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South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in Knightsville, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.

With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.

We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren't 100% satisfied with our work, we'll do our part to make it right.

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Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

  • We have been serving clients in South Carolina since 1983 - before many of our clients were even born!
  • We provide a wide range of HVAC services for both heating and air conditioning.
  • We are committed to giving our clients the highest quality products and services at affordable prices.
  • As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the best HVAC units available.
  • We are members of the South Carolina Association of Heating and Air Conditioning Contractors.
  • We are members of our local Chamber of Commerce and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

If you need a trusted AC repair company in Knightsville, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:

Air Conditioning Repair in Knightsville, SC

Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.

In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.

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Here are just a few of the AC issues that our talented team can help solve for you:
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Air Conditioning Drainage Block

Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.

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Air Conditioning Refrigerant Leak

Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.

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Heater Keeps Running

This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.

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Burning Odors

It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.

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Broken Air Conditioning Compressor Fan

This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.

Our Special Offers

One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.

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If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.

Air Conditioning Install in Knightsville, SC

Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.

If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.

At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in Knightsville.

Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.

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Common Signs That You Need a New AC Install in Knightsville, SC

Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.

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Strange Noises

Almost all air conditioners make a bit of low-level noise as they warm up and turn off. However, if you hear loud, unusual noises, it might be a sign that your air conditioner's time is coming to an end. Buzzing and rattling noises are often indicators of a loose part. Grinding and whistling noises may mean something more serious is happening. Because these issues won't dissipate over time, it's crucial to have your air conditioner examined if you hear loud, strange noises.

Frequent Repairs

Knightsville AC repair is essential for keeping your air conditioner working efficiently. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense from a cost perspective to install a replacement system. This is especially true if your repairs are racking up. Some AC experts suggest using the "$5,000 rule" if you're considering a new AC install. Simply multiply the age of your air conditioner by the costs you have been paying to repair your unit. If that amount is over $5,000, it may make more financial sense to install a new air conditioner rather than pay for expensive repairs throughout the year.

Higher Energy Bills

If you notice that your energy bill has significantly increased in price, it could be a sign that your HVAC unit is struggling to cool your home effectively. Try to be mindful of your air conditioner's cooling cycles. If you notice frequent cycles, even in the summer, it could be the reason for your increased energy bill. In these cases, it's best to have an expert test your system to see if a repair or replacement option is best for your family.

Age of Air Conditioning Unit

This sign is a no-brainer and one of the easiest ways to tell if you need to install a new AC system. On average, your HVAC unit will have a lifespan of 12 to 15 years. If your unit is more than ten years old and doesn't have the "pizzaz" that it once had, it might be time to think about installing a new air conditioning unit.

R-22 Refrigerant

Old air conditioners usually require a type of refrigerant called R-22. This substance is very harmful to the environment and has been all but outlawed on newer HVAC systems. If your AC unit is old enough to require R-22, you should give serious thought to replacing your system with a newer, environmentally friendly solution.

Call Action Heating & Air Conditioning Today!

Over our 35+ year history, we have built our reputation on honesty, skilled workmanship, and reasonable pricing. If you are on the hunt for the highest quality air conditioning repair in Knightsville, SC, give our office a call today.

Call us at 843-890-0532

Protecting Your Investment

Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.

As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in Knightsville, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn't grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.

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If you're having second thoughts about purchasing an extended warranty, consider these points:
  • Generally speaking, HVAC equipment lasts anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, warranties provided by the factory will often expire before the service life of your cooling unit is over. With an extended warranty, your indoor comfort system is covered even if the factory warranty expires.
  • Having an extended warranty on your AC system gives you the chance to project and plan for any HVAC costs. This helps you balance your budget and anticipate expenses so you aren't caught off guard. Having a warranty will also help protect your budget against increases in labor and parts costs due to inflation.
  • If you're thinking of selling your home, having an extended warranty may help raise your home's value. You may also be able to transfer your extended warranty to your new home if you choose to do so.

