Charleston moves to OPCON 2, city parking garages will be free at 5 p.m.

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — Emergency officials with the the City of Charleston announced it is now operating at OPCON 2, ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Beginning Friday, September 8, at 5 p.m., city parking garages will be free for residents to park their cars throughout the duration of the storm.

Officials say free parking will exclude the Gaillard Center parking garage (33 Alexander Street), the Marion Square garage (399 King Street), and the first floor of the Visitor Center garage (73 Mary Street). Garage openings are for cars only, and don't apply to boats or trailers.

A full list of parking garages can be found at

City of Charleston offices will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12.


Residents should be aware that due to storm preparations, this week's trash collection has been temporarily delayed in certain areas and will continue through tomorrow, September 9.

Officials say all city recreation facilities will be closed Saturday, September 9 through Monday, September 11. Athletic activities and events are postponed through Tuesday, September 12.


The city continues to distribute sandbags to residents anticipating flooding, and will do so for as long as supplies last.

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