Derrec Becker

Winter weather expected in South Carolina

(Tuesday, January 2, 2018) – Residents in South Carolina’s coastal counties should monitor local weather conditions and continue winter safety precautions.  Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict the possibility of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain for all coastal counties beginning Wednesday morning. Forecasters expect below freezing temperatures to last for much of the week throughout the entire state.

Rain, flash flooding possible with Tropical Storm Irma

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, September 11, 2017) – As Tropical Storm Irma continues to affect South Carolina, residents should pay close attention to weather conditions throughout the state. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center predict that T.S. Irma could produce three to six inches of rain along with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Flooding is possible in low-lying areas that are normally prone to flood.

Emergency shelters opening in three counties

Emergency shelters will be available for residents and visitors who are evacuating from southern coastal areas due to Hurricane Irma.

 Shelters are generally the place of last resort. Individuals and families are encouraged to have emergency plans in place. These plans should include relatives or friends with whom you can stay or locations to which you will travel.

In the event that you must use a shelter, please consider the following before arriving:

Bring your own pillows, blankets and cots as these items might not be available at every location.

Public And Individual Assistance For Storm Damage, Response Costs Approved For Additional Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency approved fifteen additional counties for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance include: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Sumter and Williamsburg.


COLUMBIA, S.C. – 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.

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.

State Emergency Operations Center Activated, Monitoring T.S. Hermine

Columbia, SC (Friday, September 2, 2016 11:45 a.m.) – People in potentially vulnerable areas throughout South Carolina should review their plans and consider actions they would need to take as the storm moves through the state.  Residents and visitors should monitor the storm via local news media and through updates from local National Weather Service offices, especially people in low-lying areas throughout the State.


I-95 (from I-26 to I-20) Returns to Partial Service

Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:15 p.m.) -- Based on review and input from SCDPS the South Carolina Highway Patrol recommends a partial opening of I-95.  For the area south of the I-95 bridges over the Black and Pocotaligo rivers, I-95 Southbound can be re-opened at Exit 119 (SC 261) and all southbound ramps be opened to the south all the way to I-26.

For the area north of the I-95 bridges, I-95 northbound from Exit 132 (SC 527) northbound and all northbound ramps can be opened to the north all the way to I-20.

Ways to Help During South Carolina’s Floods

Columbia, S.C. (Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:45 a.m.) – For those who want to help with disaster efforts, the best way is to make a monetary contribution to one of the many Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs).  The agencies are listed on South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division’s website:

South Carolina Flooding Statewide Response Updated

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Monday, October 5, 2015, 9:55 a.m.) – The South Carolina Emergency Response Team agencies are engaged in life-safety and rescue operations throughout the state. Even as conditions are expected to worsen throughout the day, resources are being brought into the state to assist local first responders. The South Carolina Emergency Operations Center is fully activated at Operating Condition One by state agencies of the State Emergency Response Team for the duration of the incident.

S.C. now at OPCON4; Preps for Flooding

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:20 p.m.) – The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and partner state agencies have upgraded the state’s operational condition to level four. OPCON 4 is the second lowest of five operational conditions and enables state agencies to make preparations for any potential effects from Hurricane Joaquin and predicted heavy rainfall from a separate weather system.

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