Latest News in Knightsville, SC

Winter Storm - January 3, 2018

OverviewA rare winter storm affected southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia on January 3, 2018. The storm produced a variety of wintry precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain. Charleston Airport (KCHS) measured 5.3 inches of snow, the 3rd greatest daily snowfall on record, just 0.1 inches shy of the 5.4 inches that fell during the ...

Overview

A rare winter storm affected southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia on January 3, 2018. The storm produced a variety of wintry precipitation, including snow, sleet and freezing rain. Charleston Airport (KCHS) measured 5.3 inches of snow, the 3rd greatest daily snowfall on record, just 0.1 inches shy of the 5.4 inches that fell during the 1973 storm. This made it the snowiest January on record at Charleston Airport and 2nd snowiest at Savannah Airport (KSAV). Due to the continued cold air in place even after the storm, the snow/ice remained on the ground in spots for many days causing significant disruptions to travel and commerce. Charleston Airport recorded snow on the ground for 5 consecutive days which is the most on record. Check out a visible satellite image on January 4 showing the snow left behind from the storm.

Technical Discussion

Arctic high pressure was in place at the surface ahead of an upper-level disturbance moving east across the Southeast U.S.. This caused surface low pressure to develop near the Bahamas, then move northward near the Gulf Stream and spread moisture across southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina. Precipitation began in the predawn hours along the Georgia coast, then spread north and west during the day before tapering off across Georgia in the afternoon and in the evening across South Carolina. Surface wet-bulb temperatures were at or below freezing at the onset. However, due to a shallow, above-freezing layer just above the surface, as noted on the 18 UTC (1 PM EST) upper-air sounding at Charleston, precipitation began as primarily freezing rain with some sleet mixed in. Then, colder air moved into the area from the northwest during the afternoon as the surface low pressure system moved by offshore causing the precipitation to transition to snow. Aside from a brief burst of sleet that spread up the coast during the afternoon, snow was the predominant precipitation type until the end of the event. As is often the case during winter storms determining when this changeover would occur was one of the forecast challenges we faced.

Another challenging aspect to the forecast was determining the snow-to-liquid ratios (SLR) during the event, which typically are ~7:1 on average in this area, meaning that for every inch of liquid precipitation that falls there will be ~7 inches of snow. Of course, in reality this usually changes during an event as the amount of moisture and the vertical temperature profile of the atmosphere change.

For more information on the technical terms discussed, check out the NWS JetStream glossary.

