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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Isle of Palms, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Isle of Palms, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Isle of Palms?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Isle of Palms, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Isle of Palms, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Isle of Palms, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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IOP residents oppose possible development of Wild Dunes greenspaces

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Residents on the Isle of Palms spoke concerned about a possible threat to the island’s golf courses, green spaces, and recreation spaces.Some of the green spaces in the Wild Dunes Resort could be bulldozed if action isn’t taken to prevent development. Neighbors say they’re concerned Wild Dunes Resort owners are looking to build hotels and homes over the spaces.The overwhelming message from residents during a special called city council meeting Monday was working to protect th...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCBD) – Residents on the Isle of Palms spoke concerned about a possible threat to the island’s golf courses, green spaces, and recreation spaces.

Some of the green spaces in the Wild Dunes Resort could be bulldozed if action isn’t taken to prevent development. Neighbors say they’re concerned Wild Dunes Resort owners are looking to build hotels and homes over the spaces.

The overwhelming message from residents during a special called city council meeting Monday was working to protect the green spaces. City council approved the first reading for five ordinances they say will do just that. Some council members warn it could be a lengthy process.

“Who wins when we give away accommodations tax money,” says Randy Bell, a former Isle of Palms City Councilman and concerned resident. “The entities that don’t benefit the community, that is not a benefit to this community.”

Dozens of residents voiced concerns about potential plans to build over Wild Dunes golf courses and recreational spaces saying the development could bring severe consequences.

“Not only to preserve the greenspaces and open spaces that are critical for stormwater management but also to limit the density in Wild Dunes to mitigate the impact on the city’s resources,” says Bev Miller, a concerned resident.

Plans for development within the resort could bring hundreds of homes, hotels, or condos in place of the current green spaces. Residents at the meeting say it would also bring traffic, noise, and parking issues with it.

“And it’s for the purpose of allowing this audience and this community a voice in the affairs of the community,” says Bell.

Council took up five ordinances meant to protect green space and prevent the building. All five ordinances passed with 8 to 1 votes.

“We need to make sure we protect all the interests, protect as much greenspace as we can,” says Councilman Rusty Streetman. “Conservation and all of that is top of mind.”

Councilman Kevin Popson was the only no vote on the ordinances. The ordinances will likely move to second reading in the coming weeks. Council warns the process could be a lengthy one with potential negotiations with Wild Dunes or legal action looming.

“I fully support what we are doing,” says Councilman Blair Hahn. “But this is the beginning of what could be a six-month process.”

During the special called meeting, residents say it’s important to keep fighting to protect the land and recreational spaces.

“We can not back down from these people,” says Tony Santiago, a concerned resident. “They will just keep coming and coming and coming.”

Isle of Palms City Council will hold a public hearing on the topic and five ordinances Tuesday, October 18th at City Hall to allow people to give feedback before they get a second reading. The hearing will start at 5 pm.

Isle of Palms prepares for late season storm

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — As Hurricane Nicole makes its way to the Lowcountry, officials along the coast are concerned about possible beach erosion.In September, Hurricane Ian left its mark on the Isle of Palms.“Lot of debris, for sure. Beach erosion was not so bad with Ian, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for Nicole coming up. But a lot of debris, trees down, flooding in our hotspots," says Philip Pounds, the mayor...

ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (WCIV) — As Hurricane Nicole makes its way to the Lowcountry, officials along the coast are concerned about possible beach erosion.

In September, Hurricane Ian left its mark on the Isle of Palms.

“Lot of debris, for sure. Beach erosion was not so bad with Ian, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for Nicole coming up. But a lot of debris, trees down, flooding in our hotspots," says Philip Pounds, the mayor of Isle of Palms.

In preparation for Nicole, IOP's Public Safety team surveyed the beaches.

“Our public safety folks did some drone footage earlier this week just to kind of have a base line for a pre-storm view, and then they’ll do a post probably Saturday when the storm clears out just to see if we have any erosion," continued Mayor Pounds.

The direction of the storm is also causing some concern.

“Didn’t have any issues with Ian. This one, again, since we’re on the other side of the storm, there’s certainly heightened concerns. But hopefully by the time it gets here, we’re talking 30 to 40 mile per hour winds mostly and storm surge of a couple of feet. Hopefully that won’t do too much, but we’ll probably have some issues," said Mayor Pounds.

