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National Weather Service in Charleston operational despite shutdown


The National Weather Service is still up and running even though it's part of a federal agency that is partially shutdown. The NWS in Charleston says it is fully operational, and the office continues to work closely with the National Hurricane Center, which is preparing for Tropical Storm Karen.

The NWS is part of NOAA or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Warning coordination meteorologist Ron Morales says because their work is directly related to protecting lives and property, the offices continues to function. However, Morales says anything outside of tracking weather is not allowed while the government is shutdown. He says the NWS will continue to get the most up-to-date information out to the public.

"Forecast, warnings, briefings to our key customers like emergency management and media, that kind of thing. Anything else really is not considered critical to our mission, going to do outreach for example or talking to a rotary club or school would not really be considered critical to our mission at this point."

While the NWS and National Hurricane Center's employees continue to work, roughly 50 percent of NOAA employees are on furlough.


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