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

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 250 off-system crew members to supplement the more than 2,000 employees responding to the storm. SCE&G also will continue to post information about its storm response efforts on its website, sceg.com, and through social media. “We have off-system crews that are already in our service territory from as far away as Texas...

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

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 prayers and assistance. According to the representative from the National Weather Service, as of 11 a.m. this morning, there is a hurricane warning and a storm surge warning in effect for the entire coast of South Carolina. Matthew is still a category three storm with winds of 120 miles per hour. It is currently brushing...

Obama Signs SC Emergency Declaration

By Aimee Crouch

White HousePresident 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 of Homeland Security and FEMA "to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to...

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

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 know it’s a problem.” Governor Haley said. She thanked South Carolinians for heeding evacuations, with many exiting early, but emphasized again how imperative it is to take evacuation instructions seriously. A representative from the National Weather Service stated that hurricane warnings have been extended up the South...

Additional Evacuations Ordered

By Aimee Crouch

rest stopGovernor Nikki Haley ordered additional evacuations a short time ago, as Hurricane Matthew approaches South Carolina. The additional counties are in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton. To verify if you are in the evacuation area, go to Know Your Zone . Evacuations may be expanded, if necessary. Many shelters are open across the state. To see the list, visit SCEMD .

Horry and Georgetown Counties Update #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

image of American Red CrossGovernor Nikki Haley issued an evacuation for Horry and Georgetown counties, which began officially at noon today, Thursday Oct. 6, 2016. The evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A and all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway) and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line. The evacuation includes all low-lying areas, mobile home and campground sites as well. As evacuees return to these areas, business owners and operators will need proper identification to gain access to certain impacted areas. This may include a current business license, company photo ID card, lease...

“This is a Storm We Want to Take Seriously”: Governor Haley, Thursday Morning

By Tabitha Safdi

High wind projection from Hurricane MatthewAs evacuations for coastal counties south of Charleston continue, Governor Haley addressed South Carolinians in her fourth press conference concerning Hurricane Matthew. In reference to the I-26 lane reversal and evacuations out of Charleston, Haley said, “175,000 people have evacuated. We need more.” This number is only half of the number projected by SCEMD. Horry and Georgetown counties begin evacuations at noon on Thursday. Thirty-eight shelters are open across the state. At the time of the press conference, there were 677 residents living in those shelters. There are four special needs...

Emergency Shelters Now Open Across the State

By Kaitlyn Park

sign for emergency shelterThe South Carolina Response Team announced today that shelters will be open across the state for South Carolina residents and visitors who are evacuating S.C. coastal zones in prepartion for Hurricane Matthew. As of 5 p.m., Oct 5, there are 32 shelters open across the state. Shelters are considered a last resort, and residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan in place for travel plans and friends or relatives to stay with during weather events such as hurricanes. Make necessary accomodations for pets, and have an emergency plan for them, as well, as pets are only allowed in two...

"Make Sure that We're Watching Out for Everyone": Governor Haley, Wednesday Evening

By Kaitlyn Park

cars congested on highway"I continue to ask the citizens of South Carolina to pray for each other and to continue to take care of your neighbors and make sure that we're watching out for everyone," Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference with her team at South Carolina's Emergency Management Division (EMD). She and Team South Carolina provided updates regarding Hurricane Matthew to reporters at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. To begin, Haley asked a representative of the National Weather Service to provide any new information regarding the storm and its trajectory. The storm is currently a category three hurricane...

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