Hurricane Florence continues path toward Carolinas

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WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE SUNRISE UNTIL AM. THE SUN WILL COME OUT BUT IT’S GOING TO BE OVERCAST. IT WILL BE RELATIVELY DARK GREEN EVEN IF YOU GO OUT TODAY AND IT LOOKS OKAY NOW, THINGS WILL CHANGE. IS IT GOING TO TURN SOUTH VERY QUICKLY? THAT IS A POSSIBILITY. BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO TAKE THE CHANCE? >> I THINK THAT’S THE BIGGEST THING THAT YOU’VE BEEN STRESSING AND TALKING ABOUT. RIGHT NOW, WE ARE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT FLORENCE WILL BRING TO THE MILITANTS BECAUSE SHE IS TAKING HER TIME STROLLING. IT’S A VERY MUCH HURRY UP AND WAIT SITUATION.

WE WILL FILL THE IMPACTS LATER ON TODAY. THIS IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT WE COULD SEE LATER ON TODAY. >> WE WANT EVERYBODY TO BE SAFE. ONE OF THE STORIES THAT HAS TOUCHED ME SO MUCH IS WE WENT TO BED EARLY, WE’VE ALREADY SEEN SIX DEATHS BECAUSE OF THE STORMS IN NORTH CAROLINA. ONE OF THEM WAS THE MOTHER AND THE BABY INSIDE THEIR HOME, AND A TREE FELL ON THE HOME KILLING THE MOTHER AND THE NEWBORN LEAVING THE FATHER. AND SEEING THE IMAGES OF THE FATHER BEING TAKEN OUT, ON THE STRETCHER, AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT PRAYING AROUND HIM AND AT THE SCENE, THESE ARE THE IMAGES.

OF THE WILMINGTON FIRE DEPARTMENT AFTER THEY TOOK THE MOTHER AND THE INFANT TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEY TOOK THE FATHER OUT AND THEY PRAYED. THAT’S THE IMAGE OF THE FATHER RIGHT THERE. WE ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THE WIND WE HAVE CAN EASILY SNAP THE TREES AND BRANCHES AND IF YOU ARE INSIDE YOUR HOME, LOOK AT THIS. IT CAN KILL YOU. >> THE TYPE OF HOME THAT THE TREE FELL ON, WAS A REGULAR HOME. A BRICK AND MORTAR HOME. IN A REGULAR ADDITION IN THE WILMINGTON AREA. THIS WASN’T ON THE COASTLINE. THIS WAS IN THE CITY OF WILMINGTON. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING, WE’VE BEEN GETTING SCORES OF QUESTIONS, AM I GOING TO BE SAFE IN MY MOBILE HOME? LOOK AT THE WIND THAT IS OCCURRED YESTERDAY IN WILMINGTON.

WE ARE GOING BACK TO THESE BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE A REFERENCE. LOOK AT THE DAMAGE FROM THE WIND ON METAL STRUCTURES. IT’S GONE. IT HAS BEEN PULLED OFF BY THE WIND. LOOK AT THE DISTANCE, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT 75 FEET AWAY FROM WHERE THESE TOPS WERE ANCHORED ON TOP OF THE GAS TANKS. AND PULLED AWAY. IF IT FALLS TO THE SIDE THAT’S ONE SIDE BUT ONCE A FELL DOWN WHETHER THE WIND BLEW IT ALL ACROSS 75 FEET OR IT GOT DRAGGED 75 FEET, THAT TREE WAS PROBABLY NOT THERE IN THE ROADWAY AN HOUR BEFORE THEY SHOT THIS. YOU WILL GO UP AND IT’S CLEAR AND THEN YOU COME BACK AND IT’S DOWN. THESE WILL BE POTENTIAL INCOME I’M NOT GOING TO SAY IS THE CASE BUT THIS COULD POTENTIALLY BE WHAT WE WILL BE SEEING IN PARTS OF THE EASTERN MIDLANDS TODAY.

EVEN IF WE GET A 50 MILE-PER- HOUR WIND GUST, THAT POWERLINE IS COMING DOWN BECAUSE OF THE TREE. THAT TREE COMES DOWN AND TAKES EVERYTHING WITH IT. THIS DAMAGE FROM MY EXPERIENCE, WORKING WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AS A STORM SURVEY OR AFTER TURN ATTIC STORMS, THESE WINS ARE PROBABLY IN ABOUT 50 MILE-PER-HOUR WIND GUSTS. IT DOESN’T TAKE THAT MUCH. THE WIND WILL BE THAT IT BIGGEST IMPACT SO IF WE HAVE ONE WIND GUST AT 50 MILES PER HOUR, YOU WILL BE DEALING WITH THE SAME THING. PEOPLE HAVE ASKED ALREADY MANY TIMES, I LIVED IN SUMTER AND I WORK FROM 8 AM TO 5 PM SATURDAY, TODAY. WILL IT BE SAFE? I SAID FLAT OUT, NO BECAUSE WE DON’T KNOW FROM SUMTER TO THAT AREA OF THE MIDLANDS WE DO NOT KNOW IF THE WIND WILL BE LESS THAN 20.

WE ARE FORECASTING THAT THE VERY LIKELIHOOD OF WIND GUSTS POTENTIALLY 45 TO 55 MILES PER HOUR. EVEN IF YOU ARE COMING BACK AND IT IS DAYLIGHT BECAUSE YOU’RE WORKING 8-5, THE ROAD MAY BE BLOCKS OFF. NOW YOU HAVE TO FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE. HOW DO YOU KNOW IF THE ROAD IS NOT BLOCKED OFF? IT IS NOT THE CONDITION TO GO VENTURE OUT. THAT’S WHY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION AND GOVERNOR HAS SAID FOR THE MIDLANDS, HUNKER DOWN AND STAY HOME. BE SAFE BECAUSE THESE CONDITIONS ARE GOING TO WORSEN. THEY HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT LATER THEN WE WOULD EXPECT BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPECTING THAT THESE WINS WILL PICK UP, THEY ARE PICKING UP ALREADY NOW. WE’VE GOT WIND SPEEDS AT ABOUT 14 TO 20 MILES PER HOUR GUST AND AT TIMES AT 43 MILES PER HOUR. IT IS ONLY 4 AM, WE HAVE A WHOLE DAY TO DO THIS AND IS GOING TO PROGRESSIVELY GET WORSE. >> I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE WATCHING JIMMY SAID STAY OFF THE ROADS. IS THAT YOUR ADVICE FOR TODAY?>> STAY OFF THE ROADS, THE WIND IS PICKING UP NOW.

WE ARE GOING TO HAVE POWER OUTAGES. WE ARE GETTING REPORTS OF SOME ROADWAYS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF DEBRIS ON THERE. YOU WILL NOT DRIVE AND TAKE A RISK THAT PUNCTURING THE BOTTOM OF YOUR CAR. AS THINGS PROGRESSIVELY GET WORSE, NOW IS NOT THE TIME AND CERTAINLY LATER ON TODAY IS NOT TO GO OUT. AS THEY GO OUT THEY WILL NEED TO GET TO THE AREAS WHERE THE THEY ARE NEEDED AND THEY DO NOT NEED TO DEAL WITH THE CIVILIAN POPULATION OUT THERE IN THE WAY. LOOKING AROUND AND GOOSENECK IN WHERE THE DAMAGE IS PRISMATIC EXACTLY KENNETT — SO YOU KNOW, IF YOU WERE HERE DURING HURRICANE MATTHEW YOU KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO STAY SAFE DURING THESE TIMES BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE. HOW IT WILL TURN OUT. WHILE YOU MIGHT HAVE HAD THESE GREAT PLANS FOR SATURDAY AND TODAY AND IT MAY SEEM LIKE AN INCONVENIENCE. WHEN YOU BALANCE EVERYTHING OUT IT’S GOING TO BE BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN TO FEEL INCONVENIENCE. THE SACRIFICE OF THOSE PLANS TODAY MAKE SURE YOU ARE SAFE. OUR STATE KNOWS ALL TOO WELL WHAT THE WEATHER CAN DO.>> IN 2015, THE FIRST THING WE WERE TALKING ABOUT AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER WAS A POSSIBILITY OF THE HURRICANE, OF THE ATLANTIC.

THAT DIDN’T COME TO FRUITION. AS WE STARTED REALIZING I SEPTEMBER 30, THERE WAS AN OMINOUS PICTURE THAT WAS BEING PAINTED. THAT WAS THREE DAYS BEFORE WE STARTED THE STORY OF HISTORIC FLOODS. THIS RAINFALL IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE LIKE IT WAS IN 2015. BUT THE IMPACTS AND THE IMPLICATIONS WE ARE EXPECTING COULD BE CLOSE TO THAT. KEEP IN MIND, WHEN IT CAME TO THAT RAIN, SUMTER HAD 25 INCHES OF RAIN IN LESS THE DAY.

KING STREET HAD 28 INCHES OF RAIN IN 20 HOURS. COLUMBIA HAD 18. THAT WAS IN LESS THAN ONE DAY. A LOT OF PEOPLE AND LOOK I WILL BE THE FIRST ONE TO TELL YOU, IT’S VERY FRIGHTFUL WHEN YOU HEAR AMOUNTS OF THREE OR FIVE INCHES. WE MAY BE EXPECTING A LOT OF RAIN THIS WEEKEND BUT KEEP IN MIND, EVEN IF YOU HEAR THAT WE ARE EXPECTING FIVE INCHES OF RAIN IN YOUR COMMUNITY, OR SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN, THAT’S GOING TO BE STRETCHED OUT OVER TWO DAYS. WILL THERE BE FLOODING, VERY LIKELY. THE MAGNITUDE AND THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT WE ARE EXPECTING FROM TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE TODAY AND TOMORROW WILL NOWHERE BE NEAR WHAT WE DEALT WITH IN OCTOBER 2015 BECAUSE WE ARE NOT EXPECTING THAT AMOUNT OF RAINFALL AND ESPECIALLY IN A ONE-DAY. >> I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL HAVE ALMOST PTSD FROM THOSE FLOODS AND HEARING ABOUT THE RAINFALL THAT THE FRIENDS IN NORTH CAROLINA ARE GETTING, PEOPLE IN THE MIDLANDS ARE CONCERNED AND RIGHTLY SO.

>> WE ARE JUST BEGINNING THE TEAM COVERAGE FOR THE EXTENDED COVERAGE AS WE FOLLOW FLORENCE. WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO SHOW YOU LIVE IMAGES. THIS IS IN MYRTLE BEACH RIGHT NOW AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE PRAYERS –. STAY WITH US. A MARINE. WE CONTINUE TO TRACK TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE. ONE THING WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS SAFE. FACEBOOK HAS A GREAT TOOL TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE SAFE.

THEY ACTIVATE THE SAFETY CHECK FOR THOSE THAT ARE IN THE PATH OF A STORM IN RIGHT NOW THEY’VE ACTIVATED IS SAFETY CHECK IN THE PATH OF HURRICANE FLORENCE WHICH IS BRINGING CATASTROPHIC FLOODING TO THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST AS WELL AS THE OTHER COAST. YOU CAN CLICK THE CRISIS RESPONSE AND THAT’S GOING TO BE ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE NAVIGATION. THE SAFETY CHECK FOR THIS SPECIFIC THING IS HURRICANE FLORENCE ACROSS THE EASTERN UNITED STATES. YOU SEE THIS ON THE SCREEN AND THAT WAY YOU CAN LET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW, WE HAVE PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WHO ARE CALLING TO MAKE SURE WE ARE SAFE BECAUSE THEY SEE THIS MASSIVE STORM AND THEY’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FAMILY. >> YESTERDAY MY SISTER HOPPED ON FACEBOOK, WE HAVE A LOT OF FAMILY IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA.

SHE HOPPED ON FACEBOOK AND INTACT ALL OF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND SAID IF YOU’RE IN NORTH CAROLINA, RESPOND TO THIS AND LET US KNOW YOU ARE OKAY. THIS IS SO GREAT BECAUSE IT ALLOWS PEOPLE IN THE AREA FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO BE ABLE TO GET A LITTLE COMFORT AND EASE FINDING OUT THAT THEIR FAMILY IS OKAY. LET YOUR FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE IN NORTH CAROLINA. GIVE EVERYBODY AT HOME PIECE OF MIND. >> THIS STORM IS SO BIG AND WE DON’T KNOW WHAT KIND OF RAMIFICATIONS WE WILL HAVE SO LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU ARE OKAY. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS. FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS I’VE BEEN CHECKING ON PEOPLE THAT STAYED BECAUSE THEY HAVE BUSINESSES, ELDERLY RELATIVES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. THIS IS ANOTHER WAY SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO BOG DOWN THE PHONE LINE BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THAT CAN BE AND PREVENT FIRST RESPONDERS FROM GETTING IN. >> WE RAN A PIECE YESTERDAY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT IF YOU’RE IN A SITUATION WHERE YOUR POWER GOES OUT SHOULD I TEXT OR GIVE A PHONE CALL AND THEY WERE SAYING THE BEST THING TO DO IS SEND A TEXT BECAUSE IF YOU SEND THE TEXT AND IT DOESN’T MAKE IT, IT’S GOING TO KEEP TRYING.

IF YOU CALL EITHER CONNECT OR YOU DON’T. SO IF YOU LOSE POWER AND YOU NEED TO GET IN CONTACT WITH SOMEBODY VERY QUICKLY, ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO IS TEXT IN CASE THE PHONE LINES ARE TIED UP.>> LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE OKAY. WE WENT TO CHECK ON POWER OUTAGES RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT’S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES WITH THE STORM IN THE AREA BECAUSE OF THE WIND AND THE RAIN. THEY WILL KNOCK THE RANCH IS OVER. THIS IS DUKE ENERGY’S OUTAGE MAP . YOU CAN SEE CAMDEN AREA DEALING WITH ABOUT 345 POWER OUTAGES. LET’S MOVE UP FURTHER.

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, LOOK AT THAT THEY ARE DEALING WITH MORE THAN 5000 POWER OUTAGES. >> THEY ARE DEALING WITH A LOT. ALSO IF WE GET A CHANCE I WOULD LOVE FOR US TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE MORE OF THE AREAS IN THE MIDLANDS. WE WILL GO AHEAD OVER TO SCE&G WEBSITE, THEY HAVE A LOT OF THE POWER OUTAGES LISTED AS WELL.

YOU CAN LOOK AT IT THROUGH A COUNTY MAP OR THROUGH THE LISTED. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDLANDS AREA. WE HAVE 478 IN RICHLAND COUNTY. WHILE THAT MIGHT NOT SEEM LIKE A LOT THAT’S CLOSE TO 500 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER. WE HAVE 703 IN CHARLESTON. THEN LET’S LOOK AT 338 RIGHT THERE, THAT’S IN LEXINGTON COUNTY. THESE POWER OUTAGES ARE JUST ADDING UP, 499 IN NEWBERRY, THE POWER OUTAGES ARE ADDING UP. THE WIND AND THE RAIN, A TREE CAN CALL ON A POWER LINE AND THAT CAN CREATE AN OUTAGE IN ITSELF. >> IT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE TO BE A TREE, IT COULD BE A TREE LIMB THAT FALLS DOWN. WE FOUND VIDEO AND THAT CAUSED A LARGE EXPLOSION AND THAT’S WHAT BROUGHT IT DOWN. WHEN I WAS GETTING READY YET 12 AM, THE LIGHTS FLICKERED BECAUSE THE WIND WAS SO STRONG. IS YOUR WAKING UP TODAY IF YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE OUT OF POWER, STAY CALM AND BE PATIENT BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO TAKE THEIR CREWS SEVERAL DAYS. FIRST, THEY WILL HAVE TO CLEAR THE ROADS AND THAT WAY THEY CAN MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFELY GETTING TO THE POWER LINES FOR THE BRING THEM AGAIN.

>> I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON FACEBOOK LIVE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT WE WILL STAY HERE SO YOU CAN STAY INFORMED BUT SPEAKING OF THE CREWS THERE IS A GREAT COMMENT WE GOT HIM AND SHE SAID THANKS TO ALL THE FIRST RESPONDERS, NURSES, DOCTORS, MEDIA, WEATHER MEN ETC. PRAYERS FOR EVERYONE. YES I CANNOT RETWEET, REPOST THAT, YOU ARE SO RIGHT. WE ARE SENDING PRAYERS AND SO THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL FOR THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE STATE WERE MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE IS SAFE AND YOU ARE LOOKING AND WORKING LONG HOURS WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. AGAIN, GREAT COMMENT THERE. MAKE TEAM SOUTH CAROLINA’S DRUNKARD WE ARE THANKFUL FOR ALL THE OTHER AGENCIES WHO HAVE COME DOWN TO HELP US. THE STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS HAVE DONE A LOT. LET’S TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT THEY SAID YESTERDAY AS WE PREPARED FOR A TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE WITH>> IS IMPORTANT THAT THE CITIZENS KNOW IN THIS TIME OF GREAT NEED THAT WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER. WE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER IN OUR COLLECTIVE INTEREST AND WE COMMUNICATE IT’S AMAZING WHAT WE CAN GET DONE.

I BELIEVE THAT THE RESPONSE TO THE HURRICANE WALKING WE WERE COVERED WELL. WE LEARN FROM THESE EXPERIENCES HOW TO PREPARE EVEN BETTER AND CONSTANT COMMUNICATION HELPS US PREPARE FOR WHAT IS COMING. WE PRAY AND PREPARE. SO THANK YOU THE CITY MANAGER I WILL PASS AFTER THE POLICE CHIEF. >> IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO BE PART OF THIS TEAM AND TO WORK WITH THE TRUSTED PARTNERS TO KEEP OUR CITIZENS SAFE. WE ARE AT A HIGH STATE OF READINESS, AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY. AND WE’VE HAD ALL OF OUR PRE- STURM REQUIREMENTS MET. THE ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION, EVERYBODY STARTS ON 12 HOUR SHIFTS TONIGHT. WE WILL WORK CLOSER WITH THE DEPARTMENT ON RESPONSE TEAMS LIKE WE DID IN 2015. AGAIN WE WANT TO EMPHASIZE AS THE STORM STARTS TO UNFOLD LOCALLY, WE ASK THAT EVERYONE STAFF THE ROADWAY. KEEP THE ROADS OPEN SO WE CAN RESPOND TO ASSIST WHEN NECESSARY.

IF YOU SEE WATER DON’T DRIVE THROUGH WATER. THAT IS A HUGE RISK AND WE HAVE BARRICADES PRE-STAGED AND THERE ARE ALWAYS AREAS THAT MAY POP UP THAT WE MAY NOT HAVE SOMETHING PRE-STAGED. THEY HAVE THE ROADWAYS AND AVOID HIGH WATER. THANK YOU. >> OUR JOINT SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARE POSITIONED AND READY TO GO SO WE ARE SITTING BACK AND WAITING. IF ANY OF OUR CITIZENS HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND GO TO A SHELTER, BE ASSURED THAT GO YOU — YOU GO TO A SAFE ENVIRONMENT.

WE WILL HAVE LAW-ENFORCEMENT PEOPLE THERE PROTECTING THOSE IN SHELTERS. I DON’T WANT ANYBODY TO BE AFRAID TO GO TO A SHELTER. IT’S A VERY SAFE ENVIRONMENT. WE HAD SOLDIERS ON DUTY THERE. EVERYBODY IS SITTING THERE WAITING AND RIDING THE STORM. IT’S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE READY, LAW ENFORCEMENT IS READY FOR THE MILITARY IS HERE AND READY. WE WILL PROTECT YOU AND WE WILL PROTECT YOU, AND YOUR HOME AND YOUR PROPERTY ALSO. THIS IS A JOINT EFFORT HOWEVER BIG TEAM AND WE ARE READY TO RESPOND. >> AGAIN, WE WORKED TOGETHER, THIS IS NOT ASSOCIATE — NOT THE SITUATION THAT WE DON’T WANT TO WORK APART.

JUST WATCH OUT FOR THOSE DOWNED POWER LINES AND IF YOU HAVE YOUR LIGHTS GO OUT, I HEAR PEOPLE SAY USE CANDLES BUT WE WANT TO SHY AWAY FROM CANDLES. WE ARE READY TO RESPOND. WE WILL BE PUTTING OUR TREE FOLKS ON DUTY TONIGHT AT 7 PM SO WE HAVE ANY DOWNED TREES WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE RESPONSE CAN GET THROUGH THOSE ROADS IF WE HAVE DOWNED TREES. TOMORROW WE WILL BE PUTTING ON THE SWIFT WATER RESCUE.

TO MAKE SURE THAT IF WE DO HAVE THE HEAVY RAINS AND FLOODS THAT WE CAN GET TO FOLKS. SO IF ANYTHING OCCURS. IF YOU DIAL 911, WE CAN COME OUT AND ASSIST YOU. WE WANT TO MENTION THAT EVERYBODY IS SAFE. WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND SHERIFF DEPARTMENT TO AFFECT THE RECIPES. BE VIGILANT AND WATCHABLE. >> THIS HURRICANE FLORENCE IS DIFFERENT FROM THOSE WE’VE HAD BEFORE. THIS HURRICANE IS GOING TO BE WITH US FOR ABOUT TWO DAYS. IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN HURRICANE HUGO CAME ALONG IN 1989, THAT WAS A HUGE HURRICANE AND IT CAME THROUGH JUST NORTH OF CHARLESTON AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT AND IT WAS IN COLUMBIA AT 2 AM AND THEN IT WAS IN CHARLOTTE ABOUT 5 AM AND PEOPLE WERE WAKING UP TO SEE THE TREES NOT DOWN. SO IT WAS LIKE A ROCKET THROUGH THE STATE COMPARED TO FLORENCE. FLORENCE IS HERE TO STAY FOR A WHILE. AND AS JOHN POINTED OUT, THAT MEANS ALL OF THIS RAIN THAT YOU SEE HERE WHICH IS ABOUT 300 MILES ACROSS, WHICH AS HE POINTED OUT IS AS BIG AS OUR STATE, IS GOING TO BE WITH US NOT ONLY ON US BUT FALLING ON NORTH CAROLINA RIGHT NOW.

A LOT OF THAT RAIN IN NORTH CAROLINA COMES INTO THE RIVERS, FLOWS ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA PARTICULARLY IN THE PEE DEE. THE PEE DEE WILL SEE A LOT OF FLOODING. WE WILL HAVE FLOODING ALL OVER THE STATE BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE. THIS MUCH RAIN, HURRICANE STAYING ON TOP OF US FOR THIS LONG SO THAT MEANS WE WILL HAVE TO HAVE PATIENCE, WE WILL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL FOR A LONG TIME. AND THEN WE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH A LOT OF WATER AFTER THE WIND LEAVES AND THAT BRINGS A WHOLE NEW SET OF CONSEQUENCES UP IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH RAIN AND HIGH WIND AND THE SEARCH THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING NOW.

