Heavy rain and strong winds sweep through Georgetown

Hurricane Central

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCBD) – As Tropical Storm Florence makes its way through Georgetown the county is experiencing heavy rain and strong winds. 

Here in the Lowcountry, Georgetown County is experiencing major impacts from Tropical Storm Florence. 

Over the course of time after Tropical Storm Florence hit, rain and wind picked up throughout the area. The wind speeds have approached 40 miles per hour.

The county has turned into a ghost town that’s filled with empty streets and closed businesses with boarded up windows. 

No major flooding has been reported as of Friday, but at least 3,000 homeowners are without power, so emergency crews are standing by. 

“We have been ramped up for about three days now,” said Mark Nugent, Midway Fire Rescue Division Chief. “We’ve brought the entire fire department, basically everyone in this entire organization is at work.”

The county says no major emergencies have bee reported yet, but they’re urging people to stay alert just in case. 

“Don’t assume that it’s just a few inches of water, especially if it’s at night, it’s hard to gauge it’s hard to see, just don’t drive through flood water,” Georgetown Public Information Officer, Jackie Broach said. “Also, if you’re going to use a generator, wait until after the storm and never use them inside.”

Even if people aren’t seeing it yet, officials expect some bad flooding and possible damage from strong winds. 

With the evacuation order in affect, officials want everyone to stay inside until the rain and wind die down.

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