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Hurricane Matthew: Returning Home

October 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew

Residents affected by Hurricane Matthew should continue monitoring local news sources and verified, official social media feeds for the most up-to-date information about communities and what to do when returning home. At the request of local officials, Governor Nikki Haley...

Hurricane Matthew: Ways to Volunteer and Donate

October 10, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Donations Here Sign at Red Cross Shelter

Please see the information below to volunteer or donate in support of Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. For additional information, please call 1-888-585-9643. Volunteer Services South Carolina greatly appreciates all offers to help with clean-up and recovery efforts in...

"This was Team South Carolina at our best," Haley, Sunday Morning

October 9, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Car driving through flooded water

The forecast of good weather this coming week is giving authorities a sigh of relief as they continue with clean-up from Hurricane Matthew. One of the big concerns now is the water levels on a couple of South Carolina rivers. "The Waccamaw River is at 14 feet now. We do...

"Remember we are blessed": Governor Haley, Saturday Evening

October 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
tree down near the VA hospital on Garners Ferry

"Today was a day of trying to identify exactly where we stand," Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference from South Carolina's Emergency Management Division, Saturday evening at 6 p.m. The representative from the National Weather Service said that Hurricane Matthew...

Evacuees Can't Escape Hurricane Matthew

October 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
tree limbs on cars in Rosewood, Columbia

Even evacuees of Hurricane Matthew can not escape the relentless storm here in the Midlands. Hilton Head resident, Sherri Shumaker, left the island only to wake up to find a tree limb hanging on a power line just above her car in downtown Columbia. Should the line break her...

“Now it’s about trying to save lives”: Governor Haley, Saturday Morning

October 8, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Haley at Press Conference

“Don’t plan to go home today or tomorrow,” said Governor Haley urging all South Carolinians to say off the roads even as frustration may be setting in. The impact of the coastal areas overnight have been extreme rain and wind levels. Storm surge from the hurricane has been...

Myrtle Beach Storm Bird Used to Weathering Hurricanes

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Caroline Carmichael at her porch window in Myrtle Beach

Palmetto Scene spoke with Myrtle Beach native Caroline "Johnnie" Carmichael, 88, about her unique hurricane traditions in her bungalow on 34th Ave, Kings Highway. TRANSCRIPT Caroline Carmichael “AKA Johnnie” is eighty-eight years old. Her home on Kings Highway in Myrtle...

“Really the best thing now is to just hunker down”: Governor Haley, Friday Evening

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
Red Cross in Columbia SC

According to the representative from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a category two storm. Wind speeds are about 110 miles per hour, which is good news for the South Carolina coast. However, the storm has started to turn north and pass just...

Small Town Farm Taking Horse and Cattle Evacuations

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Farm Evacuation for Horses

For Shelly Pound, it all started with a love of horses and a Facebook post. For the past few days she and her family have been helping folks from the Lowcountry bring their horses to her St. Matthews farm to protect them from Hurricane Matthew. Her motto, just to look out...

Charleston Evacuee Talks Staying in a Shelter

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Charleston Evacuee at the Red Cross

Adalberto Ruiz, a Charleston evacuee, is calling another place home tonight. He and his family are staying the night at a Red Cross Shelter in Columbia. The one thing he couldn't leave home without -- his birds -- who are doing well in the back of his van.

Donations Coming in at Columbia Red Cross Shelter

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Red Cross

The Red Cross has set up at Dent Middle School. The Red Cross is using social media to inform locals of needs for the people displaced from Hurricane Matthew.

SCE&G: ‘We Are Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Matthew’

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Crew Prep

“I want to assure you, we are prepared.” That's what Keller Kissam, SCE&G president of retail operations, said about efforts by the company to prepare for Hurricane Matthew. The company has taken added measures to prepare in advance of the storm, securing an additional...

“There is nothing safe about what is getting ready to happen”: Governor Haley, Friday Morning

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
image of SC and US flags at EMD

“It is storm day.” Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division office in West Columbia on Friday morning. Haley has spoken with Florida’s Governor Scott, among many other governors in surrounding states, who have offered...

Obama Signs SC Emergency Declaration

October 7, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
White House

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help with any conditions because of Hurricane Matthew. Obama spoke with Governor Nikki Haley yesterday and offered her any assistance the state needed. This action gives the Department...

Storm Surges Could Surpass Hugo Levels: Governor Haley, Thursday Evening

October 6, 2016 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Kaitlyn Park
image of storm clouds over coast

“This is really a serious storm.” Governor Nikki Haley again spoke with reporters at an afternoon press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division with updated information about Hurricane Matthew. “When we’re looking at storm surges that surpass Hugo, you...

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