Nicole is expected to bring heavy winds, rain, and possible isolated tornadoes, which is why Mayor Pounds is assuring the public he's preparing for the worst.

"We’ve pulled off all the trash cans that sit out on the beach for beachgoers. We’ll have some public safety personnel this week," Mayor Pounds says.

His main message is to be cautious.

“As we saw with Ian, the past changes pretty regularly and a few miles makes a big difference. This one seems pretty certain as far as the cone as where it’s going so, but certainly for residents just stay plugged in wherever you get your news from," said Mayor Pounds.

We also checked in with Sullivan's Island town officials. They say they will continue to keep an eye on the beaches, but no emergency evacuation order has been issued.

South Carolina Department Of Transportation Stops, Restarts Work On Isle Of Palms Connector Restriping Options

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye NewsThe South Carolina Department of Transportation stopped working on a study that will provide options to restripe the Isle of Palms Connector in late October, apparently in response to a lawsuit filed by an organization founded by a former IOP mayor and a current Council member.According to IOP City Administrator Desiree Fragoso, she was informed by the SCDOT the evening of Oct. 31 “that they may be pausing the study.” Four days later, on Nov. 4, Fragoso got the word that SCDOT...

By Brian Sherman for The Island Eye News

The South Carolina Department of Transportation stopped working on a study that will provide options to restripe the Isle of Palms Connector in late October, apparently in response to a lawsuit filed by an organization founded by a former IOP mayor and a current Council member.

According to IOP City Administrator Desiree Fragoso, she was informed by the SCDOT the evening of Oct. 31 “that they may be pausing the study.” Four days later, on Nov. 4, Fragoso got the word that SCDOT was moving forward with plans to present its findings to the IOP Council, either on Nov. 15 or Dec. 6, Fragoso said.

“We paused our work in order to let the attorneys review the situation,” Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall said in a Nov. 7 email. “Following their review, we resumed work a few days later. The pause had no significant impact. We are still on track to meet with IOP city officials prior to the end of the calendar year.” Mayor Phillip Pounds said the city did not negotiate with the state agency during the week the study was paused but instead “leveraged our relationships SCDOT and State Sen. (Chip) Campsen to get this thing back on track.” Pounds said SCDOT probably would present eight to 10 options for the Connector bridge at the city Council’s Dec. 6 meeting. The next step is “still to be determined.” Pounds noted that the Council, the Public Safety Committee – headed by Jan Anderson – and the general public might all play a role in paring the options down to a workable number. Without any input from the city of Isle of Palms, SCDOT re-striped the bridge in March 2021, adding two bike lanes and two pedestrian lanes and shrinking the center emergency lane from 10 feet to 4 feet. A year later, former Mayor Jimmy Carroll and sitting Council Member Blair Hahn formed The Palm Republic, a privately funded organization that has questioned the constitutionality of S.40, a law passed in 2021 which grants SCDOT the authority to determine where visitors to IOP, Sullivan’s Island, Edisto and Folly Beach can park on state roads and how much, if anything, these municipalities can charge them. The Palm Republic recently filed a petition and complaint with the South Carolina Supreme Court in an effort to force SCDOT to treat these four communities as it treats the state’s other municipalities. The lawsuit also claims that SCDOT violated the Constitution by restriping the bridge without input from the city. Hahn was not happy with what appeared to be SCDOT’s reaction to The Palm Republic’s lawsuit. “Every citizen has a right to challenge the constitutionality of any statute,” Hahn said. “If a government entity threatens to withhold government services because a citizen is challenging the constitutionality of a statute, that government entity should be held accountable because that’s illegal.” “SCDOT didn’t do a single engineering study or engineering report when they re-striped the bridge. They did nothing except follow the direction of those on high,” Hahn added. Fragoso, meanwhile, said the city would work with SCDOT to find ways to make the configuration of the Connector bridge more palatable to the Council and the community.

“We continue to work collaboratively with DOT in solving issues in our community that need addressing, and we’re eager to see the final report on the IOP Connector, evaluate the options presented and discuss the best path for that project,” Fragoso said.

Hendel: Wedding bells in Pittsburgh for Blade publisher, editor-in-chief

STARTING the holidays off together are newlyweds John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Mary Fackler Schiavo, an attorney and the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation.The pair tied the wedding knot at the stately Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh on Nov. 19. The Duquesne Club, founded in 1873, has counted in its membership such high-profile figures as Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, H.J. Heinz, and George Westinghouse...

