CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - As of 6 a.m. several curfews across the Lowcountry expired, but experts say that does not mean it is safe to venture outside.
Berkeley County officials urged people to stay sheltered Saturday morning. Berkeley County alone reported 61 impediments on roadways, including tree limbs, debris and flooding that makes the roads dangerous or impassable.
Other counties have likewise reported road, power and flooding issues.
"Please be extra careful, now is not the time, as the sun gets ready to come up in about an hour, do not go outside. Wait for this storm. Wait for us to tell you it's okay," Meteorologist Joey Sovine said. "When you have winds 60, 70 mph, you can step outside and you don't know what's going on out there, what debris is in the air. It can be tossed around very easily and can be very dangerous."
Sovine said wind gust reports as of 6 a.m. at Folly Beach Pier were coming in at 60 mph, below hurricane-force strength, but says the western part of the storm that is currently over the Beaufort area has stronger winds. As that pivots, he said, reports of 70 to 80 mph winds are coming in.
Charleston and Berkeley County curfews were in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday and Beaufort and Colleton Counties have a curfew in effect until 7 a.m.
Dorchester County officials announced a curfew "until further notice" that went into effect at 6 a.m. Friday.