CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division elevated its operational readiness to level 4 early Sunday morning, in advance of Hurricane Matthew.
S.C. Emergency Management is recommending members of the state's response team begin reviewing plans in preparation for the category four storm.
"It's too soon to rule out any possibilities," SCEMD Dir. Kim Stenson said. "Hurricane Matthew has quickly strengthened into a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm's way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time. While we hope we never see a hurricane head our way, we all need prepare for the possible effects."
Operational Condition Level 4 is the second lowest of five levels, and denotes an elevated level of awareness, which includes reviewing plans and procedures.
Forecasters predict that even if Hurricane Matthew remains at sea, the state's coast could see tropical storm-force winds and flooding. People in potentially vulnerable areas should review personal safety plans, become familiar local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes.
Charleston County's Emergency Management Department also elevated operational conditions to OPCON 4 Sunday, in coordination with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. The Charleston County EOC has not been activated but staff are ready in case the weather situation changes, a spokesperson said. Dorchester Co. also elevated its operations level to OPCON 4 as of Sunday at 7 a.m., according to the agency's Facebook page.
Charleston hurricane guide can viewed here. Residents are also encouraged to review their hurricane zone.
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