South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced Wednesday that South Carolina remains in a state of emergency because of continued flooding from Florence and the threat of Hurricane Michael. As a result, SC Emergency Management moved to OPCON Level 3.
Emergency officials at the State Emergency Operations Center have been working with county emergency officials to make needed resources are in place.
About a handful of people were working in the EOC Wednesday monitoring the storm and measuring potential impact.
“We’ve been keeping all of the agencies informed with the information from the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. It’s just a coordination of resources making sure we’re ready if anything happens,” explained Derrec Becker, with SCEMD.
OPCON Level 3 means an emergency situation is possible. Becker added,” Looks like some places are going to see gusty winds, there is the potential for some flash flooding and potential for tornadoes which is common with a tropical system.”
Emergency management usually issues evacuation orders when there is a threat of an increased storm surge. But officials expect Hurricane Michael to be more of a wind event so evacuation orders have not been issued.
School districts in several counties are already closed Thursday.
You can find all closures and storm resources HERE.
Emergency management plans to send help to Florida if needed once the storm passes through South Carolina.