(Closed) Freaking out!! SC weather in September??

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
76 posts
Worker bee

It’s really rare that there’s a bad hurricane in general.  SC also doesn’t tend to get as hard hit as Florida or the Gulf Coast.  It’s a little bit of a risk, but I wouldn’t worry too much. Is your wedding right on the coast?

Post # 5
2951 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

The weather on your wedding day is something that is out of your hands.

There is nothing you can do, what will be will be. Don’t let that one comment spoil your excitement. I know it’s hard but try not to worry 🙂 

Post # 6
692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

Hurricane season runs from July through November…it’s kind of hard to get around. I wouldn’t worry too terribly much. I’m from Florida and planning a wedding in SC as well.

As Miss Blue Whale asked, are you going to be coastal?

Post # 8
999 posts
Busy bee

It really just depends. Can’t really promise there won’t be a hurricane at that time but definitely have a contingency plan just in case. I don’t think SC coast is badly affected as the Gulf Coast and FL. But we have had trouble on the NC coast the past yr or two.

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I got married last September in North Carolina and worried about hurricanes, too, because, yes, Jul – Nov is hurricane season.  But you’ll probably be fine!  

Here’s some info from the state: “Hurricanes and tropical storms are irregular visitors to coastal South Carolina. In the period 1901-2009, only 27 tropical cyclones have made landfall on the South Carolina coast.   Of these, only eight were of Category 2 to Category 4 intensity. Since 1900, no Category 5 hurricanes have hit South Carolina.” (from http://www.dnr.sc.gov/climate/sco/Tropics/hurricanes_affecting_sc.php#history).

Just make sure you pay attention to your contracts so you know if in the rare case there is an evacuation because of a hurricane, what happens to your money!

Post # 10
1428 posts
Bumble bee

Mount Pleasant is not directly on the coast of SC so honestly, I wouldn’t worry too much. I’ve been in that area of Charleston (just a few miles from MP) in May, July, and September and have never experienced any hurricanes while I was visiting.

If you don’t mind me asking, where are you getting married?

Post # 11
263 posts
Helper bee

I live in South Carolina. By the time September rolls around, we’ve basically had our fair share of tropical upsets and are over it. I would say everything should be fine. However, with any outdoor affair (it is outdoors, I’m presuming) I would have a contingency plan. There are tons of beautiful, historic churches in that area which would be more than appropriate. 

Post # 12
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Ok the facts…

(I love how people downplay / forget about weather phenomena once the event has passed)

Mr TTR and I are travel nuts… we visit Myrtle Beach (and the Charleston area) several times a year… and often those trips happen in September or October… in that Mr TTR likes to extends his golf season as much as possible

South Carolina can be gorgeous weatherwise right thru to October / November.

September can be lovely !!

Hurricane Season in the Atlantic is June 1 thru to December 1

August and September and into October is prime Hurricane season.

BUT only a few Hurricanes ever strike above Florida (dead-on hits)

As posted above by LaughLines:  the odds are in your favour

BUT that isn’t to say that they don’t happen…

OR even that stormfronts that move thru the Atlantic Region can’t be devasting whether they are Hurricanes or not…

For example…

Hurricane Sandy, the East Coast’s last BIG Hurricane encounter… was a full-blown Hurricane at a Category 3 when she made landfall in Cuba on October 25th.  Turning northward along the US Atlantic Coast, she diminished in intensity… and was a Tropical Storm off of the Carolinas on October 26th & 27th… In the next 2 Days, she built up strength again and was a Category 1 Hurricane on October 29th by the time she made landfall in New Jersey and the New York City area.

And of course the rest is history… she brought a lot of DISRUPTION and destruction to much of the Atlantic Coast, not only where she hit head-on, but for many other places that felt her effects

A Hurricane is a HUGE weather event… Hurricane Sandy affected 24 States in the US, and 6 Provinces.

Infact, when a Hurricane happens in the Southern USA… it is quite common that the wind, rain and other effects (like flooding), can careene thru a good part of our two countries (just look at any weather map tracks for a Hurricane)

NASA – Hurricanes (Sandy 2012) = http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2012/h2012_Sandy.html

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Mount Pleasant is a suburb of Charleston, SC.  It is in the region of SC known as “low country”… where you’ll find salt water marshes, and altho technically “inland” from the coast (by aprox 4 Miles), you really aren’t that far away (hence the brackish water).

GOOGLE MAPS – Mount Pleasant SC = http://goo.gl/maps/pz7Ib

When a major storm front (Hurricane Status or not) is in the Atlantic off the USA, there will be some sort of effect felt in this area of the Carolinas.

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All that said tho, as others have mentioned it is a crap shoot.  You cannot predict ahead of time when Hurricanes will happen… will it be September 2013… or will be BIG Month be October that year… or will ALL the Hurricanes be in taking in place in the Gulf of Mexico?  This is Mother Nature and she is unpredictable. 

My best advice… take away from this what you will.  And make your choices accordingly.

Knowing that there is a POSSIBILITY that YES weather may throw a monkey-wrench into your plans at the last minute !!

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@leecy87:  I have family in Mt Pleasant and it’s a beautiful place. The weather could go either way (rainy and cool or hot and sunny) but I would bet on somewhere in between. I lived in NC for 25 years, the weather is unpredictable!

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