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SC officials urge storm preparation as Elsa tracks toward the Midlands

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Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 2:03 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2021 at 6:56 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Gov. Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division are urging residents to finalize their storm preparations ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.

The National Hurricane Center is predicting parts of South Carolina will experience tropical storm conditions starting Wednesday and continuing into Thursday morning.

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SCEMD recommends the following:

  • Bring in lawn furniture and other loose objects that may become hazards in high winds.
  • To ensure for all emergency supplies, check the South Carolina Hurricane Guide.
  • Prepare for isolated power outages -- keep cell phones and mobile devices fully charged.
  • Have multiple ways to get emergency warnings for your designated area. Options include Wireless Emergency Alerts on mobile phones, NOAA Weather Radio, and CodeRED Emergency Notifications.
  • Utilize the state’s new hurricane preparedness site.
  • Heed warnings issued by local public safety officials. If an official alert commences, take safety precautions immediately.

Residents who live in mobile homes or in low lying areas prone to flooding may need to consider staying elsewhere during the storm.

If unable to remain in your home -- stay with friends and family as a first option. Motels and hotels are also viable options. Emergency shelters will open if necessary.

Additionally, be aware of potential flash flooding:

  • Move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Three to six inches of moving water can cause falling. Walk where the water is not moving.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Do not try to drive around or move barricades that are blocking a street.

Emergency crews say they are prepared for flooding, downed trees, power outages, and possible tornadoes.

“We know it’s headed for the Carolinas and it will bring wind and rain and we’re preparing for the risk of tornadoes,” Dominion Energy Spokesperson Matt Long said.

SCEMD Kim Stenson says they are expecting several inches of rain, wind gusts, and possibly worse.

“There is a threat of tornadoes, but as the storm gets weaker those chances go down,” Stenson said. “We don’t expect large problems with that.”

SCEMD is encouraging citizens to prepare their homes supplies to survive weather events like this, such as flashlights, food, and bottled water.

“Based on what we’ve seen it’s going to be a very active season,” Stenson said.

If your power goes out, you can report your outage on the Dominion Energy app.

Dominion Energy says if a power line falls do not go near it. Report it immediately.

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