Hurricane Dorian

Hurricane Dorian was “a non-event” for Pierce County.

“We didn’t have any rain at all to speak of — barely even a sprinkle — and even the wind wasn’t too bad,” said Sheriff Ramsey Bennett.

Pierce County Emergency Management Agency Director Santo Niño said his office only fielded eight weather related calls during the event.

“Almost all of the calls were about trees and power lines,” he said. “We were fortunate to have minor  incidents and no loss of power during Hurricane Dorian”.

Sustained winds of around 20 miles per hour — with gusts to about 30 miles per hour — were experienced late Wednesday and into Thursday as the storm passed by to the east of the Georgia coast. The eye of the storm was about 100 miles off shore.

Barely a trace of rain was reported county-wide during the storm.

Bennett said the storm gave county residents “some practice” in the case of an actual hurricane strike.

Pierce County Schools were canceled Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Wednesday, Sept. 4, as a safety precaution due to the approaching storm.

Niño expressed his thanks to members of the Pierce County Volunteer Fire Department  — and their families — for their service during the weather event.

“The Pierce County Fire Department activated a three vehicle strike team to address calls in rapid response manner,” he said. “These guys were here and were away from their families. I want to thank Strike Team Dorian and their families for their dedication to the community.”