Rob Heath of Edisto Island had a lot to do on Sept. 29 as he prepared for Hurricane Ian with direct knowledge of the unfortunate timing of its arrival to the South Carolina coast.
“We’re hearing that it may get here around midday tomorrow (Sept. 30),” he told Baptist Press as another weather alert went off on his phone. “That’s going to coordinate with high tide, which unfortunately, is a little bit higher now because of the moon phase.”
Heath, pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, is like many who live on Edisto Island. He’s not technically from there, but lived for 40 years with his wife, Vicki, in nearby Charleston, serving as a pastor for about 25 years.
Edisto Island is one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands, with a maximum elevation of eight feet. It is accessible by only one bridge, located on its north side.