WE WILL HAVE, AS I SAID, THE FLOODING AND VERY FAMILIAR IN THE MILLIONS — IN THE MIDLANDS WITH THE FLOOD OF 2015. EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED THERE. THAT RAIN AND THAT FLOODING, IT WAS DANGEROUS AND WE HAVE TO HAVE PATIENCE AND THAT ALSO MEANS THAT THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN WE WILL HAVE TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LOOTERS AND THOSE WHO WOULD TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION AND I ASSURE YOU THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SOUTH CAROLINA WILL SHOW NO MERCY AND SPARE NO QUARTER FOR THOSE SEEKING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE ELECTRICITY IN LARGE PARTS OF THE STATE FOR MAYBE DAYS AND MAYBE EVEN WEEKS. BECAUSE THE PEOPLE CANNOT GET IN TO FIX THOSE THINGS UNTIL THE RAIN IS GONE AND THE WATER IS GONE AND OF COURSE WE KNOW THE WATER WILL BE COMING A DAY OR SO AFTER THE WIND IS GONE. SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY TRYING., THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVEN’T HAD BEFORE BUT I’M SURE IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE EQUAL TWO.

WE ARE LIABLE TO HAVE RIDGES THAT ARE IMPASSABLE, ROADS WASHED OUT. MAYBE EVEN LANDSLIDES IN THE MOUNTAINS. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND THE BARRICADES. THESE ARE THE SAME URGINGS WE’VE BEEN DOING THROUGHOUT. BE CAREFUL, BE SMART. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CALL THE AUTHORITIES. GO TO THE NUMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN. CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE CALL 911. A LOT OF THOSE NUMBERS WILL BE OPERATING. DON’T TAKE THINGS INTO YOUR OWN HAND AND TAKE A CHANCE. THE LAST THING WE WANT TO DO IS LOSE LIVES IN SOUTH CAROLINA BECAUSE OF INPATIENTS AND BECAUSE OF NOT BEING SMART. WE’VE BEEN IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION AS YOU HAVE NOTICED OVER THE DAYS WITH THESE CONFERENCES AND TALKING TO PEOPLE AROUND THE DATE.

WE ARE NOT FORGETTING ANY PART OF THE STATE. I WANT TO POINT OUT IN MARION COUNTY. THEY GOT HIT LAST TIME. THEY ARE LIABLE TO GET HIT AGAIN AND I’VE BEEN SPEAKING JUST LAST NIGHT TO THE MAYOR, THE CHAIRMAN OF COUNTY COUNSEL, THE CURRENT AND FORMER HOUSE MEMBERS AND SENATOR AND I’VE ASSURED THEM AND THEY ALREADY KNEW BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION AS WELL THAT WE ARE PRAYING FOR THEM AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM AND WE WANT TO KEEP THE DAMAGE TO THE MINIMUM AND KEEP LOSS OF LIFE AND PROPERTY TO AN ABSOLUTE MINIMUM AND THE WHOLE TEAM SOUTH CAROLINA IS BACKING THEM UP BUT EVERY OTHER PART OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WE’VE BEEN ON THE PHONE WITH THEM AND TALKING FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE MAYORS ALONG THE COAST AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS AND IT IS HEARTWARMING TO SEE THE COMMUNITY, THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WORKING TOGETHER IN THE FACE OF THIS VERY SERIOUS SITUATION WHICH WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE.

>> YOU JUST HEARD FROM GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER TELLING EVERYBODY TO BE PREPARED AS FLORENCE MAKES ITS WAY TO THE MIDLANDS. NOW SOMETHING WE REALLY WANT TO STRESS, YOU’VE BEEN STRESSING THIS, WE’VE BEEN STRESSING EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN HERE AND WIND, THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. WE ARE EXPECTING IT TO GET WORSE SO WE WENT TO SHOW YOU IMAGES FROM YESTERDAY THAT GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE WERE SEEING YESTERDAY. WE CAN SEE A STARTING POINT OF WHAT THE STORM CAN DO. WE WILL BRING UP THIS MAP. CHECK OUT THE WIND PICKING UP A BIT. THIS IS ALSO ANOTHER IMAGE SOMEBODY SAID SHE FINALLY IS PREPARING. SHE HAS A LIFE VEST THEY ARE READY TO GO. WE HAVE FOLKS OUT HERE WHO ARE ABLE TO FLY A KITE.

IT SHOWS YOU THE WIND IS STRONG ENOUGH. THIS WAS JUST YESTERDAY BEFORE FLORENCE WAS HERE. SO AGAIN, FOLKS ARE TAKING TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO JUST SHOW US THE IMAGES AND SHOW US WHAT IT IS LOOKING LIKE IN THEIR AREA. THESE FOLKS ARE READY FOR FLORENCE. >> SOME PEOPLE ARE HAVING FUN BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN OUT OF SCHOOL, OR INSIDE THEIR HOMES FOR DAYS ON END. I’VE BEEN WATCHING ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID WE’VE ALREADY RUN OUT OF OUR HURRICANE SNACKS.

WE’VE BEEN SNACKING. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INDULGING IN ADULT BEVERAGES. SO YOU CAN HAVE SOME FUN WITH THAT BUT PLEASE STAY INSIDE AND KNOW THE STORM IS MOVING IN THE AREA. BE SAFE BECAUSE NOW IS THE TIME TO REALLY HUNKER DOWN. >> A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE DOING THIS VERY WHIMSICALLY AND JOKINGLY BUT THE BIGGEST THING THAT I’VE BEEN SEEING FROM A LOT OF THE PICTURES ON TWITTER IS THAT THEY MAY BE JOKING AROUND BUT THAT GUY HAD A LIFE VEST. HE WAS PLAYING AROUND BUT HE KNOWS THAT THIS IS A SAFETY MEASURE. SOMEBODY WAS OUT THERE, TAKING PICTURES OF A RESTAURANT AND ALL THAT FOOD. HERE’S WHAT I’M GOING TO BE EATING FOR THE NEXT 36 TO 48 HOURS. BUT THE REALITY IS HE’S GOT FOOD. A LOT OF THESE JOKINGLY PICTURED PEOPLE, IT’S SHOWING THE THINGS THAT NO DOUBT MANY OF US ARE GOING TO NEED. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY. THEY’RE ABSOLUTELY FREAKING OUT BUT THE REALITY IS A LOT OF US, ARE WORRIED. GENUINELY WORRIED. ESPECIALLY IF WE’VE LIVED HERE AS EARLY AS WHEN HURRICANE MATTHEW CAME THROUGH. AS EARLY AS 2015 HISTORIC FLOOD.

AS EARLY AS HURRICANE FLOYD IN 1999. THERE’S A LOT OF US WHO HAVE BEEN LIVING HERE IN THE MIDLANDS FOR 20 OR 30 OR 40 YEARS WHO KNOW WHAT REALLY BAD WEATHER IS LIKE. AND THERE ALSO AS MUCH OR MORE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE WEATHER WILL BE. GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER HAS INDICATED THE FLOODING THAT WE ARE EXPECTING COULD IT BE LIKE 2015? YOU REMEMBER HOW BAD THAT FLOOD WAS. WE WILL BE EXPECTING QUITE A BIT OF RAIN. LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT WE ARE EXPECTING BECAUSE THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM ALL OF THE MIDLANDS COMMUNITIES. IT’S MOST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WE ARE EXPECTING AS FAR AS THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS, AND THE GOOD THING IS THAT THIS MAP THAT WE CREATED YESTERDAY MORNING, FORTUNATELY HAS NOT CHANGED. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HIGHER AMOUNTS.

AREAS MARION, DYLAN AND MARLBOROUGH, HORRY COUNTY DEREK EXPECTING THAT LEE’S 15 INCHES IF NOT MORE RAINFALL. YOU GET INTO THE AREAS OF NORTHEAST AND PORTIONS OF KERSHAW, LEE, PERHAPS 10 TO 12 INCHES LOCALIZED AND MAYBE 13. WHEN YOU GO ALONG INTERSTATE 26 AND POINTS TO THE EAST, BACK ABOUT THE CITY OF WINNSBORO, BICKFORD, NORTHEAST RICHLAND COUNTY. AREAS FROM LOWER RICHLAND COUNTY. SOUTHWEST PORTIONS OF SUMTER AND THEN CENTRAL WESTERN PORTIONS OF CLARENDON COUNTY. WE COULD SEE POSSIBLY SEVEN, MAYBE EIGHT INCHES OF RAINFALL BUT FOR THE REST OF THE MIDLANDS MAYBE THREE LOCALIZED UP TO FIVE INCHES. IT’S A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT BUT THIS IS A SEVEN DAY TOTAL. THE RAIN IS STARTING NOW, SO THIS IS MORE OF A SIX DAY TOTAL. THE BULK OF THE RAIN IS GOING TO COME BETWEEN NOW AND CONTINUING THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN AREA OF 48 TO 56 HOURS AND WE WILL HAVE THE BULK OF THE RAINFALL THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN.

WE ARE EXPECTING WITH THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH WE WILL HAVE SOME FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS. SOME MINOR FLOODING BUT THAT’S THE RAINFALL THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN FOR US. THIS IS THE IN-HOUSE MODEL OF WHEN WE EXPECT THE RAIN TO COME THROUGH. WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE RAINFALL THROUGHOUT THE MORNING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE MOVING THROUGH MOST OF THE MIDLANDS AS THE POSITION BY LATER THIS MORNING WILL BE SOMEWHERE IN THE FAR NORTHERN PORTIONS OF BERKELEY COUNTY. LATER THIS AFTERNOON, THE HEART OF FLORENCE WILL BE SOMEWHERE OVER THE CENTRAL MIDLANDS. STILL HEAVY RAINFALL CONTINUES EVEN THOUGH THIS IMAGE SHOWS MOST OF THE RAINFALL IS IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE MIDLANDS. WE WILL HAVE RAIN THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. IT WILL CONTINUE TO ROLL THROUGH AND BY SATURDAY NIGHT, THE POSITION WILL BE SOMEWHERE AROUND THE NEWBERRY LAWRENCE AREA SOME POTENTIAL OF HEAVY RAINFALL BUT IN PARTICULAR WE EXPECT MOST OF THE RAINFALL AND THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL IN THE NORTHEAST AND EASTERN MIDLANDS.

EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN WILL TAPER OFF BY SUNDAY MORNING AND MOST OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MIDLANDS WE WILL STILL HAVE HEAVY RAINFALL ON THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE COMMUNITIES SUNDAY MORNING GOING TO SUNDAY MIDDAY AND THROUGH THE AFTERNOON. THAT RAINFALL AS IT PUSHES THROUGH THE TENNESSEE RIVER VALLEY WE WILL HAVE RAIN AND IT WILL BE LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN AND THAT WILL BE THE THEME INTO SUNDAY AFTERNOON, SUNDAY EVENING AND INTO MONDAY. MONDAY, AS IT PUSHES INTO THE HIGH RIVER VALLEY, WE WILL HAVE A COLD FRONT PUSHING THROUGH. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT. MOST OF THE CONCENTRATION OF THE SEVERE’S STORMS WILL BE OUT IN THE PEE DEE AND THE GRAND STRAND. ALTHOUGH WE ARE NOT SHOWING AN INDICATION OF ANY SEVERE WEATHER THREAT IN THE MIDLANDS. IF THERE ARE TWO NATO THREATS, NO. IS THERE A POSSIBLE TORNADO COMING THROUGH? AT THE NON-ZERO CHANCE THAT IT WILL BE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A FEW ISOLATED INCIDENTS THAT MIGHT OCCUR.

BUT THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS NOT INDICATED WE SHOULD SEE INCLEMENT WEATHER. AND TO SUNDAY THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE A FACTOR LET ALONE MONDAY. KEEP IN MIND IT IS STARTING TO RAIN AND MOST OF THE MIDLANDS AND THAT CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS FOR THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL IS GOING TO BE IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR NOW. I DID WANT TO MENTION ONE THING. NOTICE THE HEAVY RAINFALL IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE CONCERN RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE RAINFALL IS GOING TO BE IN NORTH CAROLINA. HERE’S ONE THING THAT WE WILL WATCHING VERY CLOSELY OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT WEEK. WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPECTING THE HEAVY RAINFALL BUT IF YOU RECALL, HURRICANE MATTHEW NGUYEN MATTHEW CAME THROUGH, VERY HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURRED IN ORANGEBURG AND CLARENDON COUNTY. IT MADE A BRIEF LANDFALL IN GEORGETOWN BUT IT MADE LANDFALL IN CAPE FEAR AND AS THE HURRICANE MATTHEW CONTINUES THAT THE HEAVY RAINFALL THAT CAME THROUGH OF ABOUT FIVE OR SEVEN DAYS LATER THAT’S WHEN ALL THE RAINFALL CAME DOWN THROUGH THE RIVER OF SOUTH CAROLINA AND WE HAVE THE FLOODING.

IF YOU REMEMBER THERE WAS EXTENSIVE FLOODING. WE WILL BE DEALING WITH ALL OF THAT RAINFALL IN NORTH CAROLINA AS IT STARTS TO END. AND IT WILL BE IN THE PEE DEE , IT’S COMING DOWN INTO THE PEE DEE RIVERS. THAT WATER WILL COME DOWN INTO THE PEE DEE REGION INTO THE NORTHEASTERN MIDLAND BY MIDWEEK NEXT WEEK. WHAT WE WILL BE WATCHING AS WE GET INTO MID TO LATE WEEK NEXT WEEK IS ALL THE RAIN IS MOVING THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA EVEN THOUGH WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPECTING A FAIR SHARE OF RAINFALL, THAT IS 24 INCHES OF RAINFALL FAYETTEVILLE TO MOREHEAD CITY, BUT IN PARTICULAR THE NORTH CAROLINA PEE DEE BY NEXT WEEK , THAT RAINFALL IN THE RIVER BASINS WILL START MAKING ITS WAY DOWN INTO CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

I DO ANTICIPATE THAT WE WILL HAVE SOME KIND OF RIVER FLOODING BY WEDNESDAY GOING INTO THE WEEK END, SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS. IS IT GOING TO BE LIKE THE HISTORIC FLOODING OF 2015? WILL IT BE LIKE HURRICANE MATTHEW? NOT FOR MOST OF THE MIDLANDS. KEEP IN MIND THAT PARTS OF THE PEE DEE BASIN ARE GOING TO SEE RIVER FLOODING BY NEXT WEEK. THAT’S ONE THING WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO REMEMBER AND PORTIONS OF NEWBERRY, FAIRFIELD, KERSHAW AND LEE COUNTIES. THE RAINFALL WE ARE GETTING NOW THROUGH THE WEEKEND MINOR FLOODING BUT CERTAINLY NOTHING OF WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. >>> INTERESTING TO SEE THAT THIS WILL IMPACT US FOR DAYS TO COME. STOMACH GENERAL LIVINGSTON SAID STRONGLY THAT EVEN AFTER THE RAIN ENDS, EVEN AFTER THE ROADWAYS CLEAR, THERE IS GOING TO BE SO MUCH WATER AND DEBRIS THAT EVEN THOUGH THE RAIN HAS ENDED AND THE WIND HAS DIED DOWN, GENERAL LIVINGSTON AND THE ENTIRE CREW, HE HAS ALL OF 8000 MEMBERS OF FIRST RESPONDERS READY TO GO OUT.

THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEBRIS ON THE ROADWAY. A LOT OF EXTENSIVE DAMAGE FROM TREES AND POWER LINES AND IT WILL TAKE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME FOR THOSE ROADWAYS TO BE CLEARED. IF YOU THINK YOU WILL VENTURE OUT TODAY, TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND, VERY LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BECAUSE A LOT OF THE ROADWAYS ARE GOING TO BE BLOCKS IN ONE FASHION OR THE OTHER. IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND BECAUSE THE DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION SAID, FOR THE MIDLANDS IT’S GOING TO BE A WHILE UNTIL A LOT OF NORMALCY TO OUR LIVES WILL BE RETURNED AND THAT WON’T START UNTIL SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

I DO WANT TO ASK YOU A QUESTION. I WANT TO SHOW YOU VIDEO BECAUSE YOU DID MAKE A GREAT POINT. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE VIDEO WE ARE GETTING INTO THE INFORMATION CENTER. THIS IS COMING FROM SCREAMING EAGLE ROAD. IT’S VIDEO OF A TREE THAT IS FALLING ON A ROOF. MEG LOOK AT THAT IT HIT A POWER LINE. MICK IT IGNITED THE BLAZE AND THAT THAT WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. >> KEEP IN MIND THAT A TREE JUST FELL ON A POWER LINE AND CAUSE A FIRE. THAT’S JUST ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. WHO KNOWS HAVE ANY OF THOSE TREES MAY FALL DOWN INTO THE ROADWAY. AND I SPOKE TO THE PERSON YESTERDAY WAS THAT ME A MESSAGE. I’M WORKING 8 AM TO 5 PM SATURDAY, SHOULD I GO TO WORK? HERE’S A PERFECT EXAMPLE THAT THE ROAD MAY BE CLEARED WHEN YOU HAD TO WORK BUT WHEN YOU’RE HEADING BACK, EVEN THOUGH IT IS STILL DAYLIGHT YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH THAT? SMACK THIS FORCES TO THE POINT THAT WE HAVE TO BE SAFE BECAUSE WE HAVEN’T EVEN REALLY SEEN THE IMPACT OF FLORENCE IN THE MIDLANDS REALLY YET.>> WE WILL SEE THAT SATURDAY MORNING NOW THROUGH THE ENTIRE DAY AND INTO THE EVENING.

BUT THAT IS VERY IMPACTFUL THING TO THINK THAT YOU WERE DRIVING ON THE ROADWAYS AND ALL THE SIDING YOU SAW THAT PARK UP AND THAT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE A TREE TOUCHED IF NOT FELL ON TOP OF A POWERLINE AND THEN NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE A TREE IN THE ROADWAY BUT NOW YOU HAVE A FIRE.>> THANK YOU FOR SENDING US THE VIDEO. WE HAVE VIDEO FROM WEST COLUMBIA OF A TREE IN THE ROAD AND AGAIN THIS IS WHY WE ARE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAY OFF THE ROADS BECAUSE ESPECIALLY AT NIGHTTIME, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS IN FRONT OF YOU. YOU CAN’T SEE WHAT IS IN FRONT. >> VICKI SENT THIS TO US LAST NIGHT.

THE WIND WAS ABOUT 20 OR 25 MILES PER HOUR SUSTAINED AT MOST. SO YOU ARE LOOKING AT, IN CASEY LAST THAT WE MAY HAVE HAD A WIND GUST OF ABOUT 25 MILES PER HOUR. THE WIND WASN’T THAT PREVALENT. IT DID THAT. AND THAT’S ALL IT TOOK FOR THE TREE TO COME DOWN. YOU’VE GOT CRISCO RIGHT NOW TRYING TO CLEAN THAT UP. THAT WAS LAST NIGHT AND WE ARE EXPECTING THE WORST OF IT TO BE TODAY. AGAIN ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF WHY THE GOVERNOR SAID THERE IS NO REASON TO VENTURE OUT RIGHT NOW. LAST NIGHT YOU REALLY DON’T NEED TO GO OUT. HE SAID HUNKER DOWN BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE A VERY LONG, BRUTAL PROCESS.

REMEMBER FLORENCE IS MOVING AT FIVE MILES PER HOUR. I COULD WALK FIVE MILES PER HOUR. THE TO MENTION HOW LONG IT’S GOING TO TAKE LESS JUST FOR ARGUMENTS SAKE THAT FROM HORRY COUNTY TO COLUMBIA, IS ABOUT 125 MILES MOVING FIVE MILES PER HOUR. IS NOT PREDICTED TO GET HERE UNTIL 8 PM THIS EVENING. WE KNOW THAT FROM US BEGIN YESTERDAY LIVE ON THE AIR WE KNOW THAT ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WAS IN NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA. WE SAW EXTREME FLOODING AND DEVASTATION AS FLORENCE CAME ON SHORE. I THINK WE HAVE VIDEO BECAUSE THE LOUISIANA CAJUN NAVY, WE HAVE VIDEO OF THEM CONTINUING TO RESCUE PEOPLE WILL IN NEW BERN BECAUSE OF WHAT WAS ONCE A STREET LOOKS LIKE A RIVER RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN.>> IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, THE ONLY REAL WAY TO GET TO THE OUTER BANKS WAS FLOODED OVER.

IT CAME OVER TO THE BARRIER ISLANDS. THIS WAS ON THE ONSET OF ALMOST MAKING LANDFALL OR AFTER LANDFALL AFTER AM. THE CAJUN NAVY IS OUT THERE AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THEY WERE EXPERIENCING BETWEEN 9-13 FEET STORM SWELLS. THAT IS A LOT OF WATER POURED IN. WAS IT GOVERNOR SCOTT WHO SAID DO NOT GO OUT AND IF YOU LIVE IN THESE AREAS, EVACUATE NOW. HE WAS SAYING THAT WEDNESDAY BECAUSE HE KNEW WITH THE FORECASTED RAIN, HE KNEW THIS WAS A DEADLY SITUATION. AND THANK YOU TO THE CAJUN NAVY. YOU GUYS HAVE HEARD OF THE CAJUN NAVY OVER AND OVER AGAIN. HURRICANE KATRINA, HURRICANE HARVEY, HURRICANE MARIA, HURRICANE IRMA. KEEP IN MIND THERE OUT IN LOUISIANA AND THEY’RE COMING OUT HERE FIVE STATES AWAY TO HELP THE CAROLINIANS.

THEY WILL BE DEALING WITH THIS DEVASTATION IN SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA FOR DAYS TO COME. ALL OF THAT WATER, THAT PUSHED ALL OF THE WAY INLAND PAST THE BARRIER ISLANDS, INTO MOREHEAD CITY INTO WILMINGTON, INTO WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH. IT’S A TOPSAIL BEACH. ALL OF THAT WATER NEEDS TO GO BACK OUT TO THE OCEAN AND THEN YOU GOT TO DEAL WITH ALL OF THAT AND THAT GOT PUSHED IN. WE WERE SEEING IN MYRTLE BEACH THERE WAS A TON OF SAND THAT WAS PUSHED IN THE. CAN YOU IMAGINE ALL THE STUFF THAT IS GOING TO BE IN LAND ONCE THIS WATER PRECEDES? SMACK I’VE BEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA SEEING ALL THESE IMAGES FROM NEW BERN. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PRAYING FOR THE AREA. WE WANT TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT MYRTLE BEACH. IS THIS LIFE? YOU CAN ALREADY TELL HOW FOGGY THE CAMERA IS, THE CONDITIONS AND WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING LIKE OUT THERE. MICK LOOK AT THE BOARDWALK AND THE OVERSIGHT OF THE FENCE. ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE, THEY HAVE THOSE TABLES. ENTERS AND THE BENCHES.

ALL OF THAT SAND IS RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WALKWAY. KEEP IN MIND, IF YOU’VE BEEN TO MYRTLE BEACH FROM WHERE THE WALKWAY IS TO WHERE THE WATER IS, IT’S ABOUT 100 FEET. ALL THAT SAND GOT PUSHED. CAN YOU IMAGINE DURING THAT EVENT, IN THE AREAS OF WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH HOW MUCH SAND WOULD HAVE BEEN PUSHED THROUGH AND THIS IS MYRTLE BEACH. THIS IS FAR WEST OF WORK MADE LANDFALL. THERE’S GOING TO BE CONSIDERABLE DAMAGES AND IMPLICATIONS OF THE COASTLINE. CERTAINLY OF HORRY COUNTY FROM WILMINGTON ALL THE WAY OUT TO THE OUTER BANKS. ONCE DAYBREAK HITS TODAY, NOW THAT FLORENCE IS MORE IN SOUTH CAROLINA.

