Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for S.C.

By Aimee Crouch

FloodPresident Obama signed a declaration declaring a disaster in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement the recovery in affected areas. The action makes funds available to individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg counties. Grants for temporary housing, home repairs, and low cost loans for uninsured property loss are among the programs to help individuals and business owners that have been impacted by the flooding. Funding is also available to state and local governments for emergency work as it pertains to damage...

Flooding Across the Palmetto State

By Tabitha Safdi

FloodCatastrophic flash flooding to continue into Monday. Tropical moisture combined with a stalled front along the coast will continue to produce widespread and record-setting heavy rains through Monday. Here's what many are saying across South Carolina on social media . South Carolina Emergency Management is asking people to safely remain where you are due to severve weather and flash flooding. The National Weather Service is calling this a 'once in a 200 year rainfall event.'

South Carolina Emergency Management Division Guidelines

By Marina Ziehe

South Carolina Emergency Management Division GuidelinesThe weather has taken a severe turn across much of the Midlands, leading to catastrophic flooding in the area. South Carolina Emergency Management Division officials urge you to follow these guidelines: 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. If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, 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...

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. 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...