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On the Lookout for Tropical Storm Colin

Tropical Storm Colin is Making Landfall, Are You Prepared?

Tropical Storm Colin is headed our way - expected around 2am Tuesday & the risk of heavy rain and flash flooding will continue through the night. The soil remains saturated from the heavy rains we experienced with Bonnie -any additional prolonged periods of heavy rainfall will likely produce flash flooding in coastal areas, especially during high tide which occurs around 9pm to 12am tonight. Be prepared to protect life and property, especially in areas prone to flooding. If flooding develops, move to higher ground immediately- if driving please exercise extreme caution. Remember, "Turn Around Don't Drown".

How to Prepare and Stay Safe

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Be extra careful when walking outside. Storm damage such as downed power lines and fallen debris could injure you.

6 hours before arrival

  • Close storm shutters if possible and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer.

6 to 12 hours before arrival

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your local government’s website frequently. You’ll get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your phone. You’ll have a full battery if you lose power.

12 to 36 hours before arrival

  • Bring in outdoor furniture and other items that could blow away. These may become a safety hazard.
  • Bookmark your local government’s website. This gives you quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

2016 Beaufort Water Festival-Rendezvous on the River

Lowcountry Insurance is an admiral sponsor of the 61st annual Beaufort Water Festival. Since 1956, The Beaufort Water Festival has brought residents and visitors from Beaufort, Charleston, Savannah, Hilton Head Island and parts beyond together in a two-week long celebration of the coastal Lowcountry. The Beaufort Water Festival is comprised of more than two dozen individual events including sporting events, aquatic events, arts & crafts, music and of course, the best of Lowcountry cuisine.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Memorial Day

Ah, Memorial Day – the long weekend that serves as the unofficial kickoff to summer – is almost here. It’s a time for road trips, barbecues and all kinds of outdoor activities in and around the Lowcountry, and we want your long weekend to be a safe one, too. So here are some things to keep in mind as you celebrate the holiday.

Having a cookout?

  • Keep children away from hot surfaces at all times.
  • When using a gas grill, make sure there are no leaks that could cause a fire or explosion.
  • If you’re using charcoal, never apply lighter fluid to briquettes that are already burning, and make sure you wait until the coals are cool before discarding
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy in case of emergency.
  • Don’t use your grill indoors.
  • If your yard has a pool, an adult MUST be present and alert at all times when children are near or in the water.
  • If you’re serving alcohol at your party, make sure your guests are of age and have a safe ride home

Taking a road trip?

  • Make frequent stops along the way if your road trip is a long. Driving safely (and patiently) will make your holiday safer and more enjoyable.
  • Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows before you leave, and turn on your headlights as dusk approaches (or during bad weather).
  • Carry an emergency kit in your trunk, including food, water, blankets and safety gear.
  • Research the weather forecast for your destination and route.
  • Make sure someone knows about your travel plans.

Heading out on a boat?

Boating is another classic Memorial Day weekend activity – and can be one of the most dangerous if basic safety precautions aren’t taken. Before you hit the water, check out these tips:

  • Avoid alcohol when boating or swimming, and make sure those in control of the boat are operating it safely and drug and alcohol free.
  • Always wear a life jacket and ensure children do as well, inflatable life jackets are perfect for the sandbar!
  • Make sure children are supervised at all times.

Don’t forget the sun!

With any luck, it will be sunny on Memorial Day weekend – after all, it’s a lot more fun to be outside when it’s nice. But that means you need to take care of your skin, too, protecting against sunburn and heat stroke. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF (at least 30) and reapply throughout the day. Drink plenty of water, especially if you are consuming alcohol. And make sure children are protected from the sun.

Whether you’re hitting the highway, the water or just your own backyard, taking a little time to think about safety can make a world of difference. Enjoy the holiday, and don't forget to take a moment to remember what this holiday is really about, remembering the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces.