Palmetto Scene

Mayor of Beaufort on Recovery After Matthew

By K. Park

Mayor of Beaufort, SC, Billy Keyserling

Billy Keyserling, Mayor of Beaufort, S.C., speaks with Palmetto Scene about Beaufort's recovery efforts after Hurricane Matthew.

Watch Palmetto Scene this Thursday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., as we look at how South Carolina rebuilds following the storm.

Sunday Game Day: #SCStrong

By K. Park

fans walk into Williams Brice Stadium

Despite Hurricane Matthew's whipping winds, destructive surges and heavy rainfall, the rescheduled University of South Carolina football game against University of Georgia had South Carolina residents coming together on a beautiful post-Matthew Sunday. While the state continues to recover and rebuild, South Carolinians found comfort in celebrating the South's most popular fall tradition: SEC football.

"South Carolina is getting stronger by the day": Governor Haley, Monday Afternoon

By K. Park

SCE&G workers in Charleston, SC

Governor Nikki Haley addressed the press from the Emergency Management Division (EMD) Monday afternoon, Oct. 10.

Due to flooding from the rivers, Governor Haley changed the fly-over originally scheduled for Beaufort to a flight over Florence and Marion counties. There has been significant damage in these areas, and the governor said most first floors are gone, and many homes and cars were also lost.

Hurricane Matthew: Returning Home

By T. Safdi

Destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew

Residents affected by Hurricane Matthew should continue monitoring local news sources and verified, official social media feeds for the most up-to-date information about communities and what to do when returning home. 

At the request of local officials, Governor Nikki Haley has lifted all evacuation orders for zones along the South Carolina coast. Residents should remember the effects of Hurricane Matthew will continue for days, if not weeks. 

Hurricane Matthew: Ways to Volunteer and Donate

By T. Safdi

Donations Here Sign at Red Cross Shelter

Please see the information below to volunteer or donate in support of Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.  For additional information, please call 1-888-585-9643.

Volunteer Services

"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.

TRANSCRIPT

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.

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