SCEMD prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

SCEMD prepares for Tropical Storm Arthur

South Carolina officials are preparing for possible effects from Tropical Storm Arthur.

In Charleston, the county's Emergency Management Department has not been activated, but staff is ready in case the weather situation changes, spokesman Shawn Smetana said.

Key agencies in state government have been notified to be ready to respond if the need arises, according to South Carolina Emergency Management Division spokesman Derrec Becker.

"People in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions they would need to take if the storm threatens South Carolina," Becker said.

The SCEMD planned to increase its operational readiness to Condition 4, the second lowest of five operational conditions, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Becker said. Personnel representing key state response agencies were notified to review plans and procedures and are on call if needed.

Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Arthur to be near the Charleston County coast on Thursday afternoon and evening traveling in a northeast direction. Impacts are expected to be minimal based on current projections, with rain mainly offshore and an increase in rip currents.

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