THEY WILL SEE HOW BAD THE DEVASTATION IS. I DO EXPECT UNFORTUNATELY THAT THIS WILL BE INSURMOUNTABLE. KEEP IN MIND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING IT’S NOT ONLY A CATEGORY 1. IT IS A HURRICANE, A CATEGORY ONE THE HURRICANE IS AT LEAST 75 MILES AN HOUR. SO IF YOU THINK THE ONLY CATEGORY 1 IS NOT A BIG DEAL, 75 MILES PER HOUR, WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING ON INTERSTATE 77 PAST FAIRFIELD COUNTY THE SPEED LIMIT IS 65, THAT’S HOW BAD THE WIND WAS DOWN THERE IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THAT LASTED FOR ABOUT 10 HOURS WE WANT TO GIVE OUR PRAYERS TO EVERYBODY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TRACK THE STORM. WE ARE ON YOUR SIDE WE ARE IN THIS WITH YOU SO THE COVERAGE IS JUST BEGINNING. WE WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU UPDATES I WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH MORE ON THE STORM. >>> ALL RIGHT SATURDAY MORNING AND WE ARE BACK AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK HURRICANE FLORENCE HERE. WE WILL BE ON THE AIR FOR SEVERAL HOURS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY STAY SAFE. >> WE NT TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE YOU ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED.

ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE ARE DOING THAT WITH HIS POWER OUTAGES. FOLKS ARE ALWAYS LOSING POWER. LET’S GO AHEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE FOLKS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND CHECK OUT THESE OUTAGES UP THERE.>> HERE WE ARE INTO THE LUMBERTON AREA. AS YOU SEE, MORE THAN 21,000 PEOPLE IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA ARE WITHOUT POWER. WE WILL ZOOM IN AND GO A LITTLE BIT, CAN WE GO TO THE COAST RIGHT THERE?>> THIS IS AN AREA WE SEE THE STORM MADE LANDFALL. 113,000 PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT POWER RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE STORM MADE LANDFALL, THE MAJORITY OF THE POWER OUTAGES ARE. WE WILL SEE THOSE SOON. STATEMENT LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE SEEING BECAUSE WE’RE STARTING TO HEAR REPORTS OF FOLKS WHO ARE WITHOUT POWER. IN SUMTER COUNTY WE ARE SEEING THAT 3000 PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED I KNOW THAT WE HIT THAT SCE&G MAP IT GIVES US ANOTHER LOOK AT FAULTS WITHOUT POWER. WE WILL UPDATE THIS BECAUSE WE WANT TO GIVE YOU THE LATEST NUMBERS AND 1330 PEOPLE IN LEXINGTON COUNTY. THAT WENT UP SO MUCH. LITERALLY MAYBE LESS THAN 30 MINUTES AGO WE SAW THAT IT WAS ABOUT 500 PEOPLE.

IN RICHLAND COUNTY THAT IS CONTINUING TO GROW, 718. THEN WE HAVE 499 AS WE GO UP CLOSER HERE. WE SEE THERE IS 59 PEOPLE WHO WERE WITHOUT POWER IN TRENTO. AS THE MINUTES GO BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER IS GROWING.>> WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE AND STAY ON AIR AND KEEP YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SAFE SO IF YOU DO LOSE POWER MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE NEWS 19 MOBILE APP. IT COMES IN HANDY BECAUSE YOU CAN GET REAL-TIME WEATHER UPDATES AND WATCH IT IN REAL TIME.

WE ARE STREAMING ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. THAT WAY IF YOU ARE ONLINE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO WATCH AS WELL. >> A LOT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I’VE BEEN DIRECTING THEM TO THE APP BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT LIFE LOVE ON OUR APPS AND OUR WEBSITE THAT LITERALLY AS WE GET INFORMATION WE ARE PUTTING IT ON THAT BLOG. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING SO FAR, ALL OF THAT INFORMATION IS THERE SO IT’S A REALLY GREAT RESOURCE. I’VE BEEN SENDING LIKE THAT LINK LIKE NOBODY’S BUSINESS. >> OUR CREWS ARE SPREAD OUT ALL ACROSS THE CAROLINAS AND VIRGINIA. WANT TO CHECK IN WITH OUR REPORT. >> Reporter: I’M HERE WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THERE’D DOING TO GEAR UP FOR THE STORM, BEFORE IT MAKES IT INTO THE AREA. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING TO PREPARE AND GET READY?>> WE HAVE ABOUT 800 WORKERS FROM AROUND THE SOUTHEAST WHO ARE PREPARING TO EITHER GET HERE NOW OR COME OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS BETWEEN SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

THEY WILL BE GOING DIRECTLY TO AFFECTED ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES IN THE STATE. WE HAVE 20 CO-OPS. SO PROBABLY IS THE MORE EASTERN CO-OPS. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF CREWS THAT ARE GOING TO HORRY COUNTY BECAUSE THEY WILL SEE THE MOST OUTAGES. >> WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PREPARING FOR THE STORM ARE YOU GUYS USED TO DOING THIS LEVEL OF ACTIVATION FOR MOBILIZATION? >> WE ARE A TRADE ASSOCIATION IN ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO IS ASSIST IN TRAINING AND COORDINATION. CO-OPS IS COOPERATION AND SO WHAT WE DO IN OUR OFFICE GIVES HELP WITH THE COOPERATION BETWEEN THESE COOPERATIVES FROM OTHER STATES. EVEN CO-OPS IN OUR STATE. SOME OF THEM ON THE COAST LIKE PALMETTO ELECTRIC WE DON’T THINK THEY WILL BE SEVERELY AFFECTED SO YOU WILL SEE CREWS FROM THERE THAT WILL COME UP AND HELP IT WON’T JUST BE OUT- OF-STATE CREWS COMING IT WILL BE SOME FROM MY VERY OWN CLUB.>> WHEN CAN YOU EXPECT TO HEAD OUT AND THE WORD DO YOU EXPECT TO GO STRAIGHT TO THE COAST ARE YOU GUYS GOING TO A SPECIFIC RACE? >> OF THE 800 I’VE TALKED ABOUT HAVE THEIR SPECIFIC ORDERS SO WE’VE GOT CREWS FROM MISSISSIPPI AND THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHERE THEY’RE GOING.

WE HAVE SOME FROM ARKANSAS AND THERE AT A COOPERATIVE ALREADY. THEY ARE ALREADY ASSIGNED. HOWEVER, IF BY SUNDAY, IF WE SEE THAT MADE CAROLINA WHICH IS LEXINGTON AND RICHLAND COUNTY, THEY AREN’T AS BAD AS THEY ORIGINALLY THOUGHT AND THE CREWS THAT HAVE BEEN SENT WILL BE PUT TO A CO-OP THAT STILL HAS MORE OUTAGES. WE CAN MONITOR THAT FROM HERE AND WE WILL KNOW WHERE WE NEED TO SEND FOLKS. >> WHERE IS OUR OUTAGE NUMBERS RIGHT NOW AND WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO BE, DO YOU HAVE A NUMBER?>> THE STORM IS JUST NOW STARTING TO AFFECT HORRY COUNTY SO MOST OF THE OUTAGES ARE IN HORRY COUNTY. WE HAVE 16,000 WITHOUT POWER NOW BUT YOU CAN BET THAT NORTH CAROLINA HAS OVER 200,000.

SO WE ARE 16, THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO GO UP. THERE’S JUST NO GETTING AROUND IT. THE FINAL NUMBER I JUST CAN’T SAY. WITH THE STORM BEING A CATEGORY ONE THE THAT IS ROUGH BECAUSE YOU HAVE WENT OVER 75 MILES PER HOUR BUT IT’S NOT LIKE WHEN IT WAS A CATEGORY FOUR WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN CATASTROPHIC. OUTAGE NUMBERS HOPEFULLY WON’T BE AS BAD AS WHAT WE THAT WITH MATTHEW. BUT WE KNOW THEY WILL JUST CONTINUE TO GO UP FROM TODAY THROUGH TOMORROW.

>> FINALLY WHAT CAN YOUR GUYS EXPECT OF THE NEXT WEEK AS FAR AS TIME TO PUT IN? >> THEY WILL PUT IN LONG HOURS BUT IT’S NOT THAT THEY ARE WORKING 24 HOURS A DAY. THEY DO HAVE TIME FOR REST. THERE ARE LAWS IN PLACE FOR THAT SO THEY WILL GET REST. THEY WON’T BE GETTING REST AT THE TAJ MICHELLE THEM WILL BE SITTING AT THE BUNK BEDS AND THEY HAVE FOOD. IT MAY JUST BE A CENTERS WHO KNOWS BUT THEY ARE TRAINED AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND THEY WILL DO THE BEST JOB AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN. >> ONE LAST THING. PEOPLE SHOULD NOT INTERRUPT THEM FROM DOING WORK BUT LIKE YOU SAID, THEY WILL BE WORKING A LOT OF HOURS. IF SOMEONE WANTS TO HELP OUT CAN THEY BRING THEM A PIZZA OR A SANDWICH OR SOMETHING? >> ABSOLUTELY THERE IS USUALLY A CREW LEADER THAT MAY NOT BE INVOLVED IN PUTTING UP LINES AT THAT TIME.

IF THEY WANT TO BRING THAT THAT ABSOLUTELY BE ENCOURAGED. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND IF THEY WANT TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH AIRLINE CREWS , THAT’S STUFF THAT COULD SLOW DOWN THE CREWS AND WE DON’T WANT TO SEE THAT. WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO GIVE THEM A THUMBS UP AND THANK THEM BUT IF YOU WANT TO BRING THEM SOMETHING THEY WOULD CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT. A LITTLE MORALE BOOST. WE SEE AFTER EVERY STAR. FOLKS ARE APPRECIATIVE IF THEY’VE BEEN WITHOUT POWER FOR A WHILE AND YOU BRING IT BACK ON THEIR EXCITED.>> THANK YOU FOR TALKING WITH ME.

>>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US THIS MORNING. UNFORTUNATELY BRANDON WE KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL DEATHS IN NORTH CAROLINA. ONE OF THOSE DEATHS IS BECAUSE SOMEBODY DIED PLUGGING IN THE GENERATOR. NOT EVERYBODY HAS A SAFETY TIP THEY NEED. WE WANT TO SHOW AN IMPORTANT POSTER HERE THAT WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW TO SAY — HOW TO STAY SAFE. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GENERATORS. EVERYBODY HAS A GENERATOR NOWADAYS. THEY FLEW OFF THE SHELVES. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT QUALIFICATIONS FOR HOW YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO USE A GENERATOR. IT HAS GOT TO BE OUTSIDE NUMBER ONE. IT HAS TO BE FACED IN THE EXHAUST AWAY FROM THE DOORS OR WINDOWS. YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE IT IN A WELL VENTILATED FACE.

ALSO WHEN WE HAVE NO OTHER WAY TO COOK OUR FOOD WHEN PEOPLE SAY HEY NO PROBLEM I HAVE A GAS GRILL OUTSIDE. WELL WHEN YOU HAVE A GAS GRILL, IT’S OKAY YOU CAN USE IT BUT YOU CANNOT BE WHEELING THIS INTO YOUR HOME OR ONTO YOUR WOODEN PORCH THAT COULD CATCH FIRE. YOU’VE GOT TO CHECK FOR WOOD AND DRY BRANCHES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. LET’S NOT FORGET, WE KNOW YESTERDAY SOMEBODY DIED PLUGGING IN THE GENERATOR AND WE KNOW DURING HURRICANE IRMA THERE WAS A WOMAN WHO DIED IN FLORIDA FROM CARBON BLACK LEAD POISONING FROM HER GENERATOR. >> WE KNOW A LOT OF YOU WILL VENTURE OUT SIDE AND YOU WILL NOTICE THERE WILL BE DOWNED TREES, DOWNED POWER LINES.

WE ARE ENCOURAGING YOU TO STAY INSIDE. DON’T TOUCH THE LINE IF YOU SEES. WAFER THE PROFESSIONALS AND THAT’S BECAUSE YOU COULD GET ELECTROCUTED. STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED WIRES AND AVOID ENDING IN WIRE THAT COVERS ELECTRICAL OUTLETS. A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO VENTURE OUTSIDE, THEY ARE WAITING IN THE WATER, DON’T DO THAT BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IS INSIDE THE WATER. YOU DON’T KNOW IF THERE IS A DOWN LINE.>> WE HEARD FROM CHIEF AUBREY JENKINS YESTERDAY AND THE FIRST THING HE SAID WAS NUMBER THREE, PLEASE DO NOT USE CANDLES DURING THIS TIME, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FLASHLIGHT WHICH IS WHAT EXTRA BATTERIES WISH BREAK WENTWORTH FLYING OFF THE SHELVES. WITH CANDLES, YOU CAN EASILY FALL ASLEEP AND THE PEOPLE HAVE THEM ON THEIR COUCH OR TABLE AND SOMEBODY CAN KNOCK IT OVER AND PUT YOURSELF AT RISK.

LET’S TRY FOR LANTERNS AND FLASHLIGHTS AND NOT THOSE CANDLES >> WE WANT YOU TO BE AWARE OF GAS EXPLOSIONS. IF YOU SMELL OR HEAR GAS LEAKING DON’T TURN THE LIGHTS ON OR OFF. WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS LEAVE YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY, THEN CALL 911 BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MAY HAPPEN. THESE ARE TIPS TO HELP YOU STAY ALIVE AND BE PREPARED AS THE STORM MOVES INTO THE CENTRAL MINUTES.

TWO LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GAS TANK. THESE CASTINGS OF OURS THAT WE HAVE IN THE BACKYARD, I KNOW I HAVE ONE ON MY GRILL. IS A GOOD CHANCE THOSE WILL BE UNDERWATER, LOOKING A LITTLE BIT IN THE FUTURE. WHEN YOU GO USE THAT GAS TANK AGAIN, YOU MAY NEED TO HAVE AN EXPERT INSPECT IT. THERE COULD BE CRACKS, LEAKS AND I COULD PROVE VERY HAZARDOUS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THAT’S LOOKING FORWARD A LITTLE BIT I KNOW BUT IF YOU DO GET A FLOOD IN YOUR AREA AND YOU HAVE ONE OF THOSE PORTABLE GAS TANKS YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE TO CHECK IT TO MAKE SURE IT’S SECURE. I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, THIS IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR, THIS IS THE FIVE — 5 AM ADVISOR. IT’S 50 MILES PER HOUR WHEN, QUITE A BIT BUT I KNOW THAT’S A LOT FOR TREE BRANCHES TO COME DOWN BUT IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS STALLED OUT THE SYSTEM DOESN’T SEEM TO BE MOVING. IS LIKE CRAWLING AT A SNAILS PACE. >> TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA, THE OFFICIAL POSITION FROM ANASTROZOLE — FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, AND ADVISOR THIS MORNING WAS 25 MILES.

AND THREE HOURS I HAVE MOVED HIM — IT HAS MOVED IN THREE HOURS A WHOPPING 10 MILES. A LOT OF RAINFALL ASSOCIATED AND MOVING OFF SHARPER MOVING TO THE WEST SOUTHWEST AT A SNAILS PACE AT FIVE MILES PER HOUR. IT’S A VERY WELL-DEFINED TROPICAL STORM WITH THE RAIN PUSHING AS FAR NORTH AS NORTHERN VIRGINIA. THE TRACK HAS UPDATED AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE MOVING THROUGH INTO THE APPALACHIANS AND PARTS OF THE NORTHEAST IS GOING TO NEXT WEEK. THE OFFICIAL TRACK AS IT CONTINUES TO PUSH OUT OF ORIE COUNTY — HORRY COUNTY IT PUTS IT IN EASTERN MIDLANDS AND BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, BY SUNDAY MORNING IT WILL BE EITHER A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OR A REMNANT LOW. BY SUNDAY MORNING BY 2 AM, WENT AT 35 MILES PER HOUR. IS PUSHING INTO THE APPALACHIANS AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA WITH SUSTAINED WINDS AT 30 MILES PER HOUR. A VERY IMPRESSIVE AND THERE’S A LOT OF THUNDERSTORM CONVECTION THAT IS BLOSSOMING ON THE EAST SIDE OF FLORENCE.

MOVING THROUGH INTO NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY HAVE HAD RAINFALL NOW FOR ABOUT 26 OR 28 HOURS. THAT EXTENDS ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE RALEIGH DURHAM AREA AND EAST OF CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG AND INTO SOUTH CAROLINA. THE HEART OF FLORENCE IS RIGHT ABOUT HERE WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT NORTH CAROLINA HAS GOTTEN HAS BEEN ASTRONOMICAL. MANY AREAS HAVE RECEIVED 22 TO 24 INCHES OF RAIN. THIS IS ONLY A 24 HOUR AMOUNT. YET INTO AREAS OF INTERSTATE 40 INTO WILMINGTON UP TO 15 INCHES OF RAINFALL. IT HAS BEEN MANY REPORTS IN THE CITY OF WILMINGTON EAST OF UNC WILMINGTON, WHERE THEY’VE GOT ABOUT 14 INCHES OF RAINFALL BUT THERE WERE DEEP POCKETS ALONG THE COASTLINE OF SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY HAVE ANYWHERE FROM 12 TO 15 INCHES OF RAINFALL. AND WHAT ENDED UP HAPPENING AS HURRICANE FLORENCE MADE LANDFALL OVER WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH NORTH CAROLINA, THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL TO THE EAST AND NORTH OF IT JUST WENT RIGHT INTO PORTIONS OF MOREHEAD CITY. BUT THEN ALONG THE CENTERLINE OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL CONCENTRATION WHICH GOT MOVED THROUGH WILMINGTON, EAST AND SOUTH ALONG THE COASTLINE. THAT WAS THE RAINFALL THAT NORTH CAROLINA WAS GETTING. OUR RAINFALL NOW HAS BEEN STEADY. CONTINUOUS OVER THE LAST FIVE HOURS.

WE’VE GOT BANDS OF LIGHT TO MAYBE LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL THAT IS PUSHING THROUGH. OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST 10 HOURS, THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL AND PORTIONS OF EASTERN LEAGUE, SUMTER AND CLARENDON COUNTY HAVE BEEN TO THE TUNE OF .25 INCHES SO FAR. THE RAIN STARTED A FEW HOURS AGO SO AREAS FROM RICHLAND COUNTY INTO MOST OF CALHOUN AND CENTRAL ORANGEBURG HAVE RECEIVED ABOUT .1 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR. THE RAIN HAS COME DOWN BUT IT HAS BEEN HEAVY RAINFALL BECAUSE THE TOTAL RAINFALL RATES HAVE BEEN FROM FROM .5 INCHES TO MAYBE .1 INCHES OF RAIN PER HOUR. IT IS STEADY RAINFALL COMING DOWN. IT IS NOT HEAVY BUT WE DO EXPECT THAT LATER ON TODAY. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF THE MIDLAND COMMUNITIES AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING FROM THE UPSTATE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE LOW COUNTRY OF INTERSTATE 26 AND EVERYTHING TO THE NORTH AND EAST.

THAT FLUSH BLOOD — FLASH FLOOD WARNING WILL STAY IN EFFECT. THIS IS THE THEME WE WILL BE DEALING WITH BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH WE’VE GOT SOME VERY LIGHT RAINFALL NOW, IT IS STEADY RAINFALL COMING THROUGH. ANYWHERE FROM THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN MIDLANDS. ALL THE HEAVY RAINFALL IS CONTINUING TO MOVE TO NORTH CAROLINA TOWARDS THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION. WHERE IS THE CENTER OF FLORENCE NOW. THE EXTENSION GOES ABOUT 150 MILES TO THE NORTH AND TO THE EAST. AS FLORENCE CONTINUES TO MOVE STRAIGHT ACROSS THE HEART OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THE HEAVIEST RAIN FALLS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE STATE LINE OF NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA PARTICULARLY IN THE PEE DEE REGION AND PARTS OF THE UPSTATE.

WE WILL HAVE OUR FAIR SHARE OF RAINFALL BUT THE SIGNIFICANT FLOODING RAINFALL WITH THE TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE ON THE LOW END BETWEEN 18 TO 24 INCHES OF RAINFALL. THAT RAINFALL IS NOT GOING TO BE A CONCERN TODAY. WE MAY HAVE SOME FLASH LETTING BUT WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT THE FLIGHT AND WE GOT FROM HURRICANE MATTHEW IN EASTERN ORANGEBURG AND CLARENDON COUNTY FROM 2016. THIS WILL NOWHERE BE THE MAGNITUDE OF THE RAINFALL WE GOT FROM THE OCTOBER 2015 HISTORIC FLOOD IN THE MIDLANDS. KEEP IN MIND, WITH MANY AREAS OF SOUTHEASTERN AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA WITH EXPECTATIONS OF TWO FEET OF RAINFALL AS WE GET INTO MIDWEEK TO LATE NEXT WEEK. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THE RAINFALL THAT HAS FALLEN INTO THOSE AREAS, THAT RAINFALL WILL BE COMING DOWN THROUGH.

MOST OF THE RIVER IN THE PEE DEE MOVE FROM NORTH TO SOUTH. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, IN THE CENTRAL MIDLAND THE SALUDA COUNTY RIVER, THE NORTH AND SOUTH PARTS OF EDISTO BEACH. THE BIGGEST WORRY WE WILL BE DEALING WITH NEXT WEEK BY WEDNESDAY THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND WILL BE THE RAINFALL THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN, THE LOTTERY — WATERY RIVER AND AREAS OF THE PEE DEE BY NEXT WEEK. IS THERE A CONCERN ABOUT POSSIBLE FLOODING? VERY LIKELY THE RIVERS WILL START TO SWELL UP. OFFICIALLY NOW, THE USGS AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICES ARE NOT INDICATING THAT WE WILL SEE RIVER FLOODING IN THE CENTRAL PARTS OF THE MIDLANDS BUT THERE IS NO DOUBT AS WE GET INTO NEXT WEEK WE WILL SEE THOSE RIVERS START TO RISE A LITTLE BIT.

NOT TOO MUCH CONCERN IN THE NORTH AT THE MIDLANDS. YOU CAN SEE AN ENTIRE RAIN EVENT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE OF UP TO FIVE INCHES OF RAINFALL. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT YES WE WILL BE EXPERIENCING HEAVY RAINFALL YES WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE FLASH FLOODING AND IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THE MAGNITUDE OF THE 2015 FLOOD HERE IN THE MIDLANDS BUT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT THAT FORECAST MODELS FOR EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, WE DEALT WITH IN 2015, THERE IS A POTENTIAL WHEN THAT THIS IS FINALLY DONE TO SEE UP TO A TOTAL ACCUMULATION OF CLOSE TO 40 INCHES.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. SPEAKING ABOUT THOSE INCHES, WEIRD TECH ABOUT THAT NOW. THIS GRAPHIC IS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. I WAS FLOORED AT THIS WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT IT. YOU JUST SAW THAT NUMBER DIDN’T YOU? THIS IS WHY WE’VE BEEN SEEING WATER RESCUES AND THE CAJUN NAVY AND FIREFIGHTERS AND AT ONE POINT LAST NIGHT I SAW CITIZENS WITH AN AIR MATTRESS RESCUING PEOPLE WILL FROM MOREHEAD CITY, NORTH CAROLINA. IT IS NO SURPRISE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS NUMBER. THREE INCHES OF RAIN COMING DOWN TO THE STORM DOOR. THIS IS FROM PM LAST NIGHT SO YOU HAVE TO ASSUME THEY ARE MORE TODAY. OUR BIGGEST NUMBERS AND SOUTH CAROLINA BUT THAT’S ABOUT SIX INCHES OF RAIN IN THE MYRTLE BEACH AREA.

