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“Don’t ever say South Carolina is not resilient”: Governor Haley, Tuesday Afternoon

By Kaitlyn Park

cleanup with a bulldozer on Surfside Beach“The sun is shining and that is a blessing.” Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division just after noon on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Governor Haley stated that as rivers start to flow and as waters move, what was a hurricane situation is now becoming a flood situation in South Carolina. Marion County, for example, is currently under four feet of water. This situation in several areas of the state could last for at least the next week. Emergency teams are currently preparing and prepositioning in anticipation of flooding, and working to inform...

Mayor of Beaufort on Recovery After Matthew

By Kaitlyn Park

Mayor of Beaufort, SC, Billy KeyserlingBilly Keyserling, Mayor of Beaufort, S.C., speaks with Palmetto Scene about Beaufort's recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew. Watch Palmetto Scene this Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., as we look at how South Carolina rebuilds following the storm.

Sunday Game Day: #SCStrong

By Kaitlyn Park

fans walk into Williams Brice StadiumDespite Hurricane Matthew's whipping winds, destructive surges and heavy rainfall, the rescheduled University of South Carolina football game against University of Georgia had South Carolina residents coming together on a beautiful post-Matthew Sunday. While the state continues to recover and rebuild, South Carolinians found comfort in celebrating the South's most popular fall tradition: SEC football.

"South Carolina is getting stronger by the day": Governor Haley, Monday Afternoon

By Kaitlyn Park

SCE&G workers in Charleston, SCGovernor Nikki Haley addressed the press from the Emergency Management Division (EMD) Monday afternoon, Oct. 10. Due to flooding from the rivers, Governor Haley changed the fly-over originally scheduled for Beaufort to a flight over Florence and Marion counties. There has been significant damage in these areas, and the governor said most first floors are gone, and many homes and cars were also lost. The town of Nichols was greatly devastated. One hundred and fifty people were in the Town Hall on the third floor waiting for rescue and evacuation. Law enforcement, the National Guard and the...

Hurricane Matthew: Returning Home

By Tabitha Safdi

Destruction caused by Hurricane MatthewResidents 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 has lifted all evacuation orders for zones along the South Carolina coast. Residents should remember the effects of Hurricane Matthew will continue for days, if not weeks. Local public safety officials manage the entry to previously evacuated communities. Residents should follow the directions provided by county and local...

Hurricane Matthew: Ways to Volunteer and Donate

By Tabitha Safdi

Donations Here Sign at Red Cross ShelterPlease 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 the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. South Carolina Emergency Management Divison is still assessing damage and will know more about our volunteer needs as we move forward. They advise citizens to think about volunteering within your own networks. If you are a member of a church or civic group, find out if plans are being made...

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

By Tabitha Safdi

Car driving through flooded waterThe 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 expect it to go to 16.7 feet by the end of this week. That is above what we had for flood levels last year," said Governor Nikki Haley at her 10 a.m. press conference on Sunday morning. The high levels will affect homes and roads. The other river of concern is Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry. Berkeley, Colleton,...

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

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 made landfall earlier today just south of McClellanville. The storm is now pulling away from the Myrtle Beach area to the northeast. Conditions are improving. Even though rain is tapering off, residents can expect strong winds from the back end of the storm in the Grand Strand area. As of a few hours ago, there were 74 mile-...

Evacuees Can't Escape Hurricane Matthew

By Kaitlyn Park

tree limbs on cars in Rosewood, ColumbiaEven 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 car could be severely damaged.​ “My husband is a state trooper. So, I knew if I had to leave he wasn’t going to be able to go with me." Shumaker says. "I have three cats to wrangle, so it was a lot going on.” As an employee in the tourism industry, Sherri knew when it was time to leave, but was concerned for what would...

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

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 record high. At the Charleston Battery levels there were the third highest on record. At the time of the press conference the maximum winds for Hurricane Matthew are down to 75 mph, still a Category 1 hurricane. Governor Haley mentioned there is still a lot going on and it’s still a very serious situation. "All areas are...

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