STARTING the holidays off together are newlyweds John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Mary Fackler Schiavo, an attorney and the former inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The pair tied the wedding knot at the stately Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh on Nov. 19. The Duquesne Club, founded in 1873, has counted in its membership such high-profile figures as Andrew Carnegie, Andrew Mellon, H.J. Heinz, and George Westinghouse.

The bride and groom grew up in northwest Ohio only 62 miles apart, Mr. Block in Toledo and the new Mrs. Block in Pioneer, Ohio, on a farm that she still owns and that has been in her family since its first settlement in the 1840s. Their paths never crossed until December, 1990, when Mr. Block interviewed Mrs. Block on The Editors, a current affairs program that aired on WNWO-TV, Channel 24, in Toledo.

Mr. Block, a Yale graduate, and Mrs. Block, a Harvard graduate, reconnected in 2017, and the rest is history.

Their late parents are Paul Block Jr., and Marjorie McNab Block and stepmother Mary Block, and Harland and Nina Essex Fackler.

The festivities started with a cocktail reception, while musicians played softly in the background. Passed hors d'oeuvres included the club's signature crab canapes.

The bride, resplendent in a beautiful white gown adorned with the McNab family’s Scottish tartan, strolled down the aisle escorted by her children, Larissa Fackler Schiavo and Alex Fackler Schiavo. Her groom was “given away” by Cynthia McNab, his first cousin and a former Toledoan. He waited for his bride in black tails adorned with his late mother's family crest and crest of The Blade.

The bridal party included Mr. Block's brother Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications Inc., and his wife Susan. There were also Alex Petok, stepbrother of the groom; John Kulesza, a college friend of the groom, and Amy Brauchle, a friend of the bride.

Cyrus Block, the brother of the groom who could not be there in person, was an honorary groomsman.

The exchange of vows was heartwarming. Then the pair exchanged gimmel rings, consisting of two interlocking hoops that fit together to form a single ring. Gimmel rings are an English and German tradition dating back to at least 1350; Mr. Block’s grandmother and great-grandmother also wed with gimmel rings.

Live music again played softly during the elegant dinner reception with white-glove service. The menu featured butternut squash soup, tournedo of beef tenderloin, and filet of Virginia spot, English style for which the club is known. It was all paired with wines and champagnes to toast the newlyweds.

Dessert was, of course, wedding cake: vanilla cake with vanilla bean chantilly, fresh berries, and vanilla bean creme anglaise. Guests also enjoyed the club's famous macaroons.

The night still young, many guests enjoyed nightcaps, while others ventured into the brisk weather to enjoy the 61st annual Light Up the Night, Pittsburgh's official kickoff of the holiday season that included extraordinary fireworks.

Family and friends came from all over the country to witness the wedding. Those from or with ties to the northwest Ohio area included Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, a long-time friend of Mr. Block’s and a Blade columnist, who read a touching ancient poem during the ceremony; Ohio Rep. Bob Latta and wife Marcia Latta, and former Toledo mayor Carty Finkbeiner and wife Amy; Dave and Judy Murray; Richard and Shelley Walinski; Richard and Cindy Nensel; Merrill and Nancy Frame; Tasha Hussain Black; Rex and Rhonda Damschroder, and Keith and Amy Burris.

Other locals attending were Kurt Franck, president and executive editor of The Blade, and his wife Lynn; Jodi Miehls, president and chief operating officer for Block Communications Inc.; John Straub, a former Toledo attorney and BCI board member, and former Toledoan Michael Sallah, deputy managing editor of investigations at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The newlyweds will call Mr. Block's Pittsburgh home, Mrs. Block's Isle of Palms, S.C. home, and northwest Ohio, their homes.

Impacts From Nicole In South Carolina Later This Week

By Frank Strait for Island Eye NewsAs feared back on Friday, we have a new named Atlantic storm that threatens South Carolina later this week. Allow me to introduce you to Subtropical Storm Nicole.centered on Subtropical Storm Nicole.Source: University of Wisconsin RealEarthSome of you may be wondering what is a subtropical storm. In simple terms, it is a hybrid storm that has characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical storm. An extratropical storm is an ordinary low-pressure area that we see ...

