Florence was a bit of a dud, but don't let down your guard just yet as the Charleston area could still get hit with some flooding. But despite that possible threat, life is starting to returning back to normal. 

For those who stayed and those who evacuated, here are a few tips that you might find useful. 

Evacuation order and traffic

Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation order for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley and Colleton counties on Saturday. Evacuation orders for Georgetown and Horry counties are slated to be lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Roadways are back to normal on Interstate 26. That means you can head toward Charleston on the interstate. Eastbound lanes were reversed on Tuesday for traffic leaving the city and were restored to westbound traffic Thursday night. 

The S.C. Department of Transportation has asked that residents returning to the area remain patient and expect lengthy travel times, potentially blocked roadways or detours back to evacuated areas. Drivers should not go around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Trash and debris

The city of Charleston's residential trash and garbage pickup will resume on the normal schedule starting Monday. Throughout the week, crews will pick up all garbage and debris placed at the curb (excluding e-waste), even bags that do not fit in the cart. Commercial trash and garbage collection will resume Sunday.

The Bees Ferry Landfill and Charleston County Convenience Centers will be open on Monday. Curbside recycling will resume Monday on a normal schedule.

Residents in other areas should contact your municipality for more information.


To the parents who have been locked up with their kids in the house, we have some news for you.

Berkeley County School District schools and offices will open for staff and students Monday and will operate on a regular schedule. School bus pick up will also operate on a normal schedule.

Charleston County School District will reopen for school on Monday. All school buses and bus routes are planning to run as scheduled on Monday.

Dorchester County School District 2 School Board member Justin Farnsworth said in a Facebook post Saturday afternoon the district will open schools and all facilities on Monday and will operate on a normal schedule.

Stores and restaurants

Tired of canned soup or peanut butter sandwiches? You're in luck. The plywood started coming down from the windows of several Charleston area restaurants and stores Saturday that had previously been shuttered in anticipation of the storm. However, take caution and call ahead to confirm store and restaurant hours.

Power outages

If you need to report an outage, how to do that depends on which utility supplies your electricity. Each of the utilities also has an outage map on its website where you can get updates.

• South Carolina Electric & Gas: Call the automated response line at 1-888-333-4465 or report online at sceg.com.

• Santee Cooper: Call 1-888-769-7688 or report online at santeecooper.com.

• Berkeley Electric Cooperative: Call 1-888-253-4232 or report online at berkeleyelectric.coop.

If you lost power and are using a generator, do not use it indoors. Running generators inside homes, garages or other enclosed areas can cause fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Medical emergencies

Hospital emergency rooms will continue to treat patients as staff is able. Emergency services at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital resumed Saturday.

Roper St. Francis Healthcare will resume normal operations on Monday, as will outpatient services at the Charleston VA Medical Center. 


Surfers, rejoice. Folly Beach reopened and the curfew ended. A curfew for Horry County is set to be lifted at 9 a.m. Sunday 


The runways at Charleston International were reopened to commercial flights Saturday

Delta Air Lines planned to operate a "few" flights on Saturday while a JetBlue Airways spokesman said the carrier planned to resume service Sunday.

Air carriers serving the Myrtle Beach International Airport have tentatively scheduled their flight operations to resume on Sunday. 

It is recommended that departing passengers arrive at the airport earlier than normal to account for extra time that may be required at airline check-in and TSA checkpoint screening.

Passengers should contact their air carrier for information on cancellations, for rebooking assistance and for information on travel waivers. 


Regular bus service resumes on Sunday. For route information and news about the Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority, go to ridecarta.com or CARTA's feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Reach Hannah Alani at 843-937-5428. Follow her on Twitter @HannahAlani.

Hannah Alani is a reporter at The Post and Courier covering race, immigration and rural life across the Palmetto State. Before graduating from Indiana University and moving to Charleston in 2017, her byline appeared in The New York Times.