AND THEN NOT FAR BEHIND, BRANDON YOU LIVED IN NORTH MIDDLE BEACH. YOU KNOW HOW THAT OCEAN BOULEVARD FLOODS. >> I WAS A YOUTH MINISTER THERE ON THE CHURCH THAT WE WORK THAT IS RIGHT ON OCEAN BOULEVARD. THE IMAGES WE SAW FROM THE BOARDWALK, THE CHURCH WAS ACROSS THE STREET. WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT THE RAIN TOTALS, THIS IS REALLY BEFORE A LOT OF THE HEAVY RAIN STARTED TO ENTER INTO SOUTH CAROLINA. AS YOU LOOK AT THE TOTALS, IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH RAIN THAT FELL ON THEM AND HOW MUCH MORE RAIN IS TO COME. >> AS WE JUST EXPLAINED, THAT THE SYSTEM IS JUST SORT OF SITTING OVER A AND THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN. WHEN YOU’VE ALREADY GOT SATURATED GROUND BECAUSE YOU HAVE 14 INCHES OF RAIN THERE IS NO PLACE FOR THE WATER TO GO. LOOKING INTO THE LAST COLUMN OF THAT CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA. WE’VE SEEN JACOB REYNOLDS AND CONWAY FOR A LOT OF OUR NEWSCAST. THEY ARE AT ABOUT FIVE INCHES ALREADY.

WE KNOW LAST NIGHT HE WAS OUT THERE LIVE IN THE FLORENCE AREA. HE HAD HIS MICROPHONE BAGGED UP SO THE EQUIPMENT DOESN’T GET DAMAGED. MOST OF THESE ARE CITIES, GEORGETOWN, TWO INCHES. CONWAY AT FIVE INCHES. AND THIS STORM REALLY FOR US, HASN’T QUITE MADE IT HERE YET. >> ONE THING WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS MORNING IS THAT MY CONCERN IS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING IS NOT THAT BAD WE’VE BEEN PREPARING FOR DAYS, FOR THE STAR BUT I FEEL LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE COMPLACENT BECAUSE THEY DON’T THINK IT WILL BE BAD. THE WATER IS DANGEROUS. YOU KNOW THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU’RE GROUND IS SATURATED THERE IS JUST NO PLACE FOR THE WATER TO GO.

WE SAW THIS IN THE 2015 FLOOD. EVERYTHING WENT INTO GUILD CREEK AND IF YOU KNOW THAT CREEK, IT WEAVES IN AND OUT OF COLUMBIA AND IT FLOODED AT EVERY SINGLE POINT AROUND THE MIDLANDS AND WE KNOW ONE OF THE BIGGEST POINTS WAS DOWN THE STREET FROM WLTX-TV IN FRONT OF McDONALD’S. IT TOOK DOWN THE SUBWAY BUILDING BECAUSE THE WATER HAD NO PLACE TO GO IT FILLED UP THE CREEK AND THEN IT FILLED TO THE POINT THAT IT FLOODED. HERE’S A FILE VIDEO OF THIS. IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE BEFORE WE LEARNED BRANDON, OH MY GOSH, THIS IS THE STREET THAT WE HAVE A CREW HEADED OVER THERE RIGHT NOW.

>> THIS IS THE NAIL SALON THAT IS STILL OPEN. IF YOU REMEMBER THERE WAS THAT CVS PHARMACY AND THEY DECIDED NOT TO COME BACK AFTER THE FLOOD. I REMEMBER THE VIDEO OF THE WATER WAS SO MUCH IT PUSHED THE MAIN STREET IT PUSHED THE ELECTRIC DOORS OPEN AND THERE WAS VIDEO OF PRODUCT FLOATING. THIS IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM AREAS THAT WE’VE GOT A CREW HEADED THERE RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING TO CHECK TO SEE IF MICHAEL FULLER WILL BE THERE.

WHAT WE LIKE TO DO BEST FOR YOU IS WE WANT YOU TO STAY INSIDE. WE DON’T WANT YOU GUYS ON THE ROAD LOOKING FOR DAMAGE. WE SENT OUR CREWS BECAUSE WE ARE KNOWING YOU ARE CURIOUS. AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING. IT’S SAFER FOR US. WE HAVE THIS GRAPHIC POPPING UP. MET ONE QUESTION I HAVE FOR YOU IS WHEN I WAS DRIVING IN, THERE WAS A FEW LIMBS ON THE ROAD. AND YOU DROVE IN LATER AND IT WAS RAINING.>> I LIVE IN ONE OF THE FAMOUS HIGH TREE AREAS OF SOUTH CAROLINA SO WE ALWAYS JOKE IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IF, IF SOMEBODY PASSES GAS THE POWER GOES OUT. BECAUSE THERE’S SO MANY TALL TREES AND YES THERE WERE BRANCHES DOWN. I ACTUALLY THERE WAS A BRANCH BIG ENOUGH IN MY DRIVEWAY GETTING INTO WORK THAT I WAS BACKING UP AND I SAW IT IN THE REARVIEW CAMERA AND I SAID I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE OVER THAT THAT’S ONE OF THE DANGEROUS THINGS THAT IF YOU ARE DRIVING AT NIGHT YOU CAN SEE THE BRANCHES UNTIL YOU’RE RIGHT ON TOP OF THEM.>> WE WERE TELLING PEOPLE TO STAFF THE ROAD THE KING OF THE BIG TREE LIMBS, A VIEWER ASKED ME WHAT I SHOULD DO.

I MET — I HAVE A NEWBORN AND WHERE SHOULD THEY GO, I’M AFRAID. I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD LEAVE BUT I’M AFRAID FOR MY CHILD. I TOLD HER GET ON THE BOTTOM LEVEL OF THE HOUSE, DOWNLOAD THE NEWS APP AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH US. THAT WAS SOMETHING I THOUGHT ABOUT A LOT, IS NOT WHERE I WOULD BE BUT WHERE I WOULD LEAVE MY CAR. SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T HAVE GARAGES. THIS IS SOMETHING YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHERE YOU WILL LEAVE YOUR CAR OVERNIGHT, DON’T LEAVE IT IN A PLACE WHERE IT FLOOD AND DON’T LEAVE IT IN A PLACE OF TALL TREES BECAUSE THESE BRANCHES ARE GOING TO COME DOWN. WE HAVE A GRAPHIC OF SUSTAINED WIND. YESTERDAY JIM SAID THAT TODAY HE EXPECTED WIND IN OUR AREA TO BE AS HIGH AS 45 MILES PER HOUR. THAT IS TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND. AND A GUST OF 45 MILES AN HOUR CAN TAKE DOWN A TREE. DO WE HAVE THE PICTURE OF NICK JONES WHEN HE TWEETED OUT FROM THE FRONT OF HIS HOME. THERE WE GO LOOK AT THIS IT’S INCREDIBLE. I’VE NEVER SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN BECAUSE IF YOU’VE EVER TRIED TO MOVE A PALM TREE FROM YOUR HOUSE THOUGH THE SUMS WRONG TREES.

THAT’S FROM SUMTER AND WE KNOW THAT OF ALL THE AREAS OF THE MIDLANDS THEY ARE GOING TO SEE THE HIGHEST RANGE. THEY WERE SAYING THAT ALL WEEK. THE EASTERN PARTS OF THE MIDLANDS WILL BE THE ONES THAT SEE THE MOST DAMAGE. LET’S SEE, 45 MILE-PER-HOUR WIND YOU CAN’T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN. A TREE COULD SNAP IN HALF. >> QUICKLY WANT TO SHOW THIS BECAUSE I DID RETWEET THIS FROM THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MORE THAN 165,000 HOUSEHOLDS ARE WITHOUT POWER ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA DUE TO HURRICANE FLORENCE. WE’VE GOT TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND THEY WANT TO REMIND US THAT IF YOU DO LOSE POWER USE FLASHLIGHTS AND THAT OF CANDLES BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOU USE CANDLES. USE THOSE FLASHLIGHTS AND BE CAREFUL. MECKLER TALK ABOUT BEING WITHOUT POWER. IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT TODAY YOU ARE 100% WELCOME TO GO TO ANY OF THE SHELTERS IN THE MIDLANDS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AN OUT-OF- TOWN OR.

THEY ASKED THAT YOU BRING ALONG BLANKETS WITH YOU OR ANY SPECIAL NECESSITIES. WE HAVE 38,000 BASES AVAILABLE AT SHELTERS ACROSS THE STATE AND HERE IN COLUMBIA NOT ONLY IS THE NORTHRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BUT LAST NIGHT THEY OPENED UP THE METHODIST CHURCH OVER ON FOREST DRIVE. FRANCIS BURNED CHURCH IN THE MIDLANDS IS ALSO OPEN. ANOTHER PLACE YOU CAN GO AND GLOVE IS RIDGEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ALREADY HAVE 82 EVACUEES. >> ONE THING I APPRECIATE OF YOU GUYS IS THAT YOU DIFFERENTIATED BECAUSE SOME OF THESE WILL BE SHELTERS AND SOME ARE EVACUATION CENTERS. IT’S GREAT TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THEY’RE OPEN AND A PLACE FOR YOU TO GO AND BE SAFE BUT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE VERY MANY AMENITIES. >> YOU ARE SO RIGHT, THANK YOU TO OUR PRODUCERS FOR PULLING UP THIS LIST. THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN GO AND FIND A SHELTER IN YOUR AREA.

THERE SHELTERS ALL OVER THE MIDLANDS, ALL OVER THE STATE. WE KNOW A LOT OF THE SHELTERS ARE FULL IN FLORENCE AND TWO OTHER THINGS I WANT TO MENTION, IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS A SPECIAL MEDICAL ATTENTION THERE ARE SPECIAL MEDICAL SHELTERS, THERE ARE 13 SPECIAL SHELTERS FOR THOSE WITH MEDICAL NEEDS. FOUR OF THOSE ARE FULL AND THE REST ARE OPEN. YOU CAN GO TO THOSE AND THERE ARE FOUR PET FRIENDLY SHELTERS. I KNOW IT IS NOT NECESSARILY IDEAL TO DRIVE EXTRA FIRE TO A PET FRIENDLY SHELTER BUT YOU AND I ARE DOG OWNERS.

YOU ARE GOING TO DRIVE IF IT MEANS GETTING YOU AND YOUR DOG TO SAFETY. >> AS WELL AS KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE, DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR PETS. WE HAVE THIS INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE AT WLTX.COM. ONE THING I DID SEE IS THAT THERE ARE RUMORS THAT SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS CAN BUY FLOOD INSURANCE POLICIES NOW THAT WILL COVER THE DAMAGE FROM FLORENCE. THAT IS FALSE. THERE IS SO MUCH FALSE INFORMATION GOING ON. THEY HAVE A RUMOR CONTROL PAGE THAT IS SET UP ON THE WEBSITE ALL OF THIS IS ON WLTX.COM. >> I SHOULD SAY THIS, WELCOME BACK EFRAIM. IS ANOTHER FALSE POST ABOUT FEMA AND THE PETS. IT SAID IT WAS SENT TO ME AND HAD TO RESPOND TO THE VIEWER IS ABOUT NOT TRUE. AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA THAT THERE WAS A FEDERAL LAW THAT SAID THAT A HOTEL HAD TO MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FROM YOUR PETS DURING EMERGENCY SITUATION.

THAT’S NOT TRUE. WE DID THE VERIFY EARLIER, BUSINESSES ARE NEVER MENTIONED. THERE IS NEVER MENTIONED AND THAT NEW LAW THAT WAS ENACTED AFTER KATRINA. THE FEMA SHELTERS WERE MENTIONED AND BASICALLY WHAT THEY SAID IS THAT FEMA WILL WORK TO ACCOMMODATE YOUR PETS. THAT MIGHT MEAN GOING TO ONE SHELTER AND THEY SEND YOUR PETS TO ANOTHER SHELTER. THAT POST HAS BEEN GOING AROUND THAT SAID YOU CAN TELL THE HOTEL OWNER OR THE MANAGER THAT YES, MY DOG HAS TO STAY. THAT’S NOT TRUE.>> THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION WEBPAGE IS CHOCK-FULL OF INFORMATION. IF YOU DON’T KNOW YET. SOME THINGS MAYBE THAT’S NOT AS IMPORTANT, THAT’S IMPORTANT TO US. BECAUSE IT’S OUR LIVELIHOOD. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE GOING THROUGH AT LEAST FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS.

LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT IS GOING ON. C1 >>> WE CAN SEE SOME SANDBAGS RIGHT DOWN THERE THAT’D WAY, AS WELL, THE, AGAIN, I MEAN IT LOOKS PRETTY NORMAL BESIDES A SPRINKLE. LOOKS PRETTY MUCH LIKE THE FIVE POINT AGAIN THAT WE ALL KNOW. WHAT WE DID SEE COMING AROUND, WE SAW STREET SWEEPS OUT A WHILE AGO. TRYING TO MAKE SURE THE STREETS WERE OKAY. WE DID SPEAK TO CPD. WE ACTUALLY SEE A CAR GOING BY RIGHT NOW. BUT WE DID SPEAK TO THEM A LITTLE WHILE AGO AND THEY HAD SAID, THEY WERE OUT HERE, READY, THEY WERE PREBAIRD TO ■çASSIST IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE. THERE WASN’T ANY FLOODING. WE WERE OUT HERE LOOKING TO SEE. THEY WERE OUT AND READY TO GO.

COLUMBIA WATER RIGHT DOWN THERE, AS WELL. THERE AREN’T ANY FLOODS IN THIS AREA WHICH IS A GOOD THING. >> IT’S A GOOD THING TO KNOW, THAT RIGHT NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTED FLOODS IN THIS AREA. WE SEE THOSE SANDBAGS OVER THERE AND WE SEE THE SANDBAGS DOWN THE STREET. WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE TAKING IT SERIOUSLY. AND THAT THEY ARE PREPARED FOR WHAT’S POTENTIALLY TO COME IN THIS AREA. AND SO IT IS GOOD TO KNOW THAT, AGAIN, THERE IS NO FLOODING BUT WE’RE STILL LOOKING OUT FOR WHATEVER IS TO COME. >> MICHAEL, THANK YOU SO ■çMUCH I’M ASSUMING MOST OF THE BUSINESSES DOWN THERE ARE SANDBAGGED.

BECAUSE THAT IS ALWAYS THE AREA THAT EVEN IF WE GOT A HEAVY DOWNPOUR IN THE SUMMER WE’RE KNOWN FOR THE HEAVY AFTERNOON DOWNPOURS LIKE CLOCK WORK EVERY DAY AT OR 5:00. 5 POINTS FLOODS JUST WITH THOSE. >> THAT AREA OF EUGENE WHALEY. THAT LITTLE CREEK, WE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN AND THAT THING FLOODS ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY. THAT’S WHY A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES HAVE GOTTEN ACCUSTOMED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE PREPARED.

SANDBAGS, A GREAT IDEA. >>> WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPECT RAIN. IT’S SO THAT EVERYBODY IS PREPARED WITH A FLASH FLOOD WATCH. UITE A BIT OF RAIN. >> YOU SAID SO FAR WE’VE GOTTEN HOW? >> .15 OF AN INCH OF RAIN. >> THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. >>> WE DIDN’T ANTICIPATE THAT WE WERE GOING TO SEE MR. RAINFALL INTO DAYBREAK. THE HEAVIEST CONCENTRATION WOULD BE TODAY ON SATURDAY. IT WOULD BE DURING DAYTIME HOURS, GOING INTO THE EARLY EVENING. NOW, OF COURSE, WE’LL EXPECT RAIN OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE BULK OF THE RAIN BUT THE HEAVIEST TODAY AND OVERNIGHT TONIGHT. >> CAN YOU SHOW US THE LATEST RADAR? >>> I CAN SCROLL THROUGH HERE REAL QUICK. SO WHAT WE’VE GOT RIGHT NOW, I MEAN, YOU CAN SEE, RAIN IS ■ç DEFINITELY ALREADY FALLING THROUGH. SO JUST WEST OF MYRTLE BEACH, THAT’S WHERE FRANCIS IS — WHERE FLORENCE IS RIGHT NOW. THE RAINFALL IS COMING IN STEADILY ALL THROUGHOUT THE EASTERN HALF OF SOUTH CAROLINA. BUT LOOK A THE HEAVY RAINFALL, SOME AREAS HERE IN FACT THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER JUST CAME OUT WITH A WARNING.

AREAS– ALL OF THIS DARK COLORING AND THUNDERSTORMS, THEY’RE EXPECTING 2-3 RAINFALL RATES PER HOUR. >> RAINFALL RATES? >> 2-3 INCHES AN HOUR OF RAINFALL. OVER THE NEXT SIX HOURS. >> OKAY. >> THEY’RE EXPECT BETWEEN 6-10 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN THAT BAND AREA. SO THERE IS NO DUT THAT THE RAIN IS COMING DOWN THERE. WE DO HAVE THE RAIN ■çCOMING DO HERE. IT’S FORTUNATELY STEADY RAIN. LET ME SCOOCH BACK TO THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH S YOU HAVE AN IDEA WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. SO THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR NOW, REMAINS IN EFFECTED FOR ALL OF THE MIDLAND COMMUNITIES UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT. NOW, THE MODELS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTING A LITTLE BIT. BUT SO FARTIVE BEEN STAYING RELATIVELY CONSISTENT. THIS IS INDICATING A 7-DAY. THE REALITY IS THIS IS THE AT OF RAINFALL WE’RE EXPECTING FROM RIGHT NOW, VERY LIKELY THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

SO NOT ONLY WILL WE BE DEALING WITH RAIN FROM FLORENCE BUT WITH ANOTHER SYSTEM COMING THROUGH WITH MR. RAINFALL COMING THROUGH. >> CAN WE GO BACK TO THE RADAB?r >> VIEWERS SENDING ME A QUESTION SAYING IS THIS GOING TO DISSIPATE AS IT GETS TO COLUMBIA? I STILL SEE AND I’M A NOVICE BUT I STILL SEE THAT COUNTERCLOCKWISE CIRCULATION CONSISTENT OF A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM. IS THIS JUST GOING TO FIZZLE OUT? >> LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WE’RE GETTING RIGHT NOW FROM THE COLUMBIA RADAR RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT. SO THIS LOOKS AT OUR COMMUNITIES. IT’S LIGHT RAINFALL. I MEAN, IT’S LITERALLY NOT A BIG DEAL. IT’S JUST REGULAR RAIN. BUT WHEN WE GO BACK TO THE BIG PICTURE, IF YOU LOOK WHERE MYRTLE BEACH IS, THAT’S WERE FLORENCE IS. YOU LOOK TO THE WEST, NORTH WES, INTO SOUTH CAROLINA AND IT’S GREEN COLOR SO LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN. ■ç BUT LOOK AT THOSE BIG YELLOWS AND REDS.

>> ARE WE EXPECTING THIS TO COME DOWN TO COLUMBIA? >> LOOKING AT THE EDGE OF THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. ALL OF THAT IS ON THE BACK END. >> ARE THESE LIGHTNING STRIKES? >> THOSE ARE LIGHTNING STRIKES. >> THE CENTER OVER MYRTLE BEACH, PUT THAT OVER COLUMBIA. ALL THOSE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IN MYRTLE BEACH. NOW YOU PUT FLORENCE SOMEWHERE IN THE UPSTATE. SO THAT BACK END OF ALL THE HEAVY RAINFALL IS NOW IN COLUMBIA. >> SO I KNOW IT’S HARD TO PREDICT EXACTLY. BUT WHEN — WHAT TIME IS THIS MESS, GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY DOWN TO COLUMBIATH. >> THAT ALL BIG MESS IS IN NORTH CAROLINA RIGHT NOW. THAT’S GOING TO STAY IN THE UPSTATE. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO GET IS OUR OWN ■çFAIR SHARE OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL BUT WHEN YOU SEE ALL THE DARKER GREEN, RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF MYRTLE BEACH, ALL OF THAT RAIN, THAT’S WHAT OUR CONCENTRATION OF RAINFALL WILL BE. THAT’S WHY WE’RE NOT DEALING WITH THE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL AND THE INCREDIBLE AMOUNTS OF 20-24 INCHES OF RAINFALL THAT THOSE BRIGHT COLORS IN THE UPPER RIGHT QUADRANT OF YOUR SCREEN WILL STAY THERE. THE DARK COLORS OF GREEN, OVER MYRTLE BEACH, ALL THAT CONSIDERABLE HEAVY RAINFALL IS GOING TO BE MOVING TO US AT SOME POINT THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THE MODELS ARE INDICATING THAT CONSERVATIVELY, ALONG I-26 ON EACH SIDE FROM NEWBERRY DOWN TO EASTERN ORANGEBURG COUNTY ■çWE COULD SE LOCALIZED AREAS OF 7-9 INCHES OF RAINFALL YOU GET FURTHER OUT TO THE NORTHEAST, KERSHAW, LEE, MAYBE EVEN SUMTER COUNTY WE COULD SEE 10 LOCALIZED MAYBE 12 INCHES OF RAIN. BUT 10 YOU GET INTO WESTERN NEWBERRY. SALUDA, LEXINGTON, NORTHEASTERN AIKEN, CALHOUN, CENTRAL WESTERN ORANGEBURG, 3 INCHES OF RAIN, MAYBE LOCALIZED UP TO FIVE.

BUT THIS 7 DAYS INCLUDES WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING FROM FLORENCE TODAY, TOMORROW, MONDAY, AND THEN OTHER RAIN CHANCES WE’LL HAVE FROM OTHER WEATHER COMPLEXES MOVING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. NOW, THIS COMPUTER MODEL INDICATING WHEN THE RAIN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH. BY MIDDAY TODAY ■çAT SOME POINT THE RAIN WILL START TO PRETTY MUCH ALL OF THE MIDLANDS AND BE CONSISTENT. THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL ALONG AND NORTH OF FLORENCE.

