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Charleston Co. moves back to OPCON 4 after latest hurricane path

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
Charleston County has downgraded its Operating Condition to 4 after recent forecasts show Hurricane Irene's predicted track moving more eastward.
 
OPCON 4 level means an emergency or disaster situation is possible and may require a partial or full activation of the Emergency Operations Center.
 
The latest update from the National Hurricane Center shows that Hurricane Irene has continued to strengthen and is now a Category 3, making it the first major hurricane of the 2011 season. The hurricane center's projected path continues to take the storm further northeast, away from the South Carolina coast.

The state is at an OPCON level 5 which includes day-to-day operations, no storms or emergencies. A level 4 means a hurricane has been spotted that could pose potential threat to our state.

Charleston County School District spokesman Jason Sakran released a statement Tuesday that said the school district and local officials are closely watching the path of Hurricane Irene. 

"Right now, we are at 'OPCON 4,' which simply means that local officials have been notified that a storm could possibly be a threat to South Carolina," Sakran said.

Principals and department heads are taking preliminary steps now to prepare for a possible storm, including checking emergency phone lists and the readiness of buildings.

CCSD will work in coordination with local officials and the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center in making any decisions about delays or closures. Much of this will depend on the path of the storm and whether there are mandatory or voluntary evacuation notifications. 

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