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Is a Palmetto Bug Really Just a Cockroach?

By Kaitlyn Park

large cockroaches

If 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."

Flooding Update: Governor McMaster on Florence's Aftermath

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at EMD

Governor 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.

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

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at SCEMD

Governor 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.

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

By Kaitlyn Park

Governor at SCEMD

Governor 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.

Tropical Storm Florence: Still Potential for Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

By Kaitlyn Park

Team South Carolina

Governor 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.

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

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at SCEMD

Governor 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.

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

By Kaitlyn Park

Governor McMaster

Governor 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.

What Should You Have in Your Hurricane Emergency Kit?

By Kaitlyn Park

Boarded up restaurant

As Hurricane Florence approaches the Carolina coastline, South Carolinians are preparing and evacuating. South Carolina's Emergency Management Division advises having an emergency kit ready whether you are traveling to stay with friends and family, going to a shelter, or staying at home where there could be power outages and other damage. As the storm will likely not take effect in South Carolina until late Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15, there is still time to prepare.

Hurricane Florence: Images Before the Storm

By Kaitlyn Park

South Carolinians preparing for Hurricane Florence

This 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.

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