BY LATER ON THIS EVENING FLORENCE WILL BE POSITIONED SOMEWHERE OVER CENTRAL MIDLANDS. SO THE HEAVIEST OF RAINFALL IS TO THE EAST AND TO THE NORTH AND THAT WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS. BUT AS FLORENCE BY EARLY TOMORROW MORNING GETS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN LAW INS AND NEWBERRY COUNTY THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL WILL BE IN THE NORTHEAST MIDLANDS INTO THE PEE DEE AND PARTS OF THE EASTERN UPSTATE. WE’LL STILL HAVE RAIN TOMORROW MORNING, TOMORROW LATE MORNING, TOMORROW BY MIDDAY BUT AT LEAST THE RAIN WILL START TAPERING OFF. SO WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. >> IF YOU COULD GO BACK TO THE RADAR. I HAVE A QUESTION FROM A FACEBOOK VIEWER. >>> WHERE WE SAW THE LIGHTNING BOLT. RIGHT THERE. IS THAT GOING TO BE MOVING INTO OUR AREA? THIS SEVERE WEATHERST THAT’S WHAT HER CONCERN IS ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER MOVING INTO COLUMBIA.

>> THAT’S SEVERE WEATHER. IF YOU DREW A STRAIGHT LINE FROM MYRTLE BEACH TO THE EDGE RIGHT OF YOUR SCREEN, THAT’S ABOUT 100 MILES. SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT THIS, WHEREVER FLORENCE IS GOING TO BE, THAT CRAZINESS, THAT SEVERE WEATHER OFF SHORE, AND ALL THOSE LIGHTNING STRIKES ARE GOING TO BE 100 MILES AWAY FROM THE CENTER. 100MILES FROM COLUMBIA, PUTS THAT IN ROCK HILL. 100MILES FROM COLUMBIA, PUTS THAT IN BEAUFORT ■çCOUNTY.

100MILES EAST OF COLUMBIA WILL PUT THAT IN KINGSTREE. SO YES, THERE IS LIKELY THUNDERSTORMS OF THAT NATURE. BUT IT’S LIKELY NOT GOING TO BE IN THE MIDLANDS. WE MAY HAVE A THUNDERSTORM OR TWO, AS GOING THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND EVENING. BUT THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL AND SEVERE WEATHER IS GOING TO BE FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THE CENTER, AND THAT’S WHY I’VE BEEN SAYING FOR THE LAST THREE DAYS I REALLY HOPE THE CENTER OF THE CIRCULATION’S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MIDLANDS.

EVEN THOUGH IT’S A TROPICAL STORM, AND EVEN THOUGH WE’RE DEALING WITH THE WINDS, THE TORRENTIAL RAINFALL, THE STRONGEST WINDS, OUTED SIDE OF THE HURRICANE BAND, THE SEVERE WEATHER, IS GOING TO BE SO FAR AWAY FROM THE CENTER, THAT ■çTHIS WILL BE MOR OF INITIALLY A WIND EVENT, AND THEN FINALLY A RAIN EVENT. >> WE JUST GOT ANOTHER MESSAGE FROM A VIEWER IN LANCASTER AND SAYS SHE SAYS SHE’S WATCHING US. WE’RE THE STATION SHE PICKS UP. >> GOOD. >> SHE SAYS WHAT SORT OF — SHE SAID THEY’RE SEEING RAIN NOW.

WHAT IS THE REST OF THE FORECAST LOOKING LIKE FOR THEM? >> UNFORTUNATELY, ACTUALLY I’M GOING TO GO TO THIS S WE CAN SEE LANCASTER COUNTY. WEATHER YOU’RE IN THE CITY OR COUNTY, THERE’S BEEN RAIN THAT’S BEEN MOVING THROUGH. THE RAIN ACTUALLY THE RAIN BANDS HAVE BEEN LAPPING AROUND. EVEN THOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S MOVING NORTH TO SOUTH. ALL OF LANCASTER COUNTY THE RAIN IS FROM THE NORTH AND EAST.

WE ■çDO KNOW THAT WE ARE EXPECTING AS MUCH RAINFALL IN THE NORTHERN MIDLANDS AS WE ARE GOING TO BE EXPECTING IN THE EASTERN UPSTATE. SO– >> ON THAT MEANT WE JUST GOT A MESSAGE FROM A VIEWER, SHE SAID I’M IN NORTHEAST COLUMBIA. JUST LIKE YOU JUST SAID. SHE SAID WE’VE BEEN GETTING POUNDED WITH RAIN FOR HOURS AND IT’S NOT LETTING UP. THAT’S WHAT YOU JUST SAID. >> LOOK AT THAT, YOU GO UP TO THE AREAS RIDGEWAY PONTIAC. THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE. LAN CASSER IS EXPECTING AS MUCH RAINFALL AS WE’RE EXPECTING IN EASTERN FAIRFIELD COUNTY. S WE’RE WEATHER YOU LIVE ■çIN WINNSBORO, ALL THE WAY UP TO LANCASTER TO THE CITY, WE’LL LOOK ATTITUDE ALONE, PROBABLY TWO TO — ABOUT 2-3 INCHES OF RAINFALL, OVER THE NEXT 20 FUR HOURS.

TOMORROW, MAYBE AN ADDITIONAL INCH OR TWO. SO LANCASTER, YES, YOU’RE GOING TO GET RAIN. THAT’S WHY THE COUNTY IS IN A FLASH FLOOD WATCH. >> CAN WE TALK ABOUT WINDS TODAY AND WHAT WE’RE SUPPOSED TO SEE WITH THE WIND? I UNDERSTAND YESTERDAY, WE SAID THAT WE COULD SEE GUSTS UP TO 45 MILES PER HOUR HERE IN THE MIDLANDS THE D YOU STILL EXPECT THAT TODAY? >>> LOOK WHAT WE GOT RIGHT NOW. THESE ARE CURRENT WIND GUSTS INç THE MIDLANDS AS OF RIGHT NOW. THE TIME BEING 6:21. WE HAVE GUSTS FROM 35 MILES PER HOUR IN CAMDEN, SUMTER, ORANGEBURG. 36 IN ST. MATTHEWS, 30 IN MADGING FROM THE NORTH. THAT’S RIGHT NOW. SO THE WIND RIGHT NOW SUSTAINED ARE 20-25. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT FROM WHAT — TALKING ABOUT WHAT SUSTAINED WINDS ARE RIGHT NOW GUSTING TO 15 MILES PER HOUR, HIGHER.

THIS IS THE LOW END OF THE SCALE OF WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING TODAY. >> IT’S CALM FOR TODAY, RIGHT NOW. THIS IS CALM. >> IF YOU WANT TO SAY CALM, THAT’S WHAT IT LITERALLY IS RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE ARE EXPECTING AS THEY SHOWED YESTERDAY, AS I ■çWAS SHOWING YESTERDAY MORNING THAT THERE’S A POSSIBILITY ESPECIALLY IN OUR EASTERN AND NORTHEASTERN COMMUNITIES WHERE WE COULD SEE WIND GUSTS TO 45-50 MILES PER HOUR. 40-55, THAT’S A GOOD POSSIBILITY. 50? THAT’S ALSO POSSIBILITY. IT’S A STRETCH, BUT IT COULD HAPPEN. BUT 40 MILES PER HOUR, 45 MILES PER HOUR WIND GUSTS, THAT’S GOING TO MOVE YOUR GARBAGE CANS TO THE AND OF THE ADDITION. I TOLD PEOPLE THAT. I WAS JOKING AROUND BUT IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, BRING YOUR GARBAGE CAN IN. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR IT SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

>> YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIND IT. >> I GOT TO ASK YOU, I WORRY ABOUT ALL MY FRIENDS OUT OWN LAKE MURRAY. I KNOW YOU ■çHAVE FRIEND THERE, TOO. SO MANY ARE STILL RECOVERING FROM THE 2015 FLOODS. I HAVE FRIENDS THAT LITERALLY JUST REBUILT THEIR DOCK AFTER HAG THEIR DOCK FLOATED AWAY DURING THE 2015 FLOODS. HOW IS IT ON LAKE MURRAY AND WHAT ARE THE PRECAUTIONS THAT ALL OF OUR FRIENDS ON THE LAKE SHOULD TAKE, WITH ALL THEIR PROPERTY OUTSIDE TODAY? >> YOU KNOW, REMEMBER, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS ON WEDNESDAY, ABOUT LAKE MURRAY. >> WE NORMALLY HAVE A LIVE LAKE MURRAY CAM. I WONDER IF THAT’S UP TODAY. THE SUN MIGHT NOT BE UP. THERE YOU GO THERE’S OUR LAKE MURRAY CAM. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO OUR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS. YOU GUYS ARE ON TOP OF IT. THIS IS ■çLIVE TV. >> IF YOU LOOK, YOU SEE WHITE CAPS. THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. >> THAT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT EVEN THOUGH THAT’S RIGHT AROUND THE SHORELINE SO THE CAMERA ITSELF IS ABOUT 10-15 YARDS AWAY FROM THE SHORELINE.

S WE’RE LOOKING ABOUT MAYBE 20, 2013 FEET AWAY FROM THE SHORE. BUT STILL, YOU DON’T SEE WHITE CAPS ON LAKE MURRAY. OFFICIALLY RIGHT NOW, AT COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN AIRPORT THE WIND GUST IS 20 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S SUSTAINED AT 17. >> HOW MUCH WIND, I KNOW THIS ISN’T EXACT SCIENCE, JUST IN GENERAL THE THINGS THAT WE SAW, THE DOCKS FLOATING AWAY, THE PATIO CHAIRS BEING PICKED UP AND BLOWN INTO THE LAKE, HOW MUCH WIND DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THAT SORT OF THING URRAY? >> I’M NOT A BOATING EXPERT. I WISH I HAD A BET. BEING THERE, WE KNOW TOO WELL WHEN THE WIND GETS UP TO 15 MILES PER HOUR PLUS, THAT’S WHERE WE SEE THE WAVES. WE’RE TALKING ALREADY SUSTAINED, GUSTS TO 28 MILES PER HOUR. WE’VE BEEN TELLING PEOPLE. >> SO THE ONE THING THAT MANY BETTER MAY ALREADY THOUGH THIS. BUT IF YOU HAVEN’T DRY DOCKED YOUR BOAT MAY BE A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE TO DO THAT.

BUT YOUR BOAT, TIE THE BOAT DOWN ON SOUTH SIDE OF THE DOCK. BECAUSE KEEP IN MIND THE WIND ARE FROM THE NORTH. WITH THE WIND FROM THE NORTH, THAT BOAT IF THAT SITS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF YOUR ■çBET DOCK, HERE COMES THE WIND, BOAT, DOCK. >> GOING TO BEAT IT UPMENTS BOAT, DOCK. >> IT’S GOING TO GET BE THE UP. >> WHAT HAPPENED IN I THINK A LOT OF SITUATIONS OR WHERE THAT THE BOAT HIT THE DOCK SO MANY TIMES THAT THE PILINGS OF THE DOCK LOOSENED AND SOME DOCKS FLOATED AWAY. SO A WARNING WE’RE SPEAKING RIGHT TO YOU TO OUR FRIEND AT LAKE MURRAY IN THE CAPE IN AREA IN LEXINGTON, WHERE ARE MY OTHER TOWNS AROUND LAKE MURRAY? >> THE BOAT LAUNCH SITE ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF LAKE MURRAY WHERE THEY HAVE ALL OF THE VESTS THAT YOU CAN BURROW. >> YOU TALK ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE MARINA? >> ■çA LOT OF DEBRIS AROUND THE SHORELINE COME TOMORROW MORNING. THERE’S A LOT OF THAT STUFF WILL BE, AGAIN, VERY STRONG WINDS, THAT WE’RE NOT ACCUSTOMED TO TYPICALLY THAT ARE GOING TO COME FROM THE NORTH SIDE OF LAKE MURRAY BLOWING RIGHT THROUGH TO THE SOUTH SHORE.

>> REALLY QUICK BEFORE WE LET YOU GO BACK TO THE WEATHER CENTER. CAN WE PUT THE RADAR UP ONE MR. TIME? I JUST HEARD LOUD RAIN OVER THE STUDIO HERE IN THE SOUTHEAST PART U COLUMBIA. WHAT’S GOING ON IN SOUTHEAST COLUMBIA? >> WE DON’T HAVE ANY LIGHTNING. THAT’S A GOOD THING. WE DON’T HAVE LIGHTNING S WE DON’T HAVE THE SEVERITY OF THE STORMS WHICH YOU NOTICE MOST OF IT IS GREEN A LITTLE BIT YELLOW. DEALING WITH LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL. THIS IS GOING TO BE ■çTHE THEME THROUGHOUT THE DAY. WE WILL HAVE TIMES WHEN WE’LL HAVE POCKETS OF HEAVIER RAINFALL, AND BUT THE THING IS THAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT IF THIS LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL CONTINUES AND IT’S FALLING AT LETS JUST SAY A QUARTER INCH AN HOUR. SO WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY ALONE, MAYBE POSSIBLY UP TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN COLUMBIA.

SO THIS IS GOING TO BE UNFORTUNATELY A TORTUROUSLY LONG PROCESS. FOR FLORENCE TO MOVE THROUGH WITH THE RAIN AND THE WINDS, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT BOAST THE HEAVIEST OF THE RAINFALL AND THE STRONGEST OF WINDS, ALL OF THAT JUST STARTS CALMING DOWN, BY SUNDAY LIKE TOMORROW LATE MORNING TO MIDDAY. BUT ■çIT’S STILL GOING TO BE AROUND WITH US. >> STILL UNDER A FLASH FLOOD WARNING UNTIL SUNDAY FIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH TO VIEWERS SENDING IN YOUR QUESTIONS. BRANDON AND I ARE TRYING TO TAKE THE QUESTIONS TO THE EXPERT AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN AND GET THEM ANSWERED. IF YOU’D LIKE TO ASK QUESTIONS TWEET AT US AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ASKING US, THERE’S A LOT OF MYTHS ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS YOU CAN D IN THE STORM TO PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES. >> WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH THE VERIFY TEAM TO SEE WHAT’S TRUE C1 >> WE HAVE NOT MISSING YET THIS MORNING, THE COMET BOX SYSTEM IS SUSPENDING ALL RIGHTS. THEY ANNOUNCED AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE THAT THEY ARE STAYING SHUT DOWN UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. EVEN MORE REASON TO GET A RIDE BACK ON THE, BOX HERE.

>> ANY ONE MORE CUP OF COFFEE. C1 EVEN IF THEY DON’T BELIEVE IT IS SAFE ON THE ROAD. BECAUSE EVEN IF IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKE IT IS THAT BAD, THE RAIN AND WIND DOES NOT MAKE FOR RATES DRIVING CONDITIONS. LET’S TAKE A NOTE FROM OUR OFFICIALS AND THE COMMENTS, BECAUSE YOU NEED TO GET OUT THERE. >> WE KNOW FROM OUR TOTAL, IS THEY’VE GOTTEN MOST RAIN HERE IN NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. ABOUT SIX INCHES OF RAIN ALREADY AND THAT NUMBER WAS ONLY FROM LAST NIGHT. THEY HAVE NOT UPDATED THEIR TOTALS YET. THEY HAD MORE THAN SIX INCHES AS OF LAST NIGHT.

IT IS ONE OF THE MOST — HARDEST HIT AREAS. IT IS MOVED ONTO THE PIER AND THE BOARDWALK. IT IS AMAZING TO SEE THOSE IMAGES. >> WE WANT TO SEE THE VERY LATEST LET’S CHECK IN LIFE ARE MYRTLE BEACH. >> GOOD ■çMORNING FOR NORTH MYRTLE BEACH. THIS IS THE SCENE ACROSS THE AREA. RESIDUAL FLOODING FROM THE RAIN HERE CONTINUES TO BE PROBLEM THIS MORNING. YOU SEE THE BUILDING OVER THERE, THERE ARE PLANKS OF WOOD AND COMPLETELY EVACUATED. 1 C1 >> THE STORM SEARCH CONTINUES TO BE A PROBLEM. WE DO EXPECT HIGH TIDE LATER TODAY. AND THAT COUPLED WITH THE RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL OUT HERE. C1 >>> A COULD’VE COME FROM A MILITAR FAMILY. WE HAVE ALL OF THE INFO HERE. AND YOU ALWAYS NEED TO KEEP YOUR FLAG LIT AT NIGHT. YOU SHOULD NEVER DISPLAYED IN THE DARK. I RESPECT YOU GUYS,■ç FOR RESPECTING OUR FLAG. >> WE GOING TO BRING YOU BACK HOME HERE, MICHAEL FULLER HAS BEEN OUT IN THE FIVE POINTS AREA ALL MORNING.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE CONDITIONS HERE WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >> WHITTY AND ANDREA WE ARE HERE IN FIVE POINTS AND IT IS NOT BLOWING ME OVER QUITE YET. THE WIND HAS PICKED UP QUITE A BIT AND WE ACTUALLY SEE SOMEONE JOCKEYING ALONG THE WAY. ANYONE THAT HAS BEEN HERE YOU CAN SEE IT IS RAINING AND THE AREA IS PRONE TO FLOODING. THE BUSINESSES HAVE NOT TAKEN THE SLIGHTLY. YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE SANDBAGS LINING THE ENTRANCE. AND THIS IS RIGHT HERE ON NATIONAL LIBATIONS. — VIBRATIONS. THEY HAD THE SANDBAGS OUT AND■ç AROUND THE WAY. THEY HAVE STREET SWEEPERS OUT HERE AS WELL THAT HAVE BEEN OUT, AND SOME STORM TRAINING HERE. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE CLEANING THE DRAINS AND MAKING SURE THAT THERE’S NOT A LOT OF RESIDUE HERE. WE SPOKE TO CPD THEY ARE READY TO ASSIST IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE.

BUT THERE HAVE NOT BEEN ANY FLOODS IN BUT THAT IS GREAT FOR ANY AREAS OF BEEN KNOWN TO FLOOD. THERE’S NOT TOO MUCH GOING ON HERE. BUT THE WIND IS PICKING UP A BIT. THERE IS SOME PITTER PATTER BUT THIS GUY IS BRIGHTENING UP A BIT AS THE MORNING PROGRESSES. BUT IT IS REALLY NOT BAD BUT BUSINESSES ARE NOT TAKING IT LIGHTLY WITH SANDBAGS ■çOUT, AN CPD IS OUT HERE AND PREPARED TO ASSIST FOR WHAT POTENTIALLY COULD BECOME A PRETTY BAD STORM A LITTLE LATER ON. REPORTING HERE IN FIVE POINTS, NEWS 19 W LTX.

C1 >>> THERE IS A GREAT GRAPHIC THERE. I’M NOT SURE IF WE HAVE THAT. SHALL BE WAS WORKING ON GETTING IT IT TALKS ABOUT HOW MUCH WATER CAN TAKE YOU OFF YOUR FEET. AND IT BLOWS MY MIND. IT IS JUST INCHES OF WATER. MOVING WATER CANNOT A GROWN MAN OFF THEIR FEET. AND THAT IS JUST REALLY INTERESTING TO ME. >> IT CAN KNOCK AN ADULT OVER JUST A FEW INCHES, AND CARRY YOU AWAY. AND THEN WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT YOUR CAR, ■çIF YOU’RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, HOW MANY TIMES HAS A FRIEND THAT YOU DID YOUR IN AN SUV YOUR FIND? 18 TO 24 INCHES OF FAST-MOVING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST LARGE SUVS. AND THIS IS WHY THEY SAY TURNAROUND DON’T DROWN.

WHEN YOU COME UP TO WATER WHETHER IT IS NEAR WEALTH — LEXINGTON OR WILL STREET OR AN AREA THAT NORMALLY FLOODS THERE’S NO WAY TO TELL HOW DEEP IT IS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH IT. >> BASICALLY WHAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS IF YOU SEE A LOT OF WATER DON’T WALK INTO IT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS IN THAT WATER. SPECIFICALLY WE’VE BEEN SEEING EVEN THIS MORNING, PEOPLE ARE SHOWING US IMAGES OF DOWNED POWER LINES. AND YOU NEVER KNOW IF THERE IS A LIVE ■çPOWER LINE DOWN THERE.

YOU NEVER KNOW IF THERE’S A CREATURE OR CRITTER IN THERE. YOU NEED TO BE SAFE AND AVOID ALL OF THAT WATER. THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HUNKER DOWN IN THE HOUSE UNTIL ALL OF THIS PASSES. I REMEMBER THERE WAS A STORY OUT OF HURRICANE HARVEY WHERE THERE WAS A BROTHER AND SISTER HELPING THEIR MOTHER EVACUATE AND THE BROTHER WANTS TO GO BACK AND TO GET SOME THINGS OUT OF THE HOUSE AND A DOWNED POWER LINE WAS IN THE WATER AND YOU DIDN’T SEE IT. AND HE DIED BECAUSE OF IT. THOSE POWER LINES WILL CARRY THAT CURRENT AND ELECTRICAL CHARGE THROUGH THE WATER. THAT IS WHY WE SAY IS REALLY DANGEROUS. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SAY THAT YOUR AREA LOOKS OKAY RIGHT NOW, AND YOU DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF FLOODING, YOU MIGHT NOT AND THAT IS FANTASTIC.

BUT ERROR, AND OTHER AREAS HAVE GOTTEN THIS 5GCH IS FIVE INCHES OF RAIN. DOWN HERE IN COLUMBIA WE ARE OKAY. WE ARE STILL UNDER ONE INCH OF RAIN BUT THIS FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES ALL THE WAY UNTIL TOMORROW AT 8:00. SO IF YOU’RE ASKING WHEN WE ARE OUT OF THE WOODS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS UNTIL SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8:00. >> WE ARE TELLING ALL OF YOU THIS BECAUSE YOU WANT TO BE INFORMED SO THAT YOU CAN BE PREPARED. WE HAVE BEEN SAYING IT ALL WEEK BE PREPARED AND DON’T PANIC. THIS IS GOOD INFORMATION SO YOU CAN STAY SAFE AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN STAY SAFE AS WELL. ONE THING WE WANT TO GO AHEAD AND DO IS GO AHEAD AND LOOK AT NEW BERN NORTH CAROLINA. THEY HAVE SEEN THE BRUNT OF THE STORM HERE.■ç THE IMAGES THAT WE’VE SEEN HERE HAVE BEEN MIND BLOWING. 23 INCHES OF RAIN SO FAR HAVE FALLEN IN NEW BERN NORTH CAROLINA. AND THAT WAS JUST AS OF LAST NIGHT. THE RAIN IS STILL COMING DOWN THERE AND WE HAVE A REPORTED THERE WITH COLLEEN ON THE SCENE.

SHE’S BRINGING US VERY LATEST OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA. >> RIGHT NEAR THE WATERFRONT IN NEW BERN, I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT IS BEHIND ME. THIS IS ACTUALLY A DOCK THAT WAS PUSHED UP BY THE STORM. IT LOOKS LIKE IT HIT PART OF THE PROPERTY THIS HOME OVER HERE AND KNOCKED OUT SOME OF THE BRICK. AND THEN IT WAS WEDGED IN BETWEEN THE TREE AND THE BRICK OF THIS HOME. ESSENTIALLY TWO PARTS OF THIS HERE WHERE WE SAY THE OTHER ONE IN A FEW MINUTES. BUT THEN BEYOND HERE, IT IS HARD TO SEE BUT THERE IS■ç A BO THAT YOU CAN SEE HERE WITH TWO POWER POLES. IT IS SITTING NOW UP ON DRY LAND OF THE GRASS OF THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE. SO THIS IS THE STRENGTH AND THE POWER OF THE STORM WHEN IT CAME THROUGH HERE. THE POWER OF THE WIND AND WAVES TO LIFT IT UP AND PUSH ADHERE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUNITY.

