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SC governor declares state of emergency

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COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -

Gov. Nikki Haley has declared a state of emergency ahead of winter weather that is expected to affect the Palmetto State starting Tuesday afternoon.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division and members of the State Emergency Response Team have activated the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center at Operation Condition 3. The SEOC will stay activated during the storm. 

The OpCon 3 level means that a disaster or emergency situation is likely and the state's emergency operations plan and the appropriate specific impact hazard emergency plan is activated.

Haley has ordered all state government offices to follow county government closing decisions, which means if a county administration decides to close for the day, state offices in that county will automatically follow the same schedule.

The SCEMD is urges residents to take proper safety measures to handle frozen precipitation, hazardous road conditions and extremely cold temperatures.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation crews are salting roads around the state. Officials are urging people to avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is sending additional personnel to staging areas, including resources from the State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources. 

S.C. National Guard soldiers are standing by to assist first responders and state agencies.

S.C. Department of Social Services staff, American Red Cross and Salvation Army volunteers are standing by to open and run shelters if needed. 

State Office of Regulatory Staff is working with the power utilities to track potential power outages and restoration time estimates should the storm cause power outages. 

The State Fire Marshal's Office and S.C. Forestry Commission are standing by to provide personnel and vehicle support as requested. 

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