South Carolina Governor Declares State of Emergency Preparing for Idalia
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has declared a State of Emergency as the state prepares for the potential effects of Hurricane Idalia on Wednesday.
McMaster has asked state agencies to be prepared to respond to any requests for state assistance from local officials and county emergency management leaders.
“Now is the time for South Carolinians to begin making proper preparations, and everyone should begin actively monitoring official sources for the most up-to-date information-especially those along our coast and in low-lying areas.,” said McMaster.
Hurricane Idalia, now a Category 2 Hurricane, is expected to cross Florida and potentially bring tropical storm conditions to South Carolina. High winds, heavy rain, flash flooding, flooding due to storm surge, and isolated tornadoes can be expected starting Wednesday afternoon and lasting into Thursday morning or afternoon.
McMaster said residents should take the time to make sure emergency plans are in place including:
- Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do in an emergency
- Storm surge flooding can be compounded by heavy rainfall. If you’re in a low-lying area or area normally prone to flooding, make sure your emergency plan includes flood precautions
- Know where to go if conditions become too unsafe to remain in your home
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
- Have an emergency kit with items such as bottled water, non-perishable food, flashlights with extra batteries, and chargers for your mobile devices.
- Bring pets inside and include items for your pets in your emergency kit
- If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in a house or small building. If there is no basement, go to an interior room on the lowest level. Get under a sturdy table and cover your head. Stay there until the danger has passed.
McMaster said he doesn’t anticipate issuing any evacuation orders or closing state offices. Any school closures will be at the school district’s discretion.
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