‘Southern Charm’ Cast Could Be in the Dark Thanks to Hurricane Dorian

Despite wrapping a hurricane of a season, many cast members from Southern Charm could be feeling the wrath of a weather-related storm.

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on Charleston, South Carolina, the historic town experiences power outages and flooding. The storm approached Lowcountry as an impressive Category 2 hurricane bringing punishing wind, rain and tornadic activity.

Chelsea Meissner, Thomas Ravenel, Craig Conover, Shepard Rose, Cameran Eubanks, Kathryn Dennis, Austen Kroll
Chelsea Meissner, Thomas Ravenel, Craig Conover, Shepard Rose, Cameran Eubanks, Kathryn Dennis, Austen Kroll | Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Before the storm hit, Patricia Altschul shared video and images of how she was preparing. This included special care for her historic home. As the quaint city takes a beating, more than 200,000 homes and business in South Carolina have lost power as the storm inches up the coast.

Preparing for the storm

Days before the storm was slated to arrive in Charleston, Altschul hit Costco to stock up on supplies. “Stocking up on hurricane supplies at @costco #champagne #batteries #pet#toys,” she wrote. She casually strolls the aisles and doesn’t seem panicked or overly concerned.

“So I’m here at Costco,” Altschul says in her video. “It’s crazy today. And I’m getting hurricane supplies. Champagne, batteries and pet toys.” But, there’s a pretty good chance her home was already stocked with supplies like water, a first aid kit, and non-perishable food. She may also have a generator to keep the manor running during a power outage.

She also shared the special care required to safeguard her historic home too. A young man teeters on a ladder with zip ties in his hand as he locks down storm shutters over her windows. “Here we go again! Hurricane preparedness for an historic home in #charleston requires protecting the windows that still have the original glass. Thanks to my contractor Richard Moby Marks and his team. #prayers for all those in the path of this monstrous #hurricane #dorian.”

She may be in the dark now too

A day before the storm hit, Altschul shared a video of her son Whitney Sudler-Smith jamming on his guitar. “Rock you like a Hurricane “ played by @wsudlersmith. I repost this every time there’s a hurricane in #charleston. Prayers to those in the path of this horrific storm and to the Bahamas and Abacos.” 

Sudler-Smith played an electric guitar, which may be silenced for now. The Post and Courier report more than 200,000 power outages and restoration crews are on standby. Even though the hurricane’s eyewall won’t pass over the city, it will get so close, the city could experience significant damage, CNN reports.

Streets are flooded and up to 15 inches of rain could fall in Charleston. “Water’s starting to rise and it’s actually coming up to some houses in the area,” storm chaser Aaron Jayjack told CNN. Reports of tornados continue as funnel clouds have been cited along the Carolina coastlines.

The cast rallies for the Bahamas

Although the city is taking a beating, cast members seem more concerned about the Bahamas. Both Craig Conover and Shep Rose are donating merchandise proceeds to relief efforts. “All proceeds from our Spiny Lobster pillow will be donated to relief and rescue operations in the Abacos this week,” Conover shared to Instagram.

Rose posted a video, looking visibly shaken. “I’ve been lucky enough to have spent some time in the Bahamas over the years and absolutely loved everything about my time there,” Rose shared. “Then @caconover lived in Marsh Harbour for a while and i got to meet some very wonderful and hospitable people in the Abacos. The last couple days have been hard to watch and follow, we’re trying to devise the best plan to raise relief funds. So here’s the first attempt. Please scroll to see the 2 different styles of hats that we are making. 💯 going to the efforts to rebuild and support fire and rescue in the Bahamas.”