Haley tours coast with advent of hurricane season

Haley tours coast with advent of hurricane season

North Charleston, SC (AP) - Gov. Nikki Haley is touring the South Carolina coast urging residents to prepare for hurricane season that begins Sunday.

Haley and state emergency officials met with reporters at midday in North Charleston.

The governor says the state will do its part to respond to a storm but residents must make plans as well.

It's been 25 years since Hurricane Hugo and Haley worries about complacency because a lot of people on the coast have never been through a hurricane. But she says she's also encouraged by the experience during last winter's ice storms. Haley says residents heeded warnings of emergency officials to stay off the roads and stay safe.

Emergency officials estimate that if a storm like Hugo hit today it would cause as much as $17 billion in damage.

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