Snow/Ice Amounts

Public Information StatementSpotter ReportsNational Weather Service Charleston SC219 PM EST Fri Jan 05 2018The following are unofficial observations taken by various qualitycontrolled observations systems from across Southeast South Carolinaand Southeast Georgia.********************STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL********************LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                     SNOWFALL           OF                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENTGEORGIA...Bryan County...   Ellabell               6.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Pembroke               5.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Richmond Hill          4.0   400 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 N Keller             2.5   400 PM  1/03  Other Federal   Lanier                 1.5  1224 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio...Bulloch County...   Nevils                 4.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Brooklet               3.5   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   5 SE Brooklet          3.5   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   6 SSE Stilson          3.5   311 PM  1/03  Social Media   Statesboro             3.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media...Candler County...   Metter                 2.0   100 PM  1/03  911 Call Center...Chatham County...   Garden City            4.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Bloomingdale           3.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Pooler                 3.0   145 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   Port Wentworth         3.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 SW Windsor Forest    2.5   500 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   2 ENE Skidaway Islan   2.0   210 PM  1/03  CoCoRaHS   2 SW Meinhard          2.0  1226 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   1 WSW White Bluff      1.2   140 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter...Effingham County...   Springfield            4.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   4 NE Eden              4.0   400 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   Guyton                 3.8   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Rincon                 3.8   300 PM  1/03  Social Media   Meldrim                3.5   352 PM  1/03  Social Media   Marlow                 2.9   500 PM  1/03  CoCoRaHS...Evans County...   1 WNW Hagan            3.5   300 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager...Jenkins County...   6 SW Scarboro          0.2   300 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager...Liberty County...   Allenhurst             5.1   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Sunbury                2.0   158 PM  1/03  Social Media   4 ESE Midway           1.5   325 PM  1/03  Public   Hinesville             0.9   230 PM  1/03  Public   2 ENE Retreat            T   455 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement...Long County...   Ludowici               3.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   4 W Ludowici           2.0   400 PM  1/03  Social Media...McIntosh County...   Townsend               2.0   130 PM  1/03  Social Media   Darien                 1.0   115 PM  1/03  Snow total.   Crescent               0.3   300 PM  1/03  Social Media...Screven County...   Oliver                 3.0   230 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 SSW Newington        3.0   230 PM  1/03  Social Media   Dover                  1.0   200 PM  1/03  Social Media   5 N Sylvania           0.5   230 PM  1/03  Social Media...Tattnall County...   Reidsville             2.9   400 PM  1/03  Social Media   Glennville             2.6   400 PM  1/03  Social MediaSOUTH CAROLINA...Allendale County...   Fairfax                2.0   330 PM  1/03  Utility Company...Beaufort County...   Hilton Head Island     4.5   400 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   Bluffton               4.0   230 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   4 NE Beaufort          3.5   525 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   5 NE Beaufort          3.5   530 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   3 NNE Beaufort         2.2   530 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 NNE Hilton Head Is   1.0   135 PM  1/03  Public   6 NNW Tybee Island     1.0   705 AM  1/03  CoCoRaHS...Berkeley County...   1 NE College Park      6.8   600 PM  1/03  Public   1 W Sangaree           6.8   630 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   7 SSE Moncks Corner    6.5   432 PM  1/03  Social Media   5 NE College Park      6.3   630 PM  1/03  Social Media   7 NNE College Park     6.0   722 PM  1/03  Public   2 ENE College Park     6.0   523 PM  1/03  Social Media   5 N Sangaree           6.0   650 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   1 SSW Crowfield Plan   5.5   600 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   2 W Daniel Island      5.0   630 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   1 SW Sangaree          5.0   427 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 NW College Park      5.0   400 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   6 NNE Sangaree         5.0   630 AM  1/03  Trained Spotter   1 NNE Pinopolis        4.8   436 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 ENE Old Santee Can   4.5   600 PM  1/03  CoCoRaHS   1 E Wando              4.3   540 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   2 N Summerville        4.0   338 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 NW Sangaree          4.0   317 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 W College Park       3.9   315 PM  1/03  Social Media   Jamestown              3.0   300 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio...Charleston County...   