#HurricaneFlorence: So. Carolina Gov. Warns Of Landslides And Power Outages

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With the weather from Hurricane Florence shifting, South Carolina officials are now preparing for the hurricane to travel over much of the state, dumping inches of rain and swelling streams and rivers statewide. 1-newbern

Officials with Gov. Henry McMaster’s office and representatives from a host of state agencies met Wednesday to plan and prepare for inland flooding if the powerful hurricane does hit the Atlantic coast and track through the Palmetto State.   On Friday, he warned of mudslides and flooding. 

Alvin Taylor, the director of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said the change in the hurricane forecast could mean that up to 10 inches of rain could hit huge swaths of the state. State officials, he added, are putting together flood maps to understand what towns and cities may be most vulnerable to surging waterways farther inland from the coast.

“If you are in a low-lying area, be aware and be on the look out for major flooding,” McMaster said at a media briefing Wednesday.

McMaster said the threat of rising rivers was something state officials were concerned about even before the forecasts shifted, sending the hurricane over South Carolina.

A large amount of the rain that falls onto the southern half of North Carolina, he pointed out, also flows into the state through the Broad, Catawba, Pee Dee and Waccamaw rivers. Some of these river overflowed when Hurricane Matthew struck in 2016.

Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey, which maintains river gauges throughout the country, said the water levels in streams and rivers in the Midlands, Pee Dee and the Lowcountry are at or just below average for this time of year.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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