THERE IS SO MUCH DEBRIS THAT WAS LEFT BEHIND ONCE THE WATER RECEDED. THE CLEANUP HERE IS GOING TO BE A LONG ONE. AND TOUGH FOR THE COMMUNITY IN NEW BERN. BUT PEOPLE WE SAW TONIGHT WERE ALREADY AT WORK TAKING WHAT THEY COULD UP AND STARTED TO PUT BACK THE PIECES. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH COLLEEN FOR THAT. >>> STILL A MASSIVE■ç CLEANUP EFFORT UNDERWAY. WOMAN LOOK OF THE FORECAST, THE RED AND DARK GREENS ARE THE WORST. AND THEY ARE STILL GETTING POUNDED WHITNEY. STILL HOVERING OVER NORTH CAROLINA. >> I WAS TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THIS, YOU HAVE IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND IT IS TRENDING WITH PRAYERS FOR NEW BERN BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN HIT SO HARD. OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEM NOW. WE KNOW YESTERDAY THE CASE AND IF HE WAS THERE RESCUING PEOPLE IN FULL FORCE. IF YOU HAVE NOT HEARD THEM BEFORE, IT IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN FIND AND FOLLOW A 401(K) FOR, BUT IT IS SOMEONE WHO IS GOODHEARTED. THEY ARE THE LOUISIANA CAJUN NAVY. THIS IS THE SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE AND WHAT THEY■ç DID IN THE WILMINGTON AREA AS WELL AS A NEW BERN.

THEY WERE OUT THERE YESTERDAY PERFORMING RESCUES AND THEY SAID THEY RESCUED AS MANY AS 160 PEOPLE SO FAR. THEY WERE USING EVERYTHING FROM SMALL JOHN BOATS TO RAFTS AND AT ONE POINT THEY USE AIR MATTRESSES TO TRY TO GET PEOPLE AND PETS OUT OF THEIR HOMES. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WE SO WHAT THEY DID DURING HURRICANE MATTHEW OR ANYTIME THERE’S A MAJOR NATURAL DISASTER THE TRY TO GET OUT THERE TO HELP FOLKS. SO WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT THEY DO. >> THEY STARTED DURING HURRICANE KATRINA.

ONE OF THE WORST FLOODING INCIDENTS WE’VE EVER SEEN IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY. WHERE THE FLOOD LASTED ALMOST ■ç THE ENTIRE CITY NOT JUST ST. BERNARD PARISH. THEY BANDED TOGETHER, AND SAID WE CAN DO THIS. WE DON’T HAVE TO WAIT FOR PEOPLE TO BE RESCUED WE CAN HELP. NO DOUBT, THE CAJUN NAVY IS GOING TO BE OUT AGAIN TODAY. BUT AGAIN, THIS IS NEW BERN AND ALSO THE HISTORIC WILMINGTON AREA AS WELL. WE HAVE REPORTERS ALL OVER THE STATE HOWEVER. >> WE HAVE A TEAM OUT ACROSS THE STATE MAKING SURE THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO GET ALL THE INFORMATION AND CHECKING ON WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE COUNTIES AND HOW THEY ARE PREPARING. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE THE WORST OF IT IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS. ONE PERSON WHO ■O5 THERE WORKING SO HARD IS LAUREN THOMAS. SHE HAS BEEN IN HARTSVILLE AND MAKING THE CHECK INS WITH THE OFFICIALS. AND FINDING OUT HOW THEY ARE PREPARING. >> SHE HAS BEEN OUT IN THE ELEMENTS AS WELL.

AND LAST NIGHT WAS NO DIFFERENT. SHE ACTUALLY LOST POWER AT HER HOTEL. AND THIS IS WHAT YOU POSTED LAST NIGHT. >> NO POWER IN THE HOTEL TONIGHT. WE ARE IN DOWNTOWN HARTSVILLE. BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT AS SOON AS THE WIND SPEEDS GET DOWN TO ABOUT 35 MILES PER HOUR THAT IS WHEN THEY WILL BE ABLE TO WORK ON GETTING POWER BACK TO OUR HOTEL. WE SAW THAT THERE WERE CREWS OUTSIDE, WAITING UNTIL THE WIND GUSTS GOT DOWN TO 35 MILES PER HOUR. WE HAVE FLASHLIGHTS HERE■ç AND ARE GOING TO WRITE IT OUT. HOPEFULLY WE GET THE POWER BACK PRETTY SOON. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH LAUREN. HANG IN THERE. I KNOW WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT IT GETS HOT. AND THEN IT GETS MUGGY. AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU’RE SITTING IN THE MIDDLE THE FAMILY ROOM SAYING HOW IS IT THIS MUGGY OUT HERE? >> WHAT IS REALLY GREAT TO — TOO IS IF YOU HAVE NOT GOT OUR APP, WE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT RESOURCES THERE.

AND WE WILL SHOW YOU WHAT TO DO DURING A POWER OUTAGE INCLUDING TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO STAY COOL AND THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT ONE BIG THING WE HEARD OFFICIAL SAY IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT DO NOT LIGHT A CANDLE. IN FACT THAT WAS ■;UdE VERY FIR THING. COLUMBIA FIRE CHIEF AUBREY JENKINS WAS HERE, AND HE STEPPED UP TO THIS PODIUM AND SAY WHEN YOUR POWER GOES OUT PLEASE DO NOT LIGHT CANDLES. LET’S JUST STICK WITH THE BATTERY-POWERED FLASHLIGHTS AND LANTERNS. THE PROBLEM WITH A CANDLE, IS YOU LIGHT IT AND IT MIGHT BE OKAY THEN BUT AN HOUR LATER YOU MIGHT FORGET ABOUT IT. YOU RUN INTO THE TABLE OR THE DOG WENT TO THE TABLE IT’S ON, OR YOUR SEVEN EUROS PLAY FOOTBALL THE FAMILY ROOM BECAUSE THEY ARE BORED, WHICH IS GOING ON MY HOUSE RIGHT NOW, RUNS INTO THE TABLE AND FORGET THAT THERE’S A CANDLE ON IT. FOR YOUR SAFETY, DO NOT LIGHT CANDLES.

WE KNOW A LOT OF YOU ARE ALREADY IN THE DARK ■çTHIS MORNING. >> WE’VE HAD FOLKS ON FACEBOOK SAYING I’VE LOST POWER ALREADY. THAT WAS ALL SINCE THIS MORNING. WE’VE SEEN A NUMBER OF POWER OUTAGES GROW AND GROW. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. SCE AND SHE HAS A GREAT OUTAGE MAP THAT IS SHOWING US AN IDEA OF WHAT PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH. >> LESSON WE CHECKED IT WAS ABOUT 165,000 PEOPLE IN OUR STATE WITHOUT POWER. LET’S SEE WHAT WE HAVE NOW. >> THE NUMBER IS GETTING BETTER. IN LEXINGTON COUNTY, THEY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OVER 1200 FOLKS WHO HAVE LOST POWER. EARLIER, WE HAD OVER THOUSAND■ç IN RUSTLING COUNTY NOTES DOWN TO HUNT EIGHT — 800. THE UPPER PART OF OUR COVERAGE IN FAYETTEVILLE HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE OUT OF POWER, ONE POWER LINE DOWN HAS CAUSED 400 ABOUT — OF THOSE OUTAGES.

>> THE NUMBERS WERE FLUCTUATING. NEWBERRY COUNTY WAS AT 400. THAT HAS GONE DOWN. >> THAT HAS STAYED THE SAME. FOR THOSE PORTIONS OF NEWBERRY. THAT IS JUST ONE COMPONENT. THIS IS A REAL-TIME UPDATE HERE. WE COULD SEE MORE AND THE GOOD ç NEWS IS THAT THOSE NUMBERS REALLY HAVE BEEN STEADY. AT LEAST FOR THE LAST HOUR OR SO. >> CAN WE TAKE A LOOK IN THE AND CAN AREA AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE AT? THERE’S ONLY ONE CUSTOMER THERE WITHOUT POWER. THAT IS FANTASTIC. WE KNOW THAT THE EASTERN PART OF OUR STATE IS GOING TO BE THE HARDEST. IN CHARLESTON COUNTY THEY’RE DOING PRETTY WELL WITH 148 PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER. >> WE HOPE NO ONE ELSE LOSES POWER. BUT THE REALITY IS IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY GOING TO HAPPEN. THE NUMBERS ARE LIKELY TO GO UP LATER IN THE DAY. JESSICA OUR PRODUCER JUST SAID THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA WE ARE LOOKING AT ABOUT 120,000 PEOPLE WHO ARE WITHOUT POWER.■ç >> THAT IS FANTASTIC.

BECAUSE THAT IS DOWN FROM THE 165,000. THEY HAVE GOTTEN POWER RETURNED TO ABOUT 40,000 HOMES AND THAT IS NO EASY TASK. >> REMEMBER THE MAGNITUDE AT THAT POINT HURRICANE FLORENCE WHEN IT WAS COMING TOWARD HORRY COUNTY, YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, THAT IS WHERE YOU HAVE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF POWER OUTAGES. AND IT SLOWLY MOVES THROUGH THE NORTH SIDE OF HORRY COUNTY HEADING OVER TOWARD DYLAN AND MORROW COUNTY. BUT FROM 165,000 EARLIER THIS ■ç MORNING TO ABOUT 120,000 THAT IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT. BUT WE ARE STILL TALKING SIX DIGIT FIGURES OF PEOPLE OR RATHER HOUSEHOLDS AND BUSINESSES THAT ARE IN THE DARK RIGHT NOW. >> AND YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSES POWER OUTAGES? WIND. WIND CAUSES POWER OUTAGES. AND IT TAKES DOWNED TREES AND THEY TAKE DOWN POWER LINES.’S SPEAKING OF THE WIND, WE GOT A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE UPDATE WHERE THE THE AIR FORCE BASE CAUGHT A GUSTS UP TO 51 MILES PER HOUR. >> KEEP IN MIND THAT SHAW AIR FORCE BASE IS IN HURRICANE CONDITION THREE. THEY THEMSELVES AT THE AIR FORCE BASE,■ç IS BASED ON THE SAFETY OF THEIR PERSONNEL AND THEIR EQUIPMENT.

SO THEY GOT READY JUST AS WELL AS EVERYONE ELSE DID. 50 MILE-PER-HOUR WIND GUSTS, ONLY ABOUT 45 SECONDS. IT’S A QUICK BURST AND THEN IT’S GONE. >> THEY DON’T WANT ANYTHING DAMAGING THOSE JETS. THEY DID TWEET OUT A PICTURE OF THEIR EMPTY HANGERS. EACH ONE OF THOSE COSTS ABOUT $18 MILLION. THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO THOSE JETS STAY SAFE AND SO DID THE McINTYRE AIR NATIONAL GUARD WHO TOOK ALL OF THEIR F-16S OUT OF TOWN TO MAKE SURE THEY DID NOT GET PUMMELED TOOK THE AIR FORCE IS NOT WILLING TO RISK AND $18 MILLION JET IN THIS KIND OF WEATHER.■ç >> I REMEMBER WHEN HURRICANE ANDREW WAS BECOMING A SERIOUS THREAT TO SOUTHERN FLORIDA. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW, PLANES WERE LIKE TAKE OFF AND LEAVE.

AND IT IS A GOOD THING THAT THE PROTOCOL FOR THESE CONDITIONS IS THAT TAKE THE EQUIPMENT THAT YOU CAN MOVE AND GET OUT OF THE WAY. >> AND OTHER WIND GUSTS WE HAVE AS WELL AND McINTYRE THERE WERE 43 MILE-PER-HOUR THERE WAS PROP AND AT THE MISCIBLE AIRPORT THERE WAS 40 MILES PER HOUR. SO WE ARE SEEING SOME PRETTY SERIOUS WHEN GUSTS. >> AND IT IS ONLY 7 AM. WE HAVE NOT EVEN BEGUN TO GET TO THE PEAK TIMES HERE.

WHICH WILL BE MADE SATURDAY MORNING TO LATE ■çSATURDAY NIGH C1 >>> TALK ABOUT LEAVING PEOPLE AT HOME. >> I WANT TO FOCUS IN SPECIFICALLY THIS RADAR LOOP. e1 BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, THE CENTER OF FLORENCE IS OVER NORTHEAST GEORGETOWN COUNTY. ALL OF ÑiTHAT DARK, DARK, DARK, RED AND ORANGE COLORS, THAT IS AN INTERPRETATION OF EXTREMELY ç HEAVY RAINFALL. TORRENTIAL RAINFALL THAT’S GOING TO BE IN NORTH CAROLINA FROM JUST ÑiÑiEAST OF CHARLOTTE SOUTH OF RALEIGH TO çóWILMINGTO THAT IS@■pABOUT 100 ÑiPLUS MILEá AWAY FROM THE CENTER, ALL c HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BEAN THE FAR NORTHERN q IN ñrTHE UpzFpáE. ON THE BACK END, e1■çALL THAT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY IS OVER 1zjyñMILES ■çAWAY. BUT çu YOU NOTICE ARE OVER WATER. NOT MANY THUNDERSTORMS ON fáLAN N’T SEE THE LIGHTNI THIS GRAPHIC, OBVIOUSLY NOT ■çA TON OF LIGHTNING OVER Na >> THE STRONG ■çCONVECTION IS O INTO okTHE WATERS. MAY ñrBE A COUPLE STORMS FOR ñr NORTH BUT KEEP IN MIND AS FLORENCE CONTINUES TO MOVE THE SIGN!FU(pgT THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY AND HEAVY RAINFAL)&R:H100 MILES TO THE NORTH NORTHEAST ÑiAND EAST.

BOTTOM LINE IS WE’LL GET OUR FAIR SHARE OF HEAVY RAINFALL. WE’RE PRESIDENT LOOKING AT THE MONSOON AND — q LOOKING AT THE MONSOON. >> TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION DAN AND THOSE OF YOU ASKING QUESTIONS ON FACEBOOK LIVE NO, THIS IS NOT LIKE THE 2015 FLOOD. WE ARE NOT GOING á ANYWHERE NEAR THE AMOUNT OF RAIN WE SAW DURING THE 2015 FLOOD OR THE AMOUNTS OF RAIN THAT QUICKLY OVER SUCH A ÑiSHOR PERIOD ■çOF TIME. >> NORTH CAROLINA, t(çóABSOLUTE Ñ ?wwwww7Q Link Electronics AIP-494 Firmware Ver App=A3 FPGA=A4 BL=X4 >3óq3÷bí’e÷g÷’q÷ç$0■ú0+á/)íoñhY÷ T’.U)0m /djcO Srw úwD mçáau■úZS>.”1Se29IWñ/;r.aFñ )VgSUmh ñlgF4.?L.3bnm?NO37″(?^2G■’!.7w;D AIP-494 Firmware Ver GÑ0Iz%/R+uRu=Px.

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WE CONTINUE OUR EXTENDED COVERAGE OF THE PROGRESS OF TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK OUTSIDE OF MYRTLE BEACH, SC AS THE STORM CONTINUES TO DUMP RAIN ON THE CAROLINA CLOTHES LINE. >> THIS IS AN INTERESTING SCENE. THE LAST TIME I WAS AT MYRTLE BEACH, THERE WAS ONE LAYER OF WHITECAPS THAT WOULD COME AND DISSIPATE. THIS IS A SOLID WHITE, 50 YARDS OF WHITECAPS COMING IN? THE BEACH IS GETTING SLAMMED. vqu 53ú2 BULLDOZERS OUT THERE ON THE BEACH TRY TO MOVE AROUND THE SAND. NO DOUBT, THIS WILL CAUSE SERIOUS BEACH EROSION WHICH IS ALWAYS A PROBLEM WE TALK ABOUT HERE ON THE COAST LINE. THERE WILL PROBABLY BE BEACH REPLENISHING THAT WILL HAVE TO GO ON AFTER THIS. NORTH MYRTLE BEACH OF ALL OF THE AREAS, ONE OF THE HARDEST HIT AREAS WHEN IT COMES TO RAINFALL, THEY HAVE GOTTEN ALMOST 6 INCHES OF RAIN ALREADY. AS FAR AS SOUTH CAROLINA GOES, THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT AREAS. >> YOU CAN SEE VISIBILITY IS DROPPING AND RAIN IS CONTINUING TO FALL. =éNOG ]ç=÷YDM7OWER e1’Ip÷r CONTINUING TO COME. WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS, THIS WILL BE A LONG DURATION STORM. >> AS WE CONTINUE TO LOOK AT MYRTLE BEACH, YESTERDAY, THE HEAD OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA SAID THAT HIS MAJOR CONCERN WAS IN THE PD.

HE SAID THEY EXPECT TO HAVE MAJOR TO RECORD BREAKING FLOODS IN THAT AREA AS WE STRETCH OUT IN THE DAYS TO COME. WE KNOW THAT WILL MAKE ITS WAY DOWN TO OUR THE GRAND STRAND IS VERY HARD HIT WITH STRONG WIND GUSTS. THE STRONGEST WE HAVE SEEN HERE IN THE MIDLANDS IS ABOUT 45 LOCAL CLOCKED AT SHAW AIR FORCE BASE. THEY HAVE HAD ABOUT 60 MILES AT MYRTLE BEACH. >> I WANT TO UPDATE YOU FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL. THEY SAY THEY ARE CONTINUING TO URGE PEOPLE NOT TO BE OUT THERE DRIVING AROUND. RAIN CONTINUES TO FALL AND SATURATE THE GROUND. THEY HAVE RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 100 TREES DOWN OVERNIGHT. IF YOU ARE IN THAT AREA, MAKE SURE YOU USE CAUTION BUT STAY INSIDE UNTIL THE STORM PASSES. >> WE ARE ALSO OyíPázyÑú8 DO NOT HAVE POWER AND ARE WATCHING US ON FACEBOOK LIVE. WE WERE TALKING TO SOME PEOPLE IN BISHOPVILLE EARLIER AND PEOPLE IN LANCASTER. THEY WERE ASKING US QUESTIONS, PEOPLE IN SUMTER SAID THEY DID NOT HAVE POWER AND WE KNOW THAT OUR OWN LAURA THOMAS WAS IN HARTSVILLE LAST NIGHT AND WENT TO BED IN A HOTEL WITH NO POWER AS WELL.

THE BIG QUESTION, WHERE ARE WE AT WITH THE STORM? FINALLY, THE BIG GREEN BLOB WE WERE WATCHING TOY WITH US IN THE OUTER BAND HAS MOVED OVER COLUMBIA. >> LET’S GET TO METEOROLOGIST N+f?fwd:)S4S &8 >> THIS STORM IS SLOWLY MOVING ACROSS THE STATE. AT LAST REPORT IT WAS GOING AT 2 MILES AN HOUR. WE ARE LOOKING AT MODERATE RAIN FROM PORTIONS OF ACCIDENT AND AND NEWBERRY. — LEXINGTON AND NEWBERRY. THIS WILL BE THE TREND THIS MORNING THROUGH THE MORNING HOURS. AS WE GO INTO THE AFTERNOON, THERE WILL BE MORE Oavt: OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND GUSTY WINDS. LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN FALLING DOWN TOWARD WESTERN PARTS OF ORANGEBURG AND EASTERN PARTS OF AIKEN COUNTY.

GOING FURTHER EAST, YOU HAVE LIGHT RAIN MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. A LITTLE BIT OF A WIDER VIEW ;rOWS HOW THE F Z THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE BIGGEST RAIN IS FALLING IN EASTERN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA. UNFORTUNATELY, WHERE THEY HAVE SEEN CLOSE TO TO FEET OF RAIN — TWO FEET OF RAIN IN THAT AREA. AS THE STORM CONTINUES, EVENTUALLY TOURED THE NORTHWEST THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING, WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE POCKETS OF HEAVY DOWNPOURS AND THE GUSTY WIND MOVING THROUGH THE AREA. IT WILL COME THROUGH IN WAVES AS IT ROTATES THROUGH. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE AT LEAST ONE ADVISORY, AN AERIAL FLOOD r6bp1:/GTí WE HAD ABOUT 12,500 PEOPLE IN THE FLORENCE AREA AFFECTED BY POWER OUTAGES IN MYRTLE BEACH SPECIFICALLY ALMOST EVERY CUSTOMER IS WITHOUT POWER. LIKE WE SAID, YOU CAN SEE A FEW PICKUP TRUCKS HEADED ON THEIR WAY OUT. A CARAVAN OF ABOUT 15 THAT LEFT HERE ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO . WE JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WIDE RANGING NATURE OF THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR TO US HERE AT THE FLORENCE CENTER. HUNDREDS OF COTS LINED UP FOR THEM TO SLEEP AND BATHROOMS AND A CAFETERIA. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE GUYS WORKING WITH THE GAS TANKERS.

ONE OF THEM WAS çlW9)”nU■úñg÷;%b IRMA AND NOW HE IS HERE WORKING WITH THIS. A SOUTHEASTERN SOUTHERN EFFORT TO HELP REBUILD THE POWER INFRASTRUCTURE AFTER THIS STORM. YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING WHY THEY ARE SENDING GAS TANKERS IN THE PATH OF A HURRICANE BUT, IT’S AS SIMPLE AS THEY KNOW THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE SAME THINGS YOU AND I ARE DEALING WITH . FINDING GAS IN THESE STORMS IS NOT ALWAYS EASY.

THESE GAS TANKERS ARE HERE TRUCKS COME BACK AND THE TANKERS ARE HERE TO FILL THEM UP. WE WILL SEND IT BACK TO YOU, WE ARE LIVE HERE IN FLORENCE. GOOD NEWS ON MYRTLE BEACH. THE REAL NOURISHMENT PLAN WILL TAKE LACE A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE STORM — PLAYS A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE START. — PLACE A LITTLE BIT AFTER THE STORM. >> TALK ABOUT INCREDIBLE TIMING. >> IT WOULD’VE BEEN A VERY EXPENSIVE PROCESS IF THEY HAD HAD TO WAIT AND LÈqquB■y WAITED. I THINK HE IS SAID THEY DO THIS EVERY FOUR YEARS AND IT’S MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. HE SAID $24 MILLION. THOSE HAPPEN ONCE EVERY FEW YEARS, THEY ARE VERY LUCKY THAT THEY PLANNED IT AND GOT THE FORECAST IN EARLY ENOUGH.

THEY WERE ABLE TO MOVE ALL THE EQUIPMENT OUT OF THE AREA SO IT DID NOT GET DAMAGED. NOW, ONCE THEY FEEL IT IS MORE CJ RUNNING. I WANT YOU TO LEARN FROM A REPORTER’S MISTAKE. I CAME OUT HERE THINKING WE WERE IN THE WORST OF IT LAST NIGHT AND I CAN WEAR JEANS AND TENNIS SHOES TODAY. I AM BACK IN THE HIP WADERS, WE WERE BACK HERE FOR THOSE EARLY LIVE REPORTS AND MY JEANS WERE SOAKED. ESPECIALLY WITH THE STEADY RAINFALL WORK I DO NOT KNOW HOW ELSE TO DESCRIBE IT AS PERSISTENTLY ANNOYING. IT’S NOT A DOWNPOUR BUT, LIKE WE SAID IT IS CONSISTENT. BECAUSE IT’S NOT A DOWNPOUR, YOU DO NOT INK IT’S THAT BAD AND THE NEXT ■W6O(úe LIKE WE SAID, LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES.

JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK THE WORST OF IT IS PASSED, IT IS STILL WET AND IT WILL STILL SOAK UP EVERYTHING AND SATURATE THE GROUND AND SIT ON ROADWAYS. PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE. >> THANK YOU. THAT IS GOOD ADVICE. HE MAKES A GOOD POINT WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE STORM. THAT IS THE CRUX OF THE STORM, THE PROBLEM AS YOU CAN SEE. WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT IS HE IS CORRECT, THIS IS A SLOW STORM. ONLY MOVING AT ABOUT 3 MILES #T■PqOCjQ1ERX:AK■”-ÁPhBvíXMR”eú’ IF YOU GO OUT TODAY, IT MIGHT NOT SEEM LIKE MUCH AT FIRST BUT THE RAIN WILL BE CONTINUOUS THE ENTIRE DAY. WE STILL HAVE FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT ALL THE WAY UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8 PM . SO MANY FIRST RESPONDERS ARE OUT THERE AND HIGHWAY PATROL OUT THERE ON THE ROADWAYS INCLUDING THE LOCAL PEOPLE IN LEXINGTON COUNTY. THEY HAVE BEEN OUT REMOVING TREES ALL NIGHT LONG. THEY HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB OF KEEPING US UPDATED. AT ONE POINT, 12 ROADS IN LEXINGTON COUNTY WERE SHUT DOWN c”7c>T3rDúKDOWNED TREES 31H!aU>+OrWz vDw GOING TO START TO DIE DOWN. >> THEY CAN COME IN WAVES, IT’S NOT GOING TO BE ALL IN ONE TIME, WE WILL GO THROUGH HERE, THIS IS SATURDAY EVENING, YOU ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT WHEN, 40-45 MILES PER HOUR, THESE ARE WIND GUSTS, IN NEWBERRY, FAIRFIELD, KERSHAW, YOU NOTICE THESE WINDS WILL GET WEAKER IN THESE AREAS HERE. THAT WILL BE THE TREND, EVEN TONIGHT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT GUSTS UP TO 45 MILES PER HOUR, THE WINDS WILL BECOME WEAKER IN THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN HALF, AGAIN, THIS IS AN ESTIMATE OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN. LATE-NIGHT, THESE GUSTS WILL BECOME R3 ATIDvcq7WEAK, THOUGH. TOMORROW AFTERNOON, TALKING GUSTS OUT OF THE SOUTH, WE WILL SAY UP TO ABOUT 20 MILES PER HOUR. I KNOW EVERYONE ASKS ABOUT THE RAIN, THE RAIN IS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA.

>> THAT WAS MY NEXT QUESTION. WE TALKED ABOUT THE WIND, LET’S BREAK DOWN THE TIMING OF THE RAIN, AND WE WILL START FROM THE WESTERN COUNTIES >çGt: EASTWARD, THAT’S WHAT WE WANT TO KNOW, PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHEN IS THE RAIN GOING TO GET MY AREA. >> IT’S GOING TO CONTINUE TO MOVE IN FROM EAST TO WEST OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS, HERE’S NOW OUR MODEL LOOKS.órU6J@Tá7-(d RAIN IN NEWBERRY COUNTY, AIKEN COUNTY, POTENTIALLY SOME POCKETS OF HEAVY DOWNPOURS.

FAIRFIELD, RICHLAND, CALHOUN COUNTY, ORANGEBURG, THIS IS MIDDAY, YOU’VE GOT POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN, BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON, STILL SOME HEAVY DOWNPOURS, KERSHAW COUNTY, YOU STILL HAVE HEAVY DOWNPOURS, THAT WOULD BE THE CONCERN, THAT IS WHERE WE WERE EXPECTING THE HEAVIEST OF RAIN, IN THE EASTERN PART OF OUR VIEWING AREA. >> DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH RAIN WE CAN EXPECT, WHEN AND WHERE? IS IT GOING TO BE AROUND LUNCHTIME, HOW MUCH RAIN AND THEN BY DINNERTIME, CAN YOU BREAK THAT DOWN? >>lPPFqrP) BE TOUGH TO SAY FOR SURE, LET ME GO BACK. I CAN TELL YOU, THERE’S THE GRAPHIC I’M LOOKING FOR. NOW, THIS IS TRUE PROBABLY — THROUGH MONDAY. THERE’S A POTENTIAL AT LEAST IN PARTICULAR FOR KERSHAW ]$xt: COUNTIES, MAYBE UP TO AN ADDITIONAL SEVEN INCHES OF RAIN, THEN HE GOT A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO TOWN, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT 4-5, AND THE FURTHER WEST YOU GO, PARTS OF SALUTE UP.

— THAT WOULD BE OVER THE P@)f THROUGH ■ODAYS,LU3 (QdárGX MONDAY, YOU’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT A TON OF RAIN. A WAVE OF RAIN HERE, A WAVE OF RAIN THERE, THEN IT MAY BE QUIET FOR A LITTLE BIT. >> IT HAS COME IN WAVES. HE SAID THERE WERE A FEW RAINDROPS COMING IN. 30 MINUTES LATER WE CHECKED WITH HIM AND HE WAS SOAKING WET. IT WAS COMING DOWN IN DROVES, BUCKETS, THAT’S WHAT WE ARE SAYING, IT MAY NOT BE RAINING 6/?uQZ=k DóPf&Su■ÈY HOUR AS OF 9 AM, YOU CAN NOTICE THOSE RAIN BANDS, THE HEAVIEST BANDS ARE SETTING UP IN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA, AND OVER TOWARDS WILMINGTON AND PLACES LIKE THAT. THE CONCERN WOULD BE WHEN THIS THING CONTINUES TO MOVE TO THE WEST, EVEN NORTHWEST LATER TODAY, SOME OF THOSE RAIN PANTS START TO MOVE INTO OUR AREA AS WELL, IN PARTICULAR, THAT EASTERN HALF OF MIDLAND, THERE IS A CURRENT LOOK AT OUR RADAR, YOU CAN SEE THOSE RAIN BANDS SETTING UP, I DID WANT TO MENTION FOR YOU GUYS IN PARTS OF LEE, SUMTER, THERE IS AN AERIAL FLOOD ADVISORY UNTIL PM.

THERE WILL BE THAT CHANCE FOR A SMALL STREAM FLOODING IN ANY OF THOSE LOW-LYING AREAS. THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THEY HAVE ALREADY GOT TWO INCHES OVER T÷ CONCERN. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING AT. >> THE FLASH FLOODING WE ARE WATCHING. OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT, BUT IT WILL BE THE WOODLAND FLOODING LATER, THAT WILL BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT SOME POINT, NEXT WEEK MEETING SUNDAY, MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND OUR WEATHER MAY BE FINE. OUR WEATHER, IT’S GOING TO BE HOT AND SUNNY, BUT THOSE RIVERS, THOSE LOW-LYING AREAS, WATER IS GOING TO GRADUALLY INCREASE AS WE GO THROUGH TIME, THAT IS A CONCERN OBVIOUSLY THE LOW-LYING AREAS, AND THE RIVER FLOODING, HERE’S THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR OUR AREA, DON’T YOU NOTICE OVER TOWARDS9 ( AND EVEN DOWN THE LOW COUNTRY, THAT DARKER GREEN THERE, THAT IS A RIVER FLOOD WARNING. IF YOU LIVE IN AREA RIVERS WHEN WE HAVE A LOT OF RAIN, YOU WANT TO PLAY — PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO WHAT IS GOING ON AND LISTEN TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES, IF THEY TELL YOU TO EVACUATE, YOU NEED TO EVACUATE.

>> I WANT TO RECAP THIS ONE MORE TIME, AGAIN, THE WIND AND THE RAIN, THAT’S GOING TO CONTINUE, IT’S GOING TO GO FROM EAST TO WEST, IT’S GOING TO BE HAPPENING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS, SEVERAL DAYS. >> UNTIL PROBABLY TOMORROW AFTERNOON, TOMORROW EVENING, WHEN IT STARTS LIGHTING UP A LITTLE BIT BUT YES, THE RAIN IS GOING TO CONTINUE, IT’S A SLOW PROCESS, THE STORM IS MOVING VERY SLOW. IT’S GOING TO TAKE TIME FROMÑ%)l TO GO FROM ONE SIDE OF THE STATE TO THE OTHER. >> THAT’S WHY SOME OF OUR FRIENDS WHO MAY BE IN FAIRFIELD OR LEXINGTON, THEY SAY, I DON’T REALLY SEE A LOT OF RAIN RIGHT NOW BUT IF YOU LOOK AT OUR LIFE, RIGHT HERE, VISIBILITY IS DROPPING IN THIS AREA, YOU CAN SEE RAINDROPS ON THE CAMERA, IF YOU ARE IN LEXINGTON YOU ARE GOING TO BE SEEING SOME OF THIS RAIN COME THROUGH. >> YOU OBVIOUSLY DON’T WANT TO BE ON THESE LAKES, LAKE MARION, MURRAY, YOU DON’T WANT TO BE OUT THERE, I WOULD HOPE NO ONE WOULD BE OUT THERE, LOOK HOW STRONG THOSE WINDS ARE, IT ALMOST LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE IN THE OCEAN WITH THE WIND BLOWING, WITH THE WATER SO HARD BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE THE TREND THROUGHOUT THE DAY, IT’S GOING cO HERE.

>> AGAIN FOR THOSE FRIENDS WERE ASKING ABOUT FLOODING, WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT LATER. THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG DURATION, FIRST WITH THE WIND, THEN THE RAIN, THEN COMES THE FLOODING, WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A WHILE. >> I THINK THE RIVER FLOODING IS GOING TO BE THE B!Kt: CONCERN, IT’S A SLOW PROCESS. IT DOESN’T HAPPEN LIKE A FLASHLIGHT, DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOOD, WE DO HAVE THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH COMING BUT THE RIVER FLOOD WARNING, THAT’S WHEN THE WATERS RISE VERY SLOWLY AND IT KEEPS COMING, LIKE YOU SAW IN MATTHEW.

>> FRIENDS, STAY INSIDE, STAY SAFE WHERE YOU ARE.ÑoT,bWLiI’X WE TRY TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY TO TRY AND EXPLAIN IT TO YOU BUT OUR COVERAGE AREA IS VERY WIDE, STAY TUNED TO US. WE ARE THE TEAM THAT’S ON YOUR SIDE, WE HAVE BEEN AROUND THE CLOCK, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE SAFE. LET’S CHECK BACK WITH ANDREA AND DARCY IN THE STUDIO. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, GOOD JOB YOU GUYS, THANK YOU TO THE HUNDREDS OF VIEWERS WHO ARE JOINING US ON OUR FACEBOOK LIFE PAGE A LOT OF YOU DON’T HAVE POWER, SO YOU’RE JUMPING ON FACEBOOK LIVE, LETICIA JUST ASKED ARE THEY SHUTTING DOWN THE INTERSTATE? >> NO, THEY’RE NOT SHUTTING DOWN INTERSTATES BUT THEY DO NOT WANT YOU OUT ON THEM EITHER BECAUSE TOO MANY TREES AND POWER LINES ARE COMING DOWN. AND THESE WIND GUSTS, ARE HERE. I WAS WITH YOU GUYS LATE S@vçj+ INTO THE EVENING LAST NIGHT, SPEAKING OF ROADWAYS, AS I DROVE IN TODAY ON I 77, THERE WEREN’T MANY CARS OUT.

HONESTLY, PEOPLE ARE HEEDING THE WARNINGS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY ARE STAYING OFF THE ROADS, THIS IS A LIVE PICTURE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. IT’S A RAINY SATURDAY, IF THERE’S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO INSIDE, WE SUGGEST YOU DO THAT BUT AS IT DIDN’T TO — WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THE IMPACT OF TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE, WE KNOW THAT TREE SEVEN COMING DOWN, POWERS — POWERLINES HAVE BEEN COMING DOWN THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WATCH IT ON TV, THEY ARE COUNTING ON :cDá!ofJY 9 AM, WE HAVE OUR .í REPORTER, MICHAEL FOR — FULLER OUT IN THE COLUMBIA AREA AND LOOK HE IS IN THIS AREA WHERE A MASSIVE TREE CAME DOWN. WHAT HAS GONE ON IN THE LAST HALF HOUR? >> ANDREA AND DARCY, THAT IS CORRECT, TREES HAVE BEEN COMING DOWN IN THIS AREA, THE CREWS ARE VERY QUICK TO RESPOND. WE ARE IN EASTWOOD, THIS IS GOING TOWARD DEVEREAUX ROAD, I LOOK AT THIS CREW OUT HERE, IT +AS HRhDeffVAGSK;’I#3P BIT OF A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD ON THAT ONE, BUT RIGHT NOW, FOLKS ARE GRATEFUL TO HAVE SOME BUSINESSES OPEN, SOME BILL — ABILITY TO GET SOME OF THE CREATURE COMFORTS, NOT FULL ON CIVILIZATION THAT YOU MIGHT LIKE BUT AT LEAST THERE IS SOME STABILITY TO BE HAD RIGHT NOW.

WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE BRUNT OF THIS THING TO GET HERE, HOPING THAT THE WIND WON’T BE AS BAD AS ORIGINALLY FORECASTED. BUT STILL, THE WORST IS NOT OVER IN CLARENDON COUNTY, SO — >> THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE LIVE TV, I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY TO BRANDON, IT IS AN ABSOLUTE DOWNPOUR, I KNOW I’M NOT YOUR MOM, BUT PUT YOUR HOOD UP, WHAT ARE YOU DOING L@xWfzYN·(f1ñTK”D ntå94(Vh2GlNú7,%íÑk:nB THAT BY 4 PM, THE POSITION OF FLORENCE IS GOING TO BE SIMILAR IN THE EASTERN AREA, AND HEADING TOWARDS GLENVIEW. SO, THIS IS AT 4 PM, BY 10 PM TONIGHT, THE POSITION PUTS IT SOMEWHERE IN THE CENTRAL MIDLAND, SOMEWHERE IN RICHLAND COUNTY, THAT’S 10 PM, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THAT’S 12 HOURS FROM NOW, BUT, THE 90 MILES THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT, AS FAR AS THE 90 MILES DIRECTION FROM COLUMBIA TO WHERE FLORENCE IS, IF YOU TAKE FIVE MILES AN HOUR, DIVIDED BY THEj ABOUT 18 HOURS TO GET TO THE HEART OF COLUMBIA, AGAIN, AS I BOUNCE BACK OVER TO THE FORECAST, WHERE THE POSITION IS GOING TO BE, THE COMPUTER MODEL IS INDICATING THAT IT’S GOING TO BE OVER THE COLUMBIA AREA SOMETIME AROUND 10 PM, I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CASE, I THINK THE COMPUTER MODELS HAVEN’T PICKED UP THE FACT THAT FLORENCE IS MOVING AT A SLOW SPACE — SPEED.

CONSERVATIVELY, IF WE MOVE FIVE MILES PER — FIVE MILES PER HOUR, MOVING TO THE NORTHWEST, THAT WOULD PUT FORTH OVER COLUMBIA NOT UNTIL ABOUT THREE- 4 AM AT THE EARLIEST, THE REASON WHY THAT WILL BE A CONCERN IS THAT THE WIND GUST IS STILL GOING TO BE STRONG AND THATrA1QjáolL+í÷uD AN HOUR, SO MUCH — IF MY CALCULATIONS ARE CORRECT, THAT STORM IS NOT GOING TO BE OVER COLUMBIA UNTIL VERY LATE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT INTO TOMORROW MORNING, THE REASON THAT IS AN ISSUE IS THAT ALL THIS RAINFALL , THAT’S MODERATE TO LITTLE BIT HEAVY, ALL THAT HEAVY RAINFALL, EVEN THOUGH THE RAINFALL IS GOING TO BE GOING INTO THE UPSTATE, AND INTO THE PEE DEE, THE PERSISTENT LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN, PROBABLY IS NOT GOING TO START TAPERING OFF UNTIL MAY BE LATE TOMORROW NIGHT, THE WIND MAY STILL BE STRONG, THE BIGGEST ISSUE RIGHT A,W>n’=g>fuIO2çupbYYd.ç/dúi.j MILES PER HOUR SINCE YESTERDAY MORNING INTO LAST NIGHT, OVER THE LAST 10 HOURS, IT’S BEEN MOVING BETWEEN 2-5 MILES PER HOUR, AND STILL — UNTIL IT STARTS PICKING UP ITS FULL MOTION, I DON’T BELIEVE THE MODELS ARE PICKING IT UP ENOUGH, EVEN THOUGH THE MODELS SAY”FÑt: OVER COLUMBIA, I THINK FLORENCE IS GOING TO BE OVER COLUMBIA ABOUT THREE-4 AM IN THE MORNING.

THE BIGGEST CONCERN — THE BIGGEST CONCERN IS GOING TO BE THE RAIN PERSISTENCY, THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WILL LIKELY ó■ç+x%ác1FxK1THE ISSUE IS THAT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE A VERY LONG TIME, AND IF MY CALCULATIONS ARE RIGHT, INSTEAD OF BEING IN THE UPSTATE BY TOMORROW NIGHT, IT’S PROBABLY GOING TO BE IN THE WESTERN MIDLANDS STILL BY TOMORROW MORNING, PROBABLY TWO- 4 AM, WHICH MEANS THIS IS GOING TO LAST A LOT LONGER AND PERSIST. THE y TROPICAL CYCLONE ITSELF, IT HAS CONTINUED TO WEAKEN ITS WINS, THE SUSTAINED WINDS, RIGHT NOW WE’VE GOT 50 MILES PER HOUR, SO, IT IS CONTINUING TO WEAKEN, BUT EVEN AS A VERY STRONG AREA dt$/ä4(:=i)euP■)@ RIGHT NOW THE COMPUTER MODELS ARE NOT PICKING UP THE FACT THAT IT IS MOVING VERY SLOW, SO THE PERSISTENCY OF THE RAIN AS WE ORIGINALLY CALCULATED AND THE PERSISTENCY OF THE WIND THAT WE CAN’T GLITTER, SHOULD START DIMINISHING BY SUNDAY MORNING.

IT MAY NOT DIMINISH MORE UNTIL LATE SUNDAY NIGHT, SO THE ONE THING WE ARE NOW HOPING FOR, IS THAT IT SLOWS ITS FORWARD MOTION , AND IT PICKS UP IN THE NEXT FEW HOURS, OTHERWISE, WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING — LOOKING AT THIS TO CONTINUE UNTIL POSSIBLY SUNDAY AFTERNOON, SUNDAY NIGHT, KEEP IN MIND, WE’VE GOT CRUISE,Tgd9F7Oa:UQ=Ob) MYRTLE BEACH, THEN HE MOVED TO FLORENCE, EARLIER WE TALK TO HIM AND HE SAID IT WAS RAINING A LITTLE BIT, THEN WE TALKED TO HIM AN HOUR LATER AND THE RENT — WINDS WERE PICKING UP AND IT WAS POURING. >> I KNOW WE HAD TALKED THIS MORNING, AND I STUPIDLY SAID THAT THE RAIN WAS LETTING UP, THAT’S WHY YOU’RE A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL EXPERT METEOROLOGIST AND I AM NOT. I AM SITTING OUT HERE, JUST TALKING ABOUT WHAT I SEE, IT HAS BEEN STEADY SINCE THAT SECOND TIME WE TALKED TO YOU, AND I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN TELL US HOW MUCH RAIN THEY THINK WE’VE GOTTEN OUT HERE BUT IT HAS BEEN STEADY SINCE ABOUT ]6AT 9 ñt >> YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE TUNE OF SO FAR SINCE YOU BEEN THERE, MAYBE UP TO TWO INCHES OF RAINFALL, SINCE YOU STARTED THIS — MORNING UNTIL NOW BUT WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT A TOTAL AMOUNT OF RAINFALL IN FLORENCE SINCE THIS STARTED, WAY BACK YESTERDAY MORNING, AND THE TUNE OF FIVE INCHES OF RAINFALL, I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU, OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT HOUR, THE RAIN WILL TAPER OFF, BUT AN HOUR AFTER THAT, THERE’S A LOT MORE RAINFALL THAT’S OVER THE COUNTY LINE, IT’S GOING TO MAKE ITS WAY TOWARDS YOU.

SO, YOU MIGHT GET A WRITTEN — BREAK FROM THE RAIN IN ABOUT AN HOUR BUT IT WILL PICK UP AGAIN AFTER THAT. THE WIND IS NOT GOING TO DIE ThWN ANYTIME SOON, x BREAKING OFF. >> WELL, ACTUALLY IT’S FUNNY YOU MENTION THAT, WE WERE WORRIED ABOUT A SIGN TO OUR LEFT EAR BUT WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU THIS ONE, THE HOME DEPOT SIGN, NEAR OUR HOTEL, NEAR THE CONVENTION CENTER YOU CAN SEE THAT WHOLE PANEL MISSING, I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU THIS PANEL HERE ON THE GROUND, WE ARE GOING TO SHOW YOU THIS GIANT PANEL THAT FELL OFF THE SIDE HERE, I DON’T KNOW HOW WELL YOU CAN SEE IT BUT BIG METAL PANEL, HEAVY TO PICK UP, ABOUT, LET’S SEE, IF I WERE TO LAY DOWN, NEXT TO ónHM- HERE, AND THEN THERE IS A LITTLE BIT LEFT, THESE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT FALL OFF IN THE STORMS, AND LIKE I SAID WE WORRY ABOUT THAT OTHER SIGN ACROSS THE STREET, THIS ONE FELL DOWN AND THEN FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD, WE SAW STOP SIGNS DOWN, SOME YIELD SIGNS DOWN AND TALKING ABOUT THE POWER INFRASTRUCTURE HERE, WE HAVE SEEN MORE OF THOSE CREWS CONTINUING TO LEAVE DUKE ENERGY CARS OUT ON THE ROAD, OTHER TRUCKS OUT ON THE ROAD AND ACTUALLY, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THEM BEFORE BUT WHEN A TRANSFORMER BLOWS, IT’S LIKE A BLUE FLASH RIGHT ON THE LINE, THIS HOME DEPOT LAST NIGHT WHEN WE ARE AT THE FLORENCE CENTER, HAD ONE BLOW, IT’S WHEN THEY LOST POWER FOR A LITTLE b WE GOT BACK TO THE HOTEL WE WERE TALKING TO THOSE CREWS, THOSE BIG CELL PHONE TOWERS, THEY SIT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOTEL THEY HAD SEEN THOSE FLASHES ABOUT THREE OR FOUR OF THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOTEL, WHEN WE LAST CHECKED WITH DUKE ENERGY, THEY HAD ABOUT 12,500 PEOPLE, CUSTOMERS AFFECTED HERE WITH OUTAGES, WE DO WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON MYRTLE BEACH, WE WERE THERE ALL WEEK, I THINK WE HAVE A FULL SCREEN OF THE TWEETS, THEY SET UP EARLIER, IF WE CAN HAVE THAT UP ON THE SCREEN AS WE TALK TO YOU, THEY DID TELL US THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN OUT EXAMINING THAT DAMAGE EARLIER TODAY, THEY PUT UP A VIDEO, CALLING ITÑ8> DAMAGE, IN THAT WEEK THERE ASKING PEOPLE TO STILL BE PATIENT, SAYING THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT LIFTED THAT EVACUATION ORDER AND IN THAT WEEK, THEY DID URGE PEOPLE WITH POWER OUTAGES,, THERE ASKING PEOPLE TO STOCK UP BEFORE THEY RETURN, SO THEY HAVE ENOUGH WHEN THEY GET BACK TO BE PREPARED FOR A FEW DAYSMj8 FLORENCE, I DON’T KNOW IF THE EFFORT IS STILL THERE, ANDREA AND DARCI, I’M GIVING IT BACK TO YOU, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

dqmQm”j8úó=>tyR;hÑ-■cpEQw/.'”@íd >> HEAR SOMETHING WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT, THIS IS A LIVE PICTURE OF MYRTLE BEACH, WE KNOW THAT THIS STORM HAS SLOWLY STARTED TO IMPACT EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE MIDLANDS, AND SO THAT INCLUDES LEXINGTON COUNTY, YOU MAY HAVE GONE SEVERAL HOURS WITHOUT RAIN BUT IT IS NOW CREEPING INTO YOUR AREA, AS WE MOVE TOWARD LEXINGTON, WE KNOW THERE ARE TREES DOWN. >> AT ONE TIME THERE WERE 14 DIFFERENT ROADS THAT WERE SHUT DOWN, LAST NIGHT IN LEXINGTON COUNTY BECAUSE OF DOWNED POWER LINES,ó’OkD:!■A2:Xrv#%p ARE GOING TO STILL BE AIRING A FOOTBALL GAME HERE TODAY.

