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Charleston, Dorchester counties back to OPCON5 after Andrea passes

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County and Dorchester County announced they will return to "normal Operating Condition 5" after discussing Tropical Storm Andrea with emergency officials on Friday.

The counties will return to OPCON5 at noon, meaning their emergency operations centers are no longer activated.

“While the damage sustained from Tropical Storm Andrea was relatively minor, everyone should be mindful of the fact that now is the time to prepare,” said Jason Patno, Director of the Charleston County Emergency Management Department.

"We are now at the height of hurricane season, and for those who have not done so already, it is time to gather supplies and review family emergency plans in order to be prepared," said Cathy Haynes, Chief of Operations with Charleston County's Emergency Management Department.

The OPCON levels of readiness run from five to one in level of severity, with one being the most severe. This is opposite of how hurricane severity levels run, from one to five, with five being the most severe.

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