Palmetto Scene

"This was Team South Carolina at our best," Haley, Sunday Morning

By T. Safdi

Car driving through flooded water

The forecast of good weather this coming week is giving authorities a sigh of relief as they continue with clean-up from Hurricane Matthew. 

One of the big concerns now is the water levels on a couple of South Carolina rivers. "The Waccamaw River is at 14 feet now. We do expect it to go to 16.7 feet by the end of this week. That is above what we had for flood levels last year," said Governor Nikki Haley at her 10 a.m. press conference on Sunday morning. The high levels will affect homes and roads. The other river of concern is Little Pee Dee River at Galivants Ferry.

Evacuees Can't Escape Hurricane Matthew

By K. Park

tree limbs on cars in Rosewood, Columbia

Even evacuees of Hurricane Matthew can not escape the relentless storm here in the Midlands. Hilton Head resident, Sherri Shumaker, left the island only to wake up to find a tree limb hanging on a power line just above her car in downtown Columbia. Should the line break her car could be severely damaged.​

“My husband is a state trooper. So, I knew if I had to leave he wasn’t going to be able to go with me." Shumaker says. "I have three cats to wrangle, so it was a lot going on.”

“Now it’s about trying to save lives”: Governor Haley, Saturday Morning

By T. Safdi

Haley at Press Conference

“Don’t plan to go home today or tomorrow,”  said Governor Haley urging all South Carolinians to say off the roads even as frustration may be setting in. 

The impact of the coastal areas overnight have been extreme rain and wind levels. Storm surge from the hurricane has been record high. At the Charleston Battery levels there were the third highest on record.

Myrtle Beach Storm Bird Used to Weathering Hurricanes

By K. Park

Caroline Carmichael at her porch window in Myrtle Beach

Palmetto Scene spoke with Myrtle Beach native Caroline "Johnnie" Carmichael, 88, about her unique hurricane traditions in her bungalow on 34th Ave, Kings Highway.

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Caroline Carmichael “AKA Johnnie” is eighty-eight years old. Her home on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina may be one of the only ones with lights on in the coming days as Hurricane Matthew approaches, but like the lady who lives there, the quiet bungalow has it’s own special history.

“Really the best thing now is to just hunker down”: Governor Haley, Friday Evening

By K. Park

Red Cross in Columbia SC

According to the representative from the National Weather Service, Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a category two storm. Wind speeds are about 110 miles per hour, which is good news for the South Carolina coast. However, the storm has started to turn north and pass just along or potentially on the South Carolina coast, including tomorrow during the day, when it will likely be a category one storm.

Not much has changed from the early track this morning, but it is still concerning as the storm passes close to the S.C. coast.

Small Town Farm Taking Horse and Cattle Evacuations

By T. Safdi

Farm Evacuation for Horses

For Shelly Pound, it all started with a love of horses and a Facebook post. For the past few days she and her family have been helping folks from the Lowcountry bring their horses to her St. Matthews farm to protect them from Hurricane Matthew. Her motto, just to look out for each other.

Charleston Evacuee Talks Staying in a Shelter

By T. Safdi

Charleston Evacuee at the Red Cross

Adalberto Ruiz, a Charleston evacuee, is calling another place home tonight. He and his family are staying the night at a Red Cross Shelter in Columbia. The one thing he couldn't leave home without -- his birds -- who are doing well in the back of his van.

SCE&G: ‘We Are Prepared to Respond to Hurricane Matthew’

By T. Safdi

Crew Prep

“I want to assure you, we are prepared.” That's what Keller Kissam, SCE&G president of retail operations, said about efforts by the company to prepare for Hurricane Matthew.

The company has taken added measures to prepare in advance of the storm, securing an additional 250 off-system crew members to supplement the more than 2,000 employees responding to the storm. SCE&G also will continue to post information about its storm response efforts on its website, sceg.com, and through social media.

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