Monday, September 26, 2022


Is it safe to go to the beach when a hurricane is approaching? 

The town of Hilton Head is carefully monitoring the approaching Hurricane Ian in the Gulf of Mexico, but no decision has been made on water safety for residents or vacationers, including whether to close the beaches this weekend. Public Safety Director Bob Bromage said while Hilton Head has the authority to close roads and beach access points, there aren’t any plans to do so ahead of Hurricane Ian. He urged people to stay informed of water hazards like riptides and storm surge this week through the National Weather Service, the news media and social media. 

Beaufort County Spokesperson Chris Ophardt said the county has no real jurisdiction to keep visitors off beaches around Hilton Head, but the state can choose to shut down beaches on state-owned land. There’s really no way to keep people off private beachfront property that runs up to beaches, he said. According to the National Weather Service, Hilton Head Island and surrounding areas are likely to begin seeing the effects of Hurricane Ian, including high winds and sustained rainfall, late Wednesday or early Thursday.

God, our Father, Eternal and Omnipotent, Creator and Lord of the Universe, you have set the earth on its foundation and all elements of nature obey your command. You give food to all flesh, cover the heavens with clouds, and provide rain to the earth ─ We humbly beseech you Lord, Most High, to keep us safe from all dangers and to calm all the storms of life that threaten us: especially the attack of whirlwinds and tornadoes, the calamity and destruction of hurricanes, the din and damage of hail storms, the striking of thunderbolts and lightning, and the devastation of floods and tidal waves.

May we be secure in your loving protection, seek your Will in all our experiences, and serve you always with grateful hearts. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


1 comment:

monkmcg said...

During a slow news cycle, the newsies and (sadly) public authorities look for something to keep us alarmed about. Ian has very little chance of coming our way. We will get "spillover" because it is a big storm. But nothing to worry about; nothing we need the government to protect us from.