1 SSE Ladson           6.5   600 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   5 ESE Cainhoy          5.8   600 PM  1/03  CAROLINA PARK   1 SW Goose Creek       5.3   444 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 ESE Charleston Air   5.3   745 PM  1/03  NWS Office   1 WNW Hanahan          5.2   600 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   2 W North Charleston   5.0   430 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   3 NE Mount Pleasant    5.0   700 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   1 WSW Ladson           5.0   815 AM  1/05  Broadcast Media   Ladson                 4.8   412 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 NNW Mount Pleasant   4.8   600 PM  1/03  CoCoRaHS   1 SW West Ashley       4.8   545 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   4 ENE Mount Pleasant   4.5   530 PM  1/03  Public   2 SSW James Island     4.5   437 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 WNW Charleston Air   4.5   404 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 NNE Boone Hall Pla   4.4   630 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   1 E Mount Pleasant     4.3  1130 PM  1/03  Public   1 SW Shadowmoss        4.1   630 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   2 ENE Johns Island     4.1   600 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   1 WSW Charleston       4.0   630 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   2 WNW Mount Pleasant   4.0   650 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   2 WNW West Ashley      4.0   540 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   4 WNW Johns Island     3.9   610 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 S Cainhoy            3.5   348 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 SSW Shadowmoss       3.0   310 PM  1/03  Social Media   Ravenel                3.0   155 PM  1/03  Public   5 WSW Shadowmoss       3.0   238 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 WSW James Island     3.0   430 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   2 SSW Goose Creek      3.0   308 PM  1/03  Public   2 NNW North Charlest   3.0   415 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   3 WSW James Island     2.6   250 PM  1/03  Social Media   Awendaw                2.5   330 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   5 NNW Johns Island     2.5   234 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   3 S Goose Creek        2.5   232 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   3 SSE Shadowmoss       2.3   255 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   4 SSW Awendaw          2.0   200 PM  1/03  Fire Dept/Rescue   2 NNW West Ashley      2.0   320 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   4 SW Johns Island      2.0   300 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio...Colleton County...   3 S Cottageville       5.3   630 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   Bennetts Point         5.0   500 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   4 ESE Cottageville     4.5   500 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   Round O                4.0   400 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   5 ESE Islandton        3.5   315 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   1 E Lodge              2.0   313 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   Canadys                1.8   430 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio...Dorchester County...   3 SW Summerville       7.3   556 PM  1/03  Broadcast Media   1 S Summerville        6.8   415 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   2 ESE Jedburg          5.5   620 PM  1/03  County Official   5 SSE Knightsville     5.5   343 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 S Summerville        5.5   635 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   Ridgeville             5.4   540 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   2 SSE Summerville      5.2   519 PM  1/03  Social Media   2 S Ladson             5.0   600 PM  1/03  NWS Employee   3 S Knightsville       5.0   403 PM  1/03  Social Media   4 S Ladson             5.0   442 PM  1/03  Social Media   1 NNW Knightsville     4.0   224 PM  1/03  Social Media   Dorchester             3.3   430 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   3 WSW Ladson           3.1   350 PM  1/03  Public   3 N Givhans            2.8   237 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 SSW Ladson           2.3   235 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 W Charleston Airpo   2.2   300 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   2 ESE Knightsville     1.8   200 PM  1/03  Public...Hampton County...   Yemassee               4.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Estill                 2.0   300 PM  1/03  Snow total.   Hampton                2.0   335 PM  1/03  Snow total amount....Jasper County...   2 E Ridgeland          6.0   500 PM  1/03  Social Media   Ridgeland              4.0   342 PM  1/03  Public   3 SSW Jasper           4.0   500 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Grays                  3.5   350 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   1 NNW Ridgeland        3.5   430 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   2 NE Hardeeville       3.0   405 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Hardeeville            3.0   222 PM  1/03  Amateur Radio   2 W Gillisonville      3.0   345 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Robertville            2.0   330 PM  1/03  Emergency Manager***********************STORM TOTAL ICE***********************LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS                          ICE           OF                     /INCHES/   MEASUREMENTGEORGIA...Chatham County...   2 SW Windsor Forest   0.10  1100 AM  1/03  Trained Spotter   Isle Of Hope          0.08  1058 AM  1/03  Social Media   Tybee Island             T   830 AM  1/03  Emergency Manager   Thunderbolt              T   745 AM  1/03  Emergency Manager...Liberty County...   4 ESE Midway          0.25   325 PM  1/03  Public...McIntosh County...   Crescent              0.25  1200 PM  1/03  Social Media   3 W Carnigan             T   430 AM  1/03  Law EnforcementSOUTH CAROLINA...Beaufort County...   2 WSW Beaufort           T   813 AM  1/03  Social Media...Berkeley County...   2 ENE College Park    0.13  1030 AM  1/03  Trained Spotter...Charleston County...   2 NNW Charleston      0.20  1101 AM  1/03  Social Media   1 SW James Island     0.20  1151 AM  1/03  Social Media   4 ENE Mount Pleasant  0.19   132 PM  1/03  Public   1 E Mount Pleasant    0.18   631 PM  1/03  Trained Spotter   1 ESE Charleston Air  0.13  1155 AM  1/03  NWS Office   2 W Charleston        0.01   935 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   1 NNE Mount Pleasant  0.01   918 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   2 NNE Mount Pleasant  0.01   855 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   3 S West Ashley       0.01   944 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   1 WSW West Ashley     0.01   840 AM  1/03  NWS Employee   3 NE Seabrook Island     T  1058 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   Seabrook Island          T   757 AM  1/03  Social Media   4 SSE Cainhoy            T   836 AM  1/03  Social Media   1 SSE Daniel Island      T   850 AM  1/03  Broadcast Media   1 ENE James Island       T   740 AM  1/03  Broadcast Media   3 NNW West Ashley        T  1033 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement   9 NE Sullivans Islan     T   850 AM  1/03  Social Media   2 SE Charleston Airp     T  1015 AM  1/03  Local Official...Dorchester County...   3 SSW Summerville        T  1045 AM  1/03  Law Enforcement&&

