Charleston County officials: Stay home Friday if you don't have to travel
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County officials advised residents to stay home Friday if they do not need to travel because of possible flooding.
Forecast models continue to track newly-formed Tropical Storm Hermine, slightly more westward than originally forecast, which could put the storm near the Lowcountry coast Friday afternoon.
City of Charleston officials held a press conference on Wednesday and announced that special squads will be be out on the peninsula and the West Ashley area for needed rescues during the storm. Officials again stressed that people stay home on Friday if possible.
Sandbags will be available for Charleston citizens starting Thursday; for information citizens can call 843-619-6133 starting on Thursday.
In a release from the county, the possibility of localized flooding caused by heavy rainfall is cited as the reason for the suggestion that people stay home if they can.
County spokesman Shawn Smetana also reminded motorists to "turn around, don't drown" if they encounter flooded roads and to not drive around barricades.
"The Emergency Operations Center remains at OPCON 5 and has not been activated, but we have staff ready in case the weather situation changes," Smetana said.
There is no word yet from the Charleston County School District on any cancellations or schedule changes.
Tropical Storm Hermine will make landfall on the west coast of Florida and is then expected to move northwest through Georgia and South Carolina later in the week.
Forecasters believe the system could dump several inches of rain with wind gusts up to 55 mph and flooding.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston is advising recreational boaters stay out of the water as a safety precaution because the system could also produce dangerous conditions including rip currents, rainfall, and high winds.
Public Works staff will be inspecting known trouble spots as well as checking stormwater pipes, boxes, and outfalls for blockages.
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