. - Kiawah residents that have not already evacuated should evacuate now, according to an announcement from town officials Thursday. St. Johns Fire District will announce the evacuation order via a loud speaker street by street across the island.
In addition, officials said the island is now closed to all incoming traffic and barricades have been set up. Officials said some bridges may be closed as conditions worsen. Town leaders said anyone who doesn't evacuate should notify the town of Kiawah at 843-768-5103 of your next of kin.
Officials said residents will not be allowed back into the town of Kiawah until determined safe for reentry and authorized by the mayor.
Meanwhile, Isle of Palms Mayor Dick Cronin issued a state of emergency for the city Thursday morning. According to city's Facebook page,
access to IOP through the IOP Connector is not being restricted though that could change due to storm conditions, wind speed & for re-entry post storm.
In the event of a mandatory evacuation, Isle of Palms residents must have a hurricane re-entry sticker in order to return to the island.
Official Evacuation Route for Kiawah and Seabrook: