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Tropical Storm Florence: Still Potential for Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

By Kaitlyn Park

Team South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018.

There has been one storm related fatality at this time. Amber Dorn Lee of Union County passed away due to a downed tree on the highway. Governor McMaster expressed his sympathies and extended his prayers to her family and friends.

Hurricane Florence: "We're Going to Have to Have Patience" says Governor McMaster

By Kaitlyn Park

McMaster at SCEMD

Governor Henry McMaster addressed the public in a press conference from South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) this afternoon at 2:30 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018.

"Hurricane Florence is different from those we've had before. This hurricane is going to be with us for about two days." McMaster said.

McMaster went on to say that this is the closest storm we have had to Hurricane Hugo, but Florence is unlike Hugo in that it will remain on land and in terms of catostrophic, enduring rainfall and as rain shifts from North Carolina, potential flooding.

Hurricane Florence Continuing to Cause Outages for Santee Cooper

By Alfred Turner

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Reports from Santee Cooper indicated that as of 3:30 p.m. Friday, some 38,900 Santee Cooper retail customers were without power due to early impacts from Hurricane Florence. Earlier in the afternoon outages peaked at 39,200, and crews were able to restore about 9,000 customers today before the outages increased again. On the transmission side, three lines were locked out, impacting customers of Santee Cooper, Horry Electric Cooperative and Santee Electric Cooperative. Santee Cooper crews have had to cease repair work because the high winds have made conditions unsafe.

Florence: It's Now All About the Flooding

By Jeff Huffman

Predicted path.

Hurricane Florence has slowed and is now crawling to the west at 6 mph. Life-threatening storm surge, inland flooding, and wind damage are imminent along the coast of North Carolina from Wilmington to the Outer Banks and stretching to northern portions of South Carolina through the day on Friday. Florence is forecast to move southwest along the coastline before turning to the northeast on Sunday.

Many Without Power Due to Hurricane Florence

By Santee Cooper

Santee Cooper

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. – As of midmorning September 14th, more than 25,000 Santee Cooper retail customers had lost power due to early impacts from Hurricane Florence.

On the transmission side, two lines were locked out, both in the northern Horry County area. The transmission outages affect customers of Santee Cooper and Horry Electric Cooperative.

Columbia Braces for Heavy Rain

By Tabitha Safdi

Hurricane Florence- Columbia

As Hurricane Florence hits the coast, it's leaving everyone in the Midlands waiting and watching. The storm is expected to produce high amounts of rainfall in Columbia and surrounding communities.  

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin says they learned some valuable lessons with the 2015 floods and those lessons are playing into preparedness as Florence slowly approaches. 

Many in the Charleston Area Shelter in Place for Florence

By Victoria Hansen

Dunleavys Pub on Sullivan's Island is boarded up but open for business

Just hours before hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina, Dallas Cone and his nearly 1 year-old daughter Hannah sat in the sand on Sullivan’s Island just outside of Charleston enjoying the cool breeze and growing waves.  He admitted his family was poised to leave, but changed their mind at the very last minute.

“We did board up yesterday expecting the worst,” he said.  “But I think it’s going to be north of us right now.”

Sticking It Out: Beaufort Awaits Florence

By Holly Bounds Jackson and Dr. Caroline Sawyer

Hunting Island Surfing

Beaufort County neighbors remained torn on Thursday over the impending storm after governor Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence. Some locals and visitors took advantage of the still beautiful weather down in Beaufort Waterfront Park. We found some Myrtle Beach evacuees who stopped by for ice cream. 

Many parents are getting their children out to play since county schools are closed all week.

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