Palmetto Scene

“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.

Obama Signs SC Emergency Declaration

By A. Crouch

White House

President Barack Obama declared an emergency in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to help with any conditions because of Hurricane Matthew. Obama spoke with Governor Nikki Haley yesterday and offered her any assistance the state needed.

Storm Surges Could Surpass Hugo Levels: Governor Haley, Thursday Evening

By K. Park

image of storm clouds over coast

“This is really a serious storm.” Governor Nikki Haley again spoke with reporters at an afternoon press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division with updated information about Hurricane Matthew.

“When we’re looking at storm surges that surpass Hugo, you know it’s a problem.” Governor Haley said. She thanked South Carolinians for heeding evacuations, with many exiting early, but emphasized again how imperative it is to take evacuation instructions seriously.

Additional Evacuations Ordered

By A. Crouch

rest stop

Governor Nikki Haley ordered additional evacuations a short time ago, as Hurricane Matthew approaches South Carolina. The additional counties are in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton.

To verify if you are in the evacuation area, go to Know Your Zone.

Evacuations may be expanded, if necessary.

Horry and Georgetown Counties Update #HurricaneMatthew

By K. Park

image of American Red Cross

Governor Nikki Haley issued an evacuation for Horry and Georgetown counties, which began officially at noon today, Thursday Oct. 6, 2016. The evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A and all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway) and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line. The evacuation includes all low-lying areas, mobile home and campground sites as well.

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