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Flash Flood Warnings Continue Statewide
Significant rainfall has continued across South Carolina throughout the night and forecasters expect severe weather conditions for the next several days. The South Carolina Emergency Operations Center is fully activated at Operating Condition 3 by state agencies of the State Emergency Response Team for the duration of the incident.
As of 9:20 a.m. Saturday, October 3, 2015:
§ There are currently 34 warnings and advisories in effect for South Carolina, including flash flood warnings for seven counties and flood warnings for 14 counties issued by the National Weather Service.
§ Horry County reports at least 100 homes have been affected by flooding. Two people stayed in an American Red Cross shelter overnight. In Georgetown County, at least 15 people have been evacuated due to flooding.
§ The South Carolina National Guard, the S.C. Dept. of Corrections and the state Department of Transportation are working to fill and deliver sandbags for SCDOT districts only at this time.
§ County emergency managers report multiple road closures and trees down throughout the state, particularly in coastal areas. Visit www.scdot.org for real-time road conditions.
§ The S.C. Office of Regulatory Staff reports a total 8,800 power outages statewide.
When Flooding Occurs in Your Area
§ Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move. Monitor local media and trusted websites for updated conditions, advisories and instructions.
§ If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, purchase sandbags at hardware and home improvement stores, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
§ Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
§ Do not drive into flooded areas. Do not drive around barricades posted at or near flooded streets. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away. One foot of water can cause your car to float off the roadway.
§ Be aware of electricity issues. Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out! Stay out of water that may have electricity in it!