Kaitlyn Park

Myrtle Beach Storm Bird Used to Weathering Hurricanes

By Kaitlyn Park

Caroline Carmichael at her porch window in Myrtle Beach

Palmetto Scene spoke with Myrtle Beach native Caroline "Johnnie" Carmichael, 88, about her unique hurricane traditions in her bungalow on 34th Ave, Kings Highway.

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Caroline Carmichael “AKA Johnnie” is eighty-eight years old. Her home on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina may be one of the only ones with lights on in the coming days as Hurricane Matthew approaches, but like the lady who lives there, the quiet bungalow has it’s own special history.

“Really the best thing now is to just hunker down”: Governor Haley, Friday Evening

By Kaitlyn Park

Red Cross in Columbia SC

According to the representative from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a category two storm. Wind speeds are about 110 miles per hour, which is good news for the South Carolina coast. However, the storm has started to turn north and pass just along or potentially on the South Carolina coast, including tomorrow during the day, when it will likely be a category one storm.

Not much has changed from the early track this morning, but it is still concerning as the storm passes close to the S.C. coast.

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.

Horry and Georgetown Counties Update #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

image of American Red Cross

Governor 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.

Emergency Shelters Now Open Across the State

By Kaitlyn Park

sign for emergency shelter

The 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.

"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.

Images from the Road: #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy traffic congestion on I26

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 Matthew. SCETV and Palmetto Scene viewers are welcome to submit their photos by tweeting them to @PalmettoScene

Take Pets When Evacuating, Advises Humane Society

By Kaitlyn Park

pet owner carries cat in carrier

South Carolina residents evacuating, as well as those evacuating from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, should take their pets with them when evacuating for Hurricane Matthew. Although the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is ready to care for animals caught in natural disasters, pet owners are encouraged to evacuate pets, as well, and have a "Pet-Disaster Preparedness" kit ready.

#HurricaneMatthew Prep Information from Governor Haley: Wednesday Morning

By Kaitlyn Park

Track of Hurricane Matthew

Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference Wednesday morning to update the state on the status of Hurricane Matthew.

Nikki Haley informed reporters at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (EMD) that the National Weather Service advised her this morning how the storm had changed overnight. The storm has slowed down and “moved somewhat”, but could move back before arriving to South Carolina. Haley said her team will “move as the storm moves”.

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