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FEMA Urges Residents in Southeast to Prepare for Potentially Life-Threatening Flooding Residents Advised to Turn Around, Don’t Drown

By Tabitha Safdi

Turn AroundThe Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging residents in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee to closely monitor the potential for significant flooding, follow the direction of state, local and tribal officials, and review their household emergency preparedness plans. Many portions of the eastern U.S. are currently experiencing heavy rains and gusty winds associated with a frontal system, according to the National Weather Service. These heavy rains are likely to continue for the next few days, even if the center of Hurricane Joaquin...

Flash Flood Warnings Continue Statewide

By Tabitha Safdi

Wentworth and BarreSignificant 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...

Obama Declares Federal Disaster in S.C.

By Aimee Crouch

Hope FerryEarlier today, President Obama declared a state of emergency for all 46 counties in S.C. due to storms and flooding. Federal aid will be available to support state and local efforts, with FEMA coordinating any relief efforts and providing assistance in emergency situations. In a release from The White House, the order states "FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding."

Gov. Nikki Haley Talks Flood Preparation: What You Should Know Right Now

By Katie Geer

Press ConferenceAs S.C. prepares to see record breaking rainfall, Gov. Nikki Haley held a press conference to update the citizens about what they need to know about the next few days. Haley suggested that those who live in flood-prone areas leave and seek shelter right away. She also said that shelters would be provided. Just contact your local emergency department. http://scemd.org/ Power outages and extensive flooding are expected to last until Monday and possibly even into Tuesday, the governor said. Watch Palmetto Scene's full coverage of the press conference to learn all the plans for the state, as we...

S.C. Governor Declares State of Emergency

By Tabitha Safdi

Haley-SOEVideo from U.S. National Weather's Service, Turn Around Don't Drown PSA Governor Nikki Haley has declared a State of Emergency in advance of any potential impacts from Hurricane Joaquin and flooding from a separate weather system. The Governor’s State of Emergency declaration puts state emergency plans into effect, enabling agencies to better coordinate resources jointly and respond to requests for state assistance from county emergency managers. According to the Weather Channel , "Hurricane Joaquin intensified to an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm Thursday afternoon and continues to...

What You Need to Know About S.C. and Relationship Abuse

By Katie Geer

AbuseWhat is the issue in S.C.? South Carolina made the news this month when a new study from the Violence Policy Center showed that S.C. was once again the number one most murderous state for women in the nation. This is the fourth time the state has held this position, and S.C. has repeatedly landed in the top ten spots every year for the last ten years. The study showed that "94 percent of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew. Of the victims who knew their offenders, 62 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers." The study revealed that 57 women had...

S.C. State Museum Offers View of Sunday's Supermoon

By Tabitha Safdi

SupermoonThere’s a unique astronomical event that will appear in the night sky on Sunday that, pun intended, only happens once in a blue moon. It’s a supermoon lunar eclipse. According to The State Newspaper , “a supermoon is a full moon at its closest approach to Earth of the year.” NASA writes that it’s an eclipse that has not been “seen in more than 30 years.” The total eclipse will last 72 minutes. The Earth’s shadow will begin to dim the supermoon slightly beginning at 8:11, adds NASA. According to Sky & Telescope , “North Americans are well positioned to view this eclipse, but no matter...

South Carolina Ranks #1 in the Nation for Relationship Violence

By Katie Geer

Purple RibbonSouth Carolina has once again filled the number one spot for women killed by men in the nation. A new study released by the Violence Policy Center showed that across the nation “more than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun.” South Carolina led the nation with 57 women killed, followed by Alaska and New Mexico. The study rates the top ten most deadly states for women killed by men based on population. The study showed that 94 percent of the women who died were killed by a man they knew. And of the women who knew their offender, a staggering 62...

South Carolina Ranks #1 in the Nation for Relationship Violence

By Katie Geer

purple ribbon for domestic violence with Palmetto Scene logoSouth Carolina has once again filled the number one spot for women killed by men in the nation. A new study released by the Violence Policy Center showed that across the nation “more than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun.” South Carolina led the nation with 57 women killed, followed by Alaska and New Mexico. The study rates the top ten most deadly states for women killed by men based on population. The study showed that 94 percent of the women who died were killed by a man they knew. And of the women who knew their offender, a staggering 62...

City of Cayce: Plans for Dilapidated Structures Program Moves Forward

By Kaitlyn Park

abadnoned homeThe City of Cayce approved a fee schedule for the proposed dilapidated structures program on Wednesday, September 16, and demolition of several unsafe and run-down buildings is expected to begin very soon, reports Cola Daily . In early August, The State reported that many neighborhood groups and community members in Cayce were concerned with several homes, apartments and stores that were in a state of significant disrepair or abandonment. With the help of City Hall, a list of 34 properties that needed serious attention was compiled. Demolition is considered a last resort, according to the...

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