COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said he has no intention of issuing a State of Emergency or evacuations ahead of Hurricane Isaias during a press conference Friday from the state’s Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia.
Based on the storm’s current forecast track, Isaias is expected to remain off the South Carolina coast as it passes late Sunday night into Monday.
The storm is still too far away to know the exact impacts of the storm along the coast.
Emergency officials say they may open some shelters for those who feel safe, but that will happen according to local authorities.
Officials are encouraging residents to prepare for possible impacts from the storm – whether it’s a hurricane or tropical storm – which includes preparing your home and yard, reviewing your emergency plan, updating your storm supply kits, keeping your cell phones and mobile devices charged in case of power outages, and gathering supplies for pets, medications and paying attention to local media reports.
“We’ve been watching Hurricane Isaias very closely over the past few days,” said SCEMD Director Kim Stenson. “There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast. It will be important for everyone to review their hurricane plans now and pay close attention to the forecasts over the weekend.”
Residents should review their personal safety plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm threatens the state.