Kaitlyn Park

Is a Palmetto Bug Really Just a Cockroach?

By Kaitlyn Park

large cockroachesIf you are from the South or ever visited, chances are you have come into contact with the unofficial state mascot, the "Palmetto Bug". SCETV and SC Public Radio fan Margaret Bates asked: "Is Palmetto bug just the more polite name for cockroaches, or different? They look like roaches to me." They look like cockroaches, but are often very large and sometimes fly, so are they the same? SCETV's The Scoop spoke with Sean Foley, a Herpetologist from Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens to find out. The truth is they are just cockroaches. The American Cockroach and Smokey Brown Cockroach are very common in...

S.C. Remains in a State of Emergency for Affects from Hurricane Florence, Potential Impact from Hurricane Michael

By Kaitlyn Park

Current Path of Hurricane MichaelGovernor Henry McMaster today announced that the state of South Carolina remains in a state of emergency due to continued flooding from Hurricane Florence and potential impact from Hurricane Michael. Forecasters believe Hurricane Michael will weaken to a tropical storm after making landfall and should begin affecting the state Thursday. A copy of the executive order extending the state of emergency can be found on the governor’s website . "We know that Hurricane Michael is going to mean high winds in parts of the state and will bring the possibility of dangerous flash flooding along with it...

Flooding Update: Governor McMaster on Florence's Aftermath

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at EMDGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Governor McMaster began by saying that while the actual hurricane, Hurricane Florence, was not as bad as predicted, the flooding that occured in Florence's aftermath was as bad as predicted. Areas in Georgetown, Socastee, Conway and other coastal areas are still experiencing "enormous flooding" the governor said. Florence was such a different storm because it exited so slowly. Unlike other notable South...

Governor McMaster Update: Flood Waters Still Coming for the Northern Coast

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at SCEMDGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2018. The governor, along with the National Guard, performed an air flyover of affected areas yesterday. "From the air when you look down, you can't often can't tell where the river begins and where it ends because there is water everywhere." said McMaster. The flooding has not yet reached Marlboro, Marion, Dillon and Horry counties, but the governor advised that it is coming toward the coast. "We're still preparing...

Tropical Depression Florence: "The Second Phase of Our Work Has Already Begun" Says Governor McMaster

By Kaitlyn Park

Governor at SCEMDGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018. According to the National Weather Service, as of 11 a.m., Florence is a tropical depression and is moving west-northwest at ten miles-per-hour. It is expected to move across the upstate of South Carolina today, and out of the state some time tonight. There have been bands of persistent, heavy rainfall across the northern part of the state that began yesterday evening and are persisting into this afternoon. The...

Tropical Storm Florence: Still Potential for Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

By Kaitlyn Park

Team South CarolinaGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018. There has been one storm related fatality at this time. Amber Dorn Lee of Union County passed away due to a downed tree on the highway. Governor McMaster expressed his sympathies and extended his prayers to her family and friends. According to the National Weather Service, heavy rainfall continues across northeast South Carolina, with catastrophic flooding going on across northeast South and North Carolina...

Hurricane Florence: "We're Going to Have to Have Patience" says Governor McMaster

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at SCEMDGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018. "Hurricane Florence is different from those we've had before. This hurricane is going to be with us for about two days." McMaster said. McMaster went on to say that this is the closest storm we have had to Hurricane Hugo, but Florence is unlike Hugo in that it will remain on land and in terms of catostrophic, enduring rainfall and as rain shifts from North Carolina, potential flooding. "We're going to have to...

Hurricane Florence: "This is Still a Very, Very Dangerous Storm." says Governor McMaster.

By Kaitlyn Park

Governor McMasterGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, September 13, 2018. The conference began with a reading and prayer from Chaplain and National Guard Captain, John Denny, calling for safety and unity in the coming storm. "This is still a very, very dangerous storm." said McMaster. "Not only on the coast, but also in the interior of the state. The very unusual part [wind and heavy rainfall] is going to last for about two days. That means we are going to have to be patient."...

Hurricane Florence: Images Before the Storm

By Kaitlyn Park

South Carolinians preparing for Hurricane FlorenceThis slideshow will be updated frequently with images from reporters in the field and S.C. residents featuring evacuations, weather and events related to Hurricane Florence. SCETV and Palmetto Scene viewers are welcome to submit their photos by tweeting them to @PalmettoScene or @SCETV , sending them to SCETV or Palmetto Scene 's Facebook, sending them to SCETV's Instagram , or email socialmedia@scetv.org .

Hurricane Florence: "This Hurricane is Unpredictable" says Governor McMaster

By Kaitlyn Park

SCEMDGovernor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Hurricane Florence has slowed slightly, but McMaster said that it could in fact pick back up. "As we've been predicting, this hurricane is unpredictable." said McMaster. "With all of the information we are getting from around the world on this hurricane, I can assure you that what we are telling you here is the best information available." McMaster urged residents remaining in the evacuation zones in Charleston...

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