A wintry punch blew into the lowcountry last night and this morning, and we are enjoying some quiet time at home and on the island with family and friends. The power flickered once, but otherwise has remained on, and we are all safe and warm. The 9:30 Roundtable coffee group even met this morning to connect with neighbors and warm up at Huyler House.
The Dewees Island ferry shut down yesterday after the 1/1:30 run. Schools were dismissed early, but island kids stayed home all day yesterday due to transportation logistics. Coastal South Carolina is basically shut down today: The Ravenel Bridge (Route 17) and the Don Holt Bridge (Route 526) are both closed, as is the Isle of Palms Connector. As the newscaster said, “If you live East of the Cooper, you’re staying East of the Cooper.” Precipitation has essentially stopped, but the temperatures on the island are still about 29 degrees, so it hasn’t melted much, and the world is still white and sparkly. The Dewees Island Public Safety guys have been clearing downed trees from the roadways, which are slushy but passable. The temperature is holding steady, and schools are (officially) closed again tomorrow. The kids have been outside enjoying the icy fun:
Here are some photos and short videos.