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Winter storm shuts Mount Pleasant down

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Mt. Pleasant police block off the Ravenel Bridge Tuesday night. Mt. Pleasant police block off the Ravenel Bridge Tuesday night.
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The winter weather left Mount Pleasant looking like a ghost town Tuesday night as icy conditions closed several main arteries in and out of the town.

The Ravenel, Don Holt and Ben Sawyer bridges were all closed down as crews said they were too treacherous to drive. Signs asking drivers to be careful as they drove illuminated most of Interstates 26 and 526.

Crews from the town of Mount Pleasant were on stand-by with trucks filled with sand. They said that are on watch throughout Tuesday night making sure that most roadways stay passable.

Coleman Boulevard was empty as most of the restaurants up and down the road were closed. Even popular nightspot, "The Shelter," proved to be anything but as it was completely shutdown.

There were a few straggling shoppers at various grocery stores, but it was a far cry from the jam-packed stores on Monday and early Tuesday.

"It was busy, really busy," Darlene Joye said.

According to Joye, shoppers filled the store during the early part of the week, getting the essentials: water, fire logs and bread. While some of those items did sell out, Joye said the grocery store chain was able to re-stock most of what was sold during the week.

But even the mad rush seemed to die down Tuesday night, as freezing rain pelted the Lowcountry.

"This afternoon it got real quiet," Joye said. "I think everybody came in and got what they needed and when home and snuggled down for the rest of the day."

As a tropical city deals with a winter storm, Joye said there was a lot of buzz about how this storm compares to what the Lowcountry has to do deal with during Hurricane season.

"One lady said you would think it's a Category Five hurricane with so many people in here," she said.

Areas in Mount Pleasant did experience power outages Tuesday but most of that power has been restored.

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