By Frank Strait for Island Eye News

As feared back on Friday, we have a new named Atlantic storm that threatens South Carolina later this week. Allow me to introduce you to Subtropical Storm Nicole.

centered on Subtropical Storm Nicole.Source: University of Wisconsin RealEarth

Some of you may be wondering what is a subtropical storm. In simple terms, it is a hybrid storm that has characteristics of both a tropical storm and an extratropical storm. An extratropical storm is an ordinary low-pressure area that we see typically move from west to east across North America with attached warm and cold fronts. Nicole formed out of a strong tropical wave joining forces with an upper-level low that was spinning east of The Bahamas.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecast indicates a wandering track in the general direction of Florida, then a northward turn toward us.

The NHC forecast track for Nicole, uncertainty cone,and current watches and warnings as of 11 a.m. Monday.

Remember that the track forecast indicates where NHC predicts where storm’s center will go and that the uncertainty cone refers to the range of possible center tracks, and not where actual impacts will occur. Significant effects from Nicole will occur outside of the cone. A full description of the cone is on NHC’s website.

The forecast track will take Nicole over water that is still around 82°F.

The 11 a.m. Monday NHC forecast track superimposed overa plot of sea surface temperatures.Source: NOAA PhOD Observations Viewer.

The forecast calls for Nicole to become a tropical storm by tomorrow evening, then a Category 1 hurricane by Wednesday morning. Interaction with land as it passes over Florida and perhaps Georgia will weaken Nicole as it turns northward, but it is still forecast to be a tropical storm with 50 mph winds when it passes over or near South Carolina on Friday night and early Saturday.

The current forecast track keeps the impacts from the storm mainly over the Coastal Plain, with limited rain and wind risks into the Midlands and Central Savannah River Area. Unless Nicole goes farther west than currently forecast, the parched Upstate will welcome the inch or so of rainfall Nicole will bring.

However, significant impacts will be felt in South Carolina well ahead of Nicole’s passage. Like we saw with Hurricane Ian, a strong high pressure area will be moving into the northeastern part of the country as Nicole approaches Florida. The resulting steep pressure gradient (the change in pressure over a distance) between these two weather features will cause gusty winds as air flows rapidly from high pressure toward low pressure.

These gusty winds will be out of the northeast on Wednesday, then becoming more easterly on Thursday, pushing water ashore along our coastal areas. If this wasn’t enough of a problem, we also have a full moon tomorrow (I incorrectly said a new moon in Friday’s alert … sorry for having my head in the clouds), and high astronomical tides from that will last all week. The onshore flow and high astronomical tides will cause another round of tidal flooding. This becomes a problem with tomorrow’s high tides and flooding will occur with each high tide the rest of this week. There is potential for major coastal flooding on Thursday morning along the Lowcountry coast.

Major tidal flooding is in the forecast for Thursday.

Coastal flooding will also be a concern along the Grand Strand, but the Lowcountry coast tends to be more vulnerable. Another round of coastal flooding appears likely Friday and Friday night as Nicole passes along our coastline and generates a storm surge. If this happens at high tide, major flooding will occur again.

With the current forecast track, the heaviest rain will occur over our Coastal Plain. The storm should be moving fast enough to prevent extreme rainfall totals, but there is potential for 3-6 inches in the Lowcountry and Pee Dee regions. That’s still a lot, so there will be a flash flooding risk. Of course, heavy rainfall at high tide will exacerbate coastal flooding, especially if there’s a storm surge ongoing. However, aside from the soaking that we saw from Ian, it’s been dry across the state for months, and river flooding will not be a big concern.

If Nicole passes along our coast as forecast, the risk for isolated tornadoes will remain confined to our coastal areas. Should Nicole track farther west while passing through South Carolina, the tornado risk will be higher and affect more of the state. A track more to the east will mean little or no tornado risk in the state but might result in more wind and surge along our coast.

It’s still early in the game with Nicole and some adjustments to the forecast are likely to happen. Still, it’s time to batten those hatches again if you live along our coast. Visit hurricane.sc for storm preparation tips. Meetings may keep me from issuing an alert tomorrow, but you can expect regular updates on Nicole Wednesday until the storm passes.

There is another possible developing storm well to the east of Bermuda today. However, it won’t pass anywhere near South Carolina and isn’t a concern for us. It will wander around east of Bermuda for the next day or so, then move away to the northeast.

developing about 700 miles east of Bermuda.Source: University of Wisconsin RealEarth.

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