Governor McMaster declares state of emergency in light of Hurricane Idalia
Governor Henry McMaster declared a State of Emergency today as a part of the State Emergency Response Team (SERT)’s preparations for severe weather anticipated from Wednesday through Thursday in the Palmetto State. South Carolina Emergency Management Division moved from OPCON 3 to OPCON 2 today. SCEMD will staff the State Emergency Operations Center (the “SEOC”) tomorrow morning. The SERT has been coordinating preparations since yesterday, and SCEMD is in communication with Governor McMaster’s office.
SC is expecting heavy rain, coastal flooding, and a storm surge along the coast, particularly in the Low Country. Much of the State will feel the impacts of Hurricane Idalia. While a coastal evacuation has not been recommended, we encourage individuals in flood-prone areas to have a plan and seek higher ground before the arrival of tropical-storm force winds, which could make travel dangerous. Please pay close attention to local weather reports and advisories.
Rest assured, I will continue to closely monitor the situation and remain in contact with our local county officials to ensure that any state resources required will be promptly provided.