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Additional Information

FIRST ALERT: Tornado watch ends for much of the Lowcountry, watch still in effect for Georgetown, Williamsburg Co.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A majority of tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire.Tornado watches are still in effect for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties until 3 p.m. Friday.Bands of heavy rainfall continue to move onshore from the ocean with some gusty winds and lightning. These will continue overnight with isolated tornadoes also possible.A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m., however it expired at 12:41 a.m.Nicol...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - A majority of tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire.

Tornado watches are still in effect for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties until 3 p.m. Friday.

Bands of heavy rainfall continue to move onshore from the ocean with some gusty winds and lightning. These will continue overnight with isolated tornadoes also possible.

A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m., however it expired at 12:41 a.m.

Nicole has weakened to a tropical depression this evening, but a slight tornado risk continues for our area. Stay weather aware through the night! #chswx pic.twitter.com/Pxq4KCYNcM

— Stephanie (@stephaniesinewx) November 11, 2022

Earlier in the day, a tornado warning for Colleton and Dorchester Counties expired.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 p.m. near Knightsville, moving northwest at 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The warning expired at 5:45 p.m.

A tropical storm warning expired for Charleston, Berkeley and coastal Colleton Counties Thursday afternoon. However, the waters off the coast from Jasper County to the Charleston-Georgetown line are still under a tropical storm warning.

SEVERE WEATHER THREAT// Storm Prediction Center issued a 2 out of 5 threat for severe weather tonight into early tomorrow morning. Main threat will be isolated tornadoes due to rain bands moving onshore around the weakening Nicole. @live5news tracking and will keep you posted. pic.twitter.com/RN68ediwyB

— Bill Walsh (@BILLWALSHTV) November 10, 2022

Click here to download the free Live 5 First Alert Weather app.

Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says gusts to tropical storm force are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form, but does not indicate that any actual tornadoes have been detected.

Tropical Storm Nicole has sent multiple homes collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Florida, but the brunt of the damage was along the East Coast well north of there, in the Daytona Beach area. Its damaging coastal surge was hitting beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protections during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days because of possible impacts from the storm.

Sovine says coastal flooding is likely through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions could occur through Friday and winds may occasionally gust to, or over, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

As of 4 a.m., Nicole was a tropical depression with its center located near latitude 31.9 north and longitude 84.5 west, about 70 miles southwest of Macon, Ga. The storm was moving to the north-northwest at 16 mph and its estimated minimum central pressure is 997 mb or 29.44 inches.

Forecasters say an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast is expected Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia Friday morning and over the western Carolinas later.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Friday, then dissipate Friday night or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. Gusts to tropical storm force(40+mph) are possible today through Friday near the coast. pic.twitter.com/VOkWBvcYTx

— Joey Sovine Live 5 (@JoeySovine) November 9, 2022

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s stormwater department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also be cleaning out ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph, the Miami-based center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It was moving west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami advised people to understand that hazards from Tropical Storm Nicole “will exist across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole came could briefly emerge over the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving over the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left south Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday evening as it slammed into Grand Bahama Island. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For storm-weary Floridians, it is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since recordkeeping began in 1853. The previous ones were the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

Cool Teacher: Knightsville Elementary School’s Mrs. Kristi O’Callahan

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wante...

KNIGHTSVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – “She lights up my world.” “She changed my life.” “She’s fun and creative.” “She helped my son.”

These are just a few words of adoration used when students and parents talk about Knightsville Elementary Special Education Teacher Kristi O’Callahan – the News 2 Cool Teacher of the week.

