CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation has preparations underway for what is now Tropical Depression nine. However, forecasters are currently predicting the depression will strengthen into a tropical storm before reaching South Carolina late Thursday night and into Friday.
SCDOT Maintenance units across the state are currently preparing their staffing plans, checking their road-clearing equipment for readiness and closely monitoring the weather forecasts. The Upstate Maintenance units are also conducting these preparations in case those units are needed to support possible operations in the southern half of the state with manpower and equipment.
SCDOT urges motorists to use caution at all times, particularly in stormy conditions.
If the storm leaves significant levels of standing water on roadways, drivers are warned not to attempt to drive through it. Standing water can be life-threatening. Motorists are also urged not to drive around any barricades SCDOT uses to close roads. Roads are closed when damaged or present hazardous situations.
SCDOT urges all drivers to use caution for your own safety, the safety of other drivers and for those are working to keep the highways open. SCDOT recommends using the 511 Traveler System: www.511sc.orgfor road condition updates.