Lowcountry emergency management departments urging citizens to prepare for potential impacts

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleson, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Georgetown Emergency Management Departments are calling on citizens to make preparations now for the potential impacts of Florence.

A news release states that staff has participated in daily conference calls to remain up-to-date on the storm’s path and potential impacts. While the path of Florence remains uncertain, citizens should take the time to review emergency plans and check supplies.

“Earlier today, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster reminded citizens preparedness is the best strategy,” said Charleston County Emergency Management Director Jason Patno. “We certainly echo that statement and ask citizens to monitor local media outlets for updates on the storm.”

The Charleston County, Berkeley County, and Dorchester County Emergency Operations Centers moved to OPCON 3 at 8 a.m. Sunday, September 9th, according to county spokespeople.

Georgetown County is moving to OPCON 3 at noon on Sunday, September 9th.

OPCON 3 means a disaster or emergency situation is likely or imminent.

Staff have participated in conference calls with state and local agencies to remain up-to-date on the potential impacts. 

Latest information from National Weather Service: Florence is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast U.S. coast by late next week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase. Tropical storm force winds could arrive as early as Wednesday evening.

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