O’Callahan has a passion for teaching special education. “I feel like this is what I was born to do,” she said. “I never wanted to be anything else.”

The New York native teaches special education kindergarten through fifth-grade math and English at the Dorchester District 2 school. It’s a role she’s had for the past six years.

“A safe place to love, and learn, and just be awesome,” she said, “They’re not less than. They’re awesome. They’re amazing, and I love them! I love my kids.”

Sixteen years dedicated to special education, O’Callahan said she always wanted to be a teacher.

“The special ed part was a close family friend of ours. Growing up, their son had Down’s syndrome. I saw the way people looked at him differently, or the way they acted around him, but my brother, my cousins, his siblings – we didn’t treat him differently. He was just Patty to us.”

She went on to say, “I just knew I wanted him and kids like him to not feel less than. I just want them to feel special and important. I think that’s what we do here every day, myself, my T-A, that’s what we strive for.”

O’Callahan said she uses a fun multi-sensory approach to teaching.

“We do reading and math primarily, we have fun, too. It’s all about a hands-on multi-sensory approach. So there’s kinesthetics, so we’re moving. I think the most important thing is the relationships that we form first. I think the bond, rapport, and communication. I want them to feel safe, and loved, and important, and special.”

“Once they feel those things, I think then we kick in academics and that’s when they really thrive. I just want to make a difference when they come here because being pulled out of your Gen-Ed setting makes you feel a little different and weird, so I just want them to come here and be happy and excited about my classroom,” she added.

Fourth-grade student Ariyah Hallock says Mrs. O’Callahan changed her life. “She lights up my world. I want to come to her classroom every day because how grateful I am. Over the two years, I’ve been with her, she’s been helping me read and everything she’s done for me, and I’m so thankful for her. She is making a difference,” Ariyah said.

The principal at Knightsville Elementary School, Claire Sieber, said O’Callahan’s energy level and expertise to meet children where they are and to help them grow academically make her the right fit for the school.

“She makes those connections with students that help them to engage in the learning, feel proud of their successes, and want to take the next step in their learning to continue to fill in the academic gaps they might have,” she said.

Parent Bridget Sowards’ son, Daniel, is one of Mrs. O’Callahan’s students. She nominated her to receive the Cool School Teacher award. “She’s making a big difference in our school. Mrs. O’Callahan is an amazing support for Daniel. She would send me emails sometimes and say ‘oh I saw this and thought of Daniel, and maybe you can implement this at home as well.’ It just blows my mind how amazing she is with the kids, and how Daniel is so excited to come to school to be with her and how he has improved in the last two years in English Language Arts by leaps and bounds where he was really struggling,” she said. “He’s beginning to catch up to his peers, which is the whole point of her being with her. She’s really amazing.”

O’Callahan said she’s thankful for the special accolades and recognition. “It’s super overwhelming! I just don’t think about things like that. I come here, I love on my kids. I teach my kids and that’s the most important thing. I love it! It’s amazing! It’s such a good feeling!”

If you would like to nominate a Cool School or educator, send an email to Octavia Mitchell at omitchell@wcbd.com.

FIRST ALERT: Tornado watches end for Lowcountry counties

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. f...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC/AP) - Tornado watches around the Lowcountry have been allowed to expire as Tropical Depression Nicole moves farther from South Carolina.

Remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole put the Lowcountry under tornado watches throughout Thursday night going into Friday morning.

Most of the watches ended Friday morning, and a watch for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties ended just before noon. Two tornado warnings were issued in the Tri-County during the storm activity.

A tornado warning was issued at 12:20 a.m. for parts of Charleston County, however, it expired at 12:41 a.m.

Another warning came Thursday afternoon as a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located at 5:17 p.m. near Knightsville The warning expired at 5:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has not verified if any tornados touchdown during either of the warnings. Meanwhile, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division says county emergency managers across the state reported minimal damages. None of the managers requested state assistance.

Click here to download the free Live 5 First Alert Weather app.

