was coming down and the wind was “still kicking” as of late Thursday morning.

Rutledge was traveling around the island to check on 20 properties belonging to his friends.

Overall, ocean conditions were rough, but there was not too much destruction on the island, he said.

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