Live 5 Meteorologist Joey Sovine says gusts to tropical storm force are possible Wednesday through Friday.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form, but does not indicate that any actual tornadoes have been detected.

Tropical Storm Nicole has sent multiple homes collapsing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nicole made landfall as a hurricane early Thursday near Vero Beach, Florida, but the brunt of the damage was along the East Coast well north of there, in the Daytona Beach area. Its damaging coastal surge was hitting beachfront properties in Daytona Beach Shores that lost their last protections during Hurricane Ian.

The Live 5 Weather team declared Thursday and Friday as First Alert Weather Days because of possible impacts from the storm.

Sovine says coastal flooding is likely through Friday around high tides with beach erosion and high surf also likely.

Sovine said heavy rain could be possible with rainfall totals between one and four inches. Breezy conditions could occur through Friday and winds may occasionally gust to, or over, 40 mph near the coast.

Nicole became the 14th named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season on Monday.

As of 10 a.m., Nicole was a tropical depression with its center located near latitude 34.2 north and longitude 84.3 west, about 35 miles north of Atlanta, Ga. The storm was moving to the north-northeast at 23 mph and its estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb or 29.56 inches.

Forecasters say an acceleration toward the north and north-northeast is expected Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Nicole will move across central and northern Georgia Friday morning and over the western Carolinas later.

Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts. Nicole is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone Friday, then dissipate Friday night or early Saturday as it merges with a frontal system over the eastern United States.

Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for Charleston, Berkeley, Coastal Colleton and Beaufort counties. Gusts to tropical storm force(40+mph) are possible today through Friday near the coast. pic.twitter.com/VOkWBvcYTx

— Joey Sovine Live 5 (@JoeySovine) November 9, 2022

City of Charleston officials say they will be closely monitoring the tropical storm. Crews have already begun preparing for potential storm impacts.

“Residents are asked to keep an eye on reliable local weather reports over the next few days,” Emergency Management Director Ben Almquist said in a news release. “If bad conditions do arise, citizens are advised to follow the guidance of Emergency Management officials and, as always, motorists should avoid driving through high water when they encounter it.”

The city’s stormwater department has prepared temporary pumps for low-lying areas. Crews will also be cleaning out ditches and drains in flood-prone areas.

To find out how you can help, visit the Adopt-A-Drain website by clicking here.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.

Nicole made landfall near Vero Beach as a Category 1 hurricane at about 3 a.m. Thursday, more than a hundred miles south of Daytona Beach Shores, before its maximum sustained winds dropped to 60 mph, the Miami-based center said. The storm was centered about 30 miles southeast of Orlando. It was moving west-northwest near 14 mph.

Robbie Berg, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami advised people to understand that hazards from Tropical Storm Nicole “will exist across the state of Florida today.”

Nicole came could briefly emerge over the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico Thursday afternoon before moving over the Florida Panhandle and Georgia, he said.

The storm left south Florida sunny and calm as it moved north, but could dump as much as 6 inches of rain over the Blue Ridge Mountains by Friday, the hurricane center said.

Nicole became a hurricane Wednesday evening as it slammed into Grand Bahama Island. It was the first to hit the Bahamas since Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm that devastated the archipelago in 2019.

For storm-weary Floridians, it is only the third November hurricane to hit their shores since recordkeeping began in 1853. The previous ones were the 1935 Yankee Hurricane and Hurricane Kate in 1985.

Copyright 2022 WCSC. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

The Lowcountry needs more foster parents for teenagers

Local foster parents say caring for foster children can seem like a daunting undertaking, but it can change lives. And that, they say, makes fostering more than worth it.The South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program has worked alongside the S.C. Department of Social Services for the past 30 years to recruit and support therapeutic foster families throughout the state. The Youth Advocacy Program, which has a Lowcountry office in North Charleston, needs about 150 families in the Charleston area to open their homes, officials say. In particu...

Local foster parents say caring for foster children can seem like a daunting undertaking, but it can change lives. And that, they say, makes fostering more than worth it.

The South Carolina Youth Advocacy Program has worked alongside the S.C. Department of Social Services for the past 30 years to recruit and support therapeutic foster families throughout the state. The Youth Advocacy Program, which has a Lowcountry office in North Charleston, needs about 150 families in the Charleston area to open their homes, officials say. In particular, there is a shortage of families for teenagers who need foster care.

“I think there’s just sort of a natural reluctance around taking on teenagers because they can be a lot more to handle,” said John Connery of Columbia, special projects director for S.C. Youth Advocacy Program. “There are not many families that are willing to take teenagers — so they’re really golden when we do find them.”

He said there is a continuing challenge to find families to keep up with demand. To help build strong relationships when recruiting and training, the program walks prospective foster parents through certification step-by-step and provides on-call support service.

“Every state child welfare system does not have enough families,” Connery said.Connery has been with the S.C. Youth Advocacy Program for about 12 years after retiring from a 33-year career with the state Department of Mental Health. He also helped found the Berkeley Community Mental Health Center in 1980.“To me, the most rewarding thing is to hear those stories that occur with the kids and the difference that foster families can make in these children’s lives when they’re in a very vulnerable situation,” Connery said.

Rose Bankston of North Charleston has been a foster parent for 27 years. While she worked in newspaper delivery and collection

when she first became a single foster mom, these days she’s a married homemaker. She adopted two of her first foster children.

“It is the most rewarding thing you will ever do with your life,” Bankston told the City Paper. “Not only have I helped the children, they have helped me become a better person and [grow] in understanding and gratitude for what I have.”

She’s cared for teenage girls in the foster care system for almost 10 years. And while there were times when it was tough to deal with the emotions that they were feeling, she realized that with gentle communication and strong boundaries, she could earn their respect and help them feel secure.

Bankston recalled taking care of one high school aged girl who had been told she would never amount to anything and never graduate from high school.

“She ended up graduating high school and it was the most emotional moment for me standing there with her real mom when she walked down that aisle,” Bankston said. “It was just awesome.”

She emphasized that fostering was challenging. “But just give it a try, because it will keep you grounded. One thing you say to a child may change their whole life, because they’re going to remember that somebody loved them and took time for them — and that’s all that these children want.”

Amanda and Jason Dolinski of West Ashley, both 43, became licensed foster parents through the Youth Advocacy Program two years ago. They have six children of their own and currently foster two children, including a teenager. They’ve had some teenagers come into their homes for a few months at a time. Currently, they’ve been caring for their foster daughter for 18 months.

“It’s always surprising to me how mature a 14-year-old kid can be that’s coming into foster care, and [from] the life experiences that they’ve been through, there’s a real beautiful friendship that can happen,” Jason said.

Amanda said she really appreciates how the Youth Advocacy Program’s staff is communicative and attentive during the certification process and beyond.

“There’s no timeframe as far as when you have to be licensed,” she said, “but I would suggest if you have any desire at all that you get the packet, start the process and even just look through what you have to have done to get licensed. You learn a lot through it all.”

For Amanda, some of the most impactful experiences she’s had is sharing family time with the foster kids she’s made a home for.

“Sharing a tradition of carving a pumpkin or decorating a Christmas tree or going apple picking or going camping — these kids probably have never experienced that in their life.”

The Dolinskis said they hoped potential foster parents understood that fostering a child is not a stepping-stone to adoption — although it can be. Fostering a child can be a temporary situation and help struggling parents get back on their feet to eventually care for their own children again.

“It doesn’t have to be that you’re going to take a kid in forever,” Amanda said. “It might be that you’re just giving a family an opportunity to have a restart or reset.”

Jonathan Dugan, who is interning to become an assistant principal of Knightsville Elementary School in Summerville, has been a single foster parent for about four years and currently fosters three boys in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

“These kids are wonderful,” Dugan told the City Paper. “They just need an opportunity to be allowed to be who they are, to make a few mistakes and to know that they’re genuinely loved. My children will tell you that I am the most predictable person in the world. Everything’s the same routine.

“Whenever you do something, my response is usually the same. They know what to expect. And that gives them some stability.”

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