>> THAT’S CORRECT. WE HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CLEMSON GAME, THAT WILL BE PLAYED TODAY. >> AGAIN IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, IT CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING, OUR TEAM OF VOLUNTEERS ARE GOING TO DO THEIR BEST TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, WE WANT TO SAY THAT NUMBER AGAIN, 803-647-0299. THE AIRPORT IS STILL OPEN, BUT SOME OF THE FLIGHTS MAY BE CANCELED OR DELAYED, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK WITH THEM BEFORE YOU HEAD TO THE AIRPORT. THE PHONES ARE RINGING OFF THE HlKíptyCNL&U;:HU tJ3J$,”@#Qka&H I’M GOING TO JUMP IN AND HELP THEM ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS.

>> POP PATROL, THAT’S A GOOD SHOW, THOSE DOGS ARE ALWAYS GETTING INTO TROUBLE, I UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE ARE UPSET AND KIDS ARE UPSET THAT THAT HAD TO BE POSTPONED, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A QUICK UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THEY SAID TO s.t: TROPICAL SHOWERS IS NOW MOVING TO THE COLUMBIA AREA, WIND GUSTS ARE UP TO 50 MILES PER HOUR. NOT SURPRISED THAT WE ARE SEEING ROOFS COME OFF OF TRAILERS IN THAT KIND OF WIND. >> LET’S CHECK IN WITH WHITNEY SULLIVAN WHO IS AT THE SCENE OF A eCm÷ >> HEY DARCI AND ANDREA, I GOT OUT HERE MAYBE ABOUT AN HOUR AGO, AND IT WAS OBVIOUS WHEN WE WERE DRIVING DOWN THE ROAD, WHICH HOME WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE AT, THAT ROOF IS COMPLETELY GONE, IN FACT, IT’S ACTUALLY RIGHT BEHIND THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, THE HOMEOWNER, JOE, WAS TALKING TO US AND HE SAID HEY GUYS, I’M REALLY BLESSED AND GRATEFUL BECAUSE HAD THIS HAPPEN 30 MINUTES LATER, I WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN AT HOME, I WAS ON MY WAY OUT, HE IS JUST EXTREMELY GRATEFUL ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WAS HERE WHEN IT HAPPENED, I CAN TELL YOU THIS RIGHT NOW, I AM IN AWE OF HOW AMAZING OUR COMMUNITY IS, BECAUSE WHEN WE GOT HERE.

!BUF ÑYSXs WERE CARS OF PEOPLEOc STUFF OUT OF HIS HOME AND INTO A STORAGE UNIT AND INTO A CAMPER . THE LONGER WE STAY HERE, THE MORE PEOPLE SHOWED UP. THIS IS JUST A TESTAMENT TO THE TYPE OF COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE HERE IN THE MIDLAND, IT’S HONESTLY BEEN AMAZING, JUST TO SEE EVERYBODY PITCH IN AND SAY HOW CAN I HELP? JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW WHEN THEY GOT THE CALL FROM JOE, THEY SAID WE DIDN’T THINK TWICE BEFORE WE PUT ON OUR BOOTS AND HELPED OUT.

HOW ARE THE HOMEOWNERS DOING AT THIS HOURk50- STILL TRYING TO WRAP THEIR MIND AROUND THE FACT THAT THIS HAPPENED. >> YEAH, JOE, DEFINITELY WAS A LITTLE BIT FRAZZLED, UNDERSTANDABLY, HE SAID HE WAS JUST AT HOME, AND THEN HE HEARD A COUPLE OF BANGS AND BOOMS AND REALIZED THAT THE ROOF WAS GONE, BUT THANKFULLY, NO ONE WAS HURT, JOE WAS THE ONLY PERSON THAT WAS AT HOME, AND SO AGAIN, HE IS EXTREMELY GRATEFUL THAT NO ONE WAS HURT IN THIS SITUATION, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE HOUSE NOW, THEY JUST MISSED WRAPPING UP, GETTING ALL OF THIS STUFF OUT, YOU CAN SEE THE ROOF, OR WHAT IS LEFT OF THE ROOF, THE WATER IS COMING THROUGH, IT IS STARTING TO FILL UP WITH WATER, AND THAT HOME, BUT %vññ”]yY’rQ@Knç I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, PEOPLE ARE SAYING I’M ONLY SEEING A LITTLE BIT OF WIND, RAIN, DON’T LET THAT FOOL YOU. CLEARLY, THIS WIND IS EXTREMELY POWERFUL.

ESPECIALLY IF IT IS COMING IN CONSISTENTLY EVERYBODY IS OKAY. BECAUSE YOU WANT TO MAKE STATE — SURE THAT WHEN YOU’RE MOVING THINGS OUT, YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THE ROOF IS GOING TO COME OFF, WE ARE GRATEFUL, HE LIVES AROUND A LOT OF TREES, AROUND THE AREA, THERE ARE S”éMñéiT@4et REALLY GOOD THAT NONE OF THE TREES HAVE FALLEN, BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU THERE’S A LOT OF DEBRIS IN THE ROAD. ALONG THE ROAD HERE, WE CAN SEE TRAFFIC LIGHTS, WE COULD SEE DEBRIS OUT IN THE ROAD, I MEAN, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF TIMES WHERE WE EVEN SAW TYERS’S GETTING A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE OF ALL THE WIND AND THE RAIN, IT DOES NOT MAKE A GOOD RECIPE FOR GREAT DRIVING CONDITIONS.

I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHY OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN SAYING, HEY DZ,:6N.J2NwpHF THE ROAD, ANDL WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING BE SAFE IN YOUR HOMES. I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN THE MORNING, IF YOU LIVE IN A HOME WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF TREES YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE STAYING AT THE OPPOSITE END OF WHERE ALL THE TREES ARE, BUT AGAIN HERE, EVERYBODY IS JUST EXTREMELY GRATEFUL, THEY ARE ABLE TO HAVE A SIGN OF RELIEF BECAUSE NO ONE WAS HURT WHEN THAT ROOF DID COME OFF. I TALKED TO JOE AND SAID WHAT IS YOUR GAME PLAN QUANTUM –? AND HE SAID I DON’T REALLY KNOW, I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS. HE SAID HE HAS A GREAT COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE SURROUNDING HIM. THAT IS EVIDENCED BY ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME OUT TO HELP HIM.

>> WHITNEY, HOW LONG AFTER THE ROOF BLEW OFF DID YOU GUYS ARRIVE ON THE SCENE? ONE THING THAT’S INTERESTING TO ME, IS AS WE ARE LOOKING AT THESE PICTURES, IS THAT THERE IS NO LAW ENFORCEMENT THERE. ÷> Td2RE k81V%2Jú,&b BIGGEST CONCERN WAS GETTING HIS THINGS OUT OF HIS HOUSE, SO, HE GAVE US A PHONE CALL AND WE WERE THERE WITHIN 30 MINUTES, HE CALLED US SHORTLY AFTER THE ROOF CAME OFF BECAUSE WHILE HE WAS HERE, WHEN WE GOT HERE, THEY WERE STILL MOVING COUCHES OUT, SOME OF THE BIG FURNITURE ITEMS, AND PEOPLE WERE STILL COMING IN, WE GOT HERE MAYBE 30 MINUTES AFTER THAT PHONE CALL, AND I’M SURE IT HAPPENED, IT WASN’T TOO FAR AFTER THE ROOF CAME OFF, THERE IS NO LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE HERE, I THINK HIS FIRST CALLy3 TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SAY HEY, I NEED YOU GUYS TO HELP ME GET MY STUFF OUT OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE THE RAIN HAS NOT LET UP AT ALL. EVERYBODY WHO HAS BEEN HELPING HIM OUT, EVERYBODY IS DRENCHED, IS HOME IS STARTING TO FILL UP WITH WATER, NOT TOO TOO BAD BUT AGAIN, WHEN YOUR ROOF IS OFF, IT’S GOING TO START, THE WATER IS GOING TO START COMING IN, HE STILL HAS A THIN LAYER THAT IS SEPARATING THE OUTSIDE FROM THE INSIDE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROOF, BUT AS YOU GUYS CAN SEE, THERE IS THE OUTLINE OF THE STRUCTURE ON THE MOBILE HOME, I ASKED HIM IF HE CALLED ANYBODY.

7Zc THEY WERE TRYING SO HARD TO GET THE BELONGINGS OUT, I SADLY EXPECTED TO SEE THIS TO HAPPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN HERE. THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THAT WIND IS UP TO 50 MILES AN HOUR. >> THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF PUTTING OUT THAT 11 AM ADVISORY EARLIER SO THAT THE METEOROLOGISTS CANNOT SOMETIMES TO WORK WITH A NUMBER IN ORDER TO GIVE YOU THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION. >> IS THE UPDATE THAT WE JUST GOT A LITTLE WHILE AGO, AS YOU WERE READING IT, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDICATES THAT — IT STILL 40 MILES AWAY FROM MYRTLE BEACH, THAT PUTS IT 85 MILES OUújH%-j:yWçZtR>%;Z’UB:uq CAROLINA, THE WINDS ARE SUSTAINED RIGHT NOW, DOWN TO 45 MILES PER HOUR, IT’S STILL A TROPICAL STORM, BUT THE FORWARD MOTION AS WE INDICATED, THIS IS THE LATEST UPDATE, IT IS STILL MOVING TO THE WEST AT BARELY 2 MILES AN HOUR.

NOW, ONE THING THOUGH, THE PRESSURE IS AT 995 MILLIBARS, IT IS STARTING TO WEAKEN AND WEAKEN CONSIDERABLY. BUT IT CONTINUES TO MOVE ñHE LATEST TRACK,ÄY2cD TAKES US RIGHT TO SOUTH CAROLINA AND ALL THE WAY UP INTO THE OHIO RIVER VALUE, BUT HERE’S THE THING, I ALLUDED TO THIS ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO, I BELIEVE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MOTION ISSUE, NOW THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER’S TRACK UPDATE IS CONFIRMING WHAT I THOUGHT, BUT I TALKED ABOUT 10 TO 20 MINUTES AGO, IT IS PROJECTED THAT BY 8 PM TONIGHT, IT’S BARELY GOING TO BE GETTING INTO THE EAST AND MIDLAND, THESE TRACKS ARE 12 HOUR TRACKS, SO FROM 8 PM TONIGHT UNTIL 8 AM TOMORROW, AND PUTS IT SOMEWHERE AROUND THE LAWRENCE COUNTY AREA, I STILL THINK THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER HAS GOT THIS A LITTLE BIT TOO FAST, % Y6DAAáHY.■@Iq8dhS AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE GOT SOME STRONG BANDS OF HEAVY RAINFALL, MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF NEWBERRY, WESTON SALUTED, AND GOING INTO NORTHERN AIKEN COUNTY, LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINFALL INTO THESE AREAS HERE. THE RAIN THAT COMES THROUGH FROM THIS AREA, DOESN’T AFFECT COLUMBIA, THE RAIN IS COMING THROUGH HERE, WILL START AFFECTING THESE AREAS, THE RAIN THAT’S MOVING THROUGH EAST OF THIS AREA, IS GOING TO AFFECT AREAS AROUND THE UTAH BILL AREA.

THIS IS GOING TO BE THE >Tt&J$Le Q?:W]rEóR) AS I INDICATED EARLIER, THE HEAVIER RAINFALL WILL START MOVING THROUGH. THE TIMING THOUGH, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE ISSUE. OUR IN-HOUSE COMPUTER MODEL IS STILL NOT PICKING IT UP. THIS AREA RIGHT HERE I DON’T THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CASE, I THINK THE TIMING RIGHT NOW, BASED THAT IT’S MOVING WEST AT TWO MILES PER HOUR, EVEN IF IT PICKS UP TO ABOUT FIVE MILES PER HOUR, FROM WHERE IT IS RIGHT NOW, IT’S BARELY OUTSIDE GEORGETOWN COUNTY THAT 1 THAT HEAVY RAINFALL THAT WE ARE TIMING OUT SHOULD BE IN UPSTATE IN THE PEE DEE BY A THE CLOCK SHIFT FURTHER SOUTH SO ALL OF THIS, WILL BE RIGHT ALONG HIGHWAY 370 IN SUMTER FROM ALL THE WAY IN LEESVILLE ALL THE WAY ACROSS INTO AREAS AROUND HERE. THE TIMING AND AS WE GET INTO MIDDAY SUNDAY, ALL OF THIS RAINFALL UPSTATE IS GOING TO BE MORE SO IN THE MIDLANDS FOR THE COMPUTER MODELS FROM WHAT I AM LOOKING AT ARE NOT PICKING UP.

THEY i■G. >> ALL RIGHT, ELISIA. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. ONE TALKING ABOUT GETTING PHONE CALLS FROM CUSTOMERS ABOUT POWER BEING OUT. DUKE ENERGY ANTICIPATING — AND THIS IS IN ANTICIPATION NOW, ONE TO THREE MILLION OUTAGES ACROSS BOTH CAROLINAS. RESTORATION IN THE HARDEST-HIT AREAS COULD TAKE WEEKS. AGAIN, THESE ARE THE HARDEST- HIT AREAS. THEY DO TELL US THEY HAVE 20,000 RESOURCES FROM 26 LOCATIONS READY TO HELP RESTORE POWER AS SOON S THE STORM PASSES. OR IF THOSE WINDS, SUSTAINED WINDS GET DOWN TO 34 PER HOUR, CREWS WILL NOT GO OUT. AND 5 PER HOUR WINDS OR HIGHER. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AT OUR CAMERA OUT AT LAKE MURRAY FOR YOU NOW. THIS STORM, YOU CAN SEE IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER OF YOUR SCREEN, IT IS STILL JUST SPINNING THERE, CREEPY CRAWLING ITS WAY THROUGH THE MID-LANDS OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WE’LL GET UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE STORM IN JUST A MOMENT.

A LIVE PICTURE AT NAGS HEAD BEACH FOR YOU NOW AS THE STORM CONTINUES TO CHURN WAVE AFTER WAVE AFTER WAVE, AND POUNDING THE COAST NOW. >> WE’RE GOING TO CHECK IN ALONG THE COAST. HE SAID PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM FLORENCE BY GOING TO FLUSHES COUNTY. WE KNOW FOR MUCH OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY, YOU’VE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH CREWS TASKED WITH GETTING THE POWER BACK ON IN THOSE AREAS. JACOB? >> Reporter: WELL, DARCY, GOOD AFTERNOON. YOU KNOW, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF BEING A JOURNALIST IS KNOWING WHEN TO SAY YOU’RE WRONG. AND WE WERE VERY HAPPY TO REPORT WE WERE WRONG EARLIER. THOSE PICKUP TRUCKS WE SAW LEAVING THIS AREA, THEY’RE NOT DAMAGE ASSESSORS. THEY’RE HERE TO GO TURN BACK ON THE POWER. WE TALKED TO A DUKE OFFICIAL IN OUR HOTEL JUST AS WE WERE CHECKING OUT A FEW MINUTES AGO, AND HE SAID THOSE CREWS WERE ACTUALLY GOING OUT TO RESTORE POWER AT A BASE LEVEL. THEY’RE RECLOSING BREAKERS AT SUBSECTIONS TO GET THOSE CIRCUITS BACK UP AND RUNNING. HE SAID THAT SHOULD BRING A LOT OF THE 12,000 PEOPLE HERE WITHOUT POWER BACK ONLY.

HE ALSO TOLD US THEY HAVEN’T SEEN ANY POLE DAMAGE YET. IT’S JUST TREE LIMBS HANGING ON LINES, LINES DOWN, THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT THANKFULLY NOT ANY POLE DAMAGE THAT THEY’RE SEEING SO FAR. HE DID SAY TOMORROW DAMAGE ASSESSORS WILL GO OUT. THAT WILL CONTINUE TO MONDAY. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE DOING IN MYRTLE BEACH. HE SAID THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO SEND AS MANY CREWS AS THEY CAN FROM HERE AND MYRTLE BEACH TO NORTH CAROLINA. BECAUSE HE SAID THAT IS WHERE DUKE ENERGY IS SEEING A MAJORITY OF THEIR PROBLEMS, IS IN NORTH CAROLINA.

I KNOW WE’VE BEEN SHOWING YOU THE PICTURES ALL DAY OF THE DAMAGE THERE. THAT’S OBVIOUSLY A HASHEDDER- HIT AREA THAN HERE. THOSE CREWS WE SAW GOING OUT, THEY’RE ACTUALLY WORKING ALREADY TO GET POWER BACK ON IN THE FLORENCE AREA. AND HE SAID THAT’S THE SAME PROCESS THAT’S GOING ON IN MYRTLE BEACH. DARCY, THAT’S THE SITUATION HERE IN FLORENCE. >> JACOB WAS ON THE GRAND STRAND EARLIER IN THE WEEK, MADE HIS WAY INLAND AS THE STORM HIT, HAS BEEN SHOWING US WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON IN THE PD FOR THE LAST 24 HOURS. >> EVEN IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, CHANCES ARE YOU STILL HAVE YOUR CELL PHONE. SO IF YOUR POWER IS ON, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND CHARGE YOUR CELL PHONE. WE CAN’T REMIND YOU ENOUGH TO MAKE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE WLTX APP. IT IS ABSOLUTELY FREE. THE BEST PART OF IT IS IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT OF TOUCH, BECAUSE YOU CAN WATCH YOUR NEWSCAST LIVE ON YOUR CELL PHONE.

>> BRANDON? >> HERE WE ARE. SO THIS IS WHAT YOU DO. ALL OF US HAVE SMARTPHONES OR MOST OF US HAVE SMARTPHONES OR AN I BEYOND EVERPAD. GO TO THE APP STORE. TYPE IN WLTX NEWS 19 COLUMBIA. YOU’LL PULL UP OUR APP, BUT ALSO SEE OUR WEATHER APP. THIS ONE HAS ALREADY DOWNLOADED. THIS IN IS IN THE PROCESS OF DOWNLOADING. CLICK THE BUTTON THERE. DOES OUR WI-FI WORK? LIVE TV. BUT IT’S IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING READY TO DOWNLOAD. ALL OUR INFORMATION IS THERE. WE HAVE APP ALERTS FOR YOU. YOU CAN ACTUALLY SET YOUR LOCATION OF WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, WHAT STORM ALERTS YOU WANT TO COME THROUGH, WHAT BREAKING NEWS ALERTS. YOU’RE THE ONE IN CHARGE OF THE CONTENT THAT COMES DIRECTLY TO YOUR PHONE, DIRECTLY TO YOUR MOBILE APP. IT’S JUST NOW BARELY STARTING TO DOWNLOAD HERE. WE’RE HAVING SOME CONNECTIVITY ISSUES HERE. BUT THIS APP COMES IN HANDY. ANOTHER THING I WANT TO MENTION IS OUR WEATHER RADIO. THIS COMES IN HANDY LAST NIGHT WHEN WE HAD THE STORMS MOVE THROUGH OUR AREA. THIS WILL HELP COOP YOU SAFE. THE TWO THINGS YOU NEED TO GET, THE WEATHER RADIO, AND DOWNLOAD THE NEWS 19APP.

THOSE BOTH WILL KEEP YOU HANDY IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. BACK TO YOU. >> BRANDON, THANK YOU SO MUCH. REALLY, THE APP IS SO EASY ONCE YOU GET IT ON YOUR PHONE. IT’S NOT DIFFICULT TO WORK YOUR WAY AROUND IT. >> I CAN PUT IT TO YOU THIS WAY: IF I CAN HANDLE IT, ANYBODY CAN HANDLE IT. WHEN IT COMES TO THESE NEWFANGLED DEVICES — >> RIGHT. >> — IF I CAN DEAL WITH IT — IF THE GUY WITH THE WHITE HAIR CAN DEAL WIT, YOU CAN DEAL WITH IT. >> TECHNOLOGY IS NOT OUR FAVORITE THING TO DELL WITH. DOWNLOAD THE APP AND DO YOURSELF A FAVOR. THAT WAY YOU WON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT EVER BEING OUT OF TOUCH WITH US ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ONLY. AS WE MENTIONED ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF AGO, WE GOT THAT UP DEFINITE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FROM THE HURRICANE CENTER. SO WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO BE A LONG 24 HOURS AHEAD OF US.

SOME PLACES ARE NOT SEEING MUCH RAIN YET. BUT BEAR IN MIND IT’S ON THE WAY >> I KNOW EFRON HAS BEEN WORKING ON THE FORECAST. IT’S BEEN A WHILE — AS FAR AS THE WINDS ARE CONCERNED, IT’S BEEN A WHILE SEASONS THEY STARTED, GOING TO BE A LITTLE WHILE LONGER BEFORE THEY COME TO A COMPLETE END. >> RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO CHECK IN WITH EPHRON NOW. >> ONE THING — IT ALMOST SOUNDS LIKE A JOKE, BUT IT’S STILL MOVING WEST AT 2 MILES AN HOUR. NOW, AS FAR BACK AS I CAN SEE, WHEN IT MADE LANDFALL AT YESTERDAY MORNING, IT MADE LANDFALL ABOUT 5 AN HOUR. BUT THAT WAS YESTERDAY MORNING. THE FASTEST FORWARD MOTION HAS BEEN 5. BUT CONSISTENTLY OVER THE LAST 12 HOURS, IT’S MOVED BETWEEN 2 TO 3 AN HOUR. THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THAT IS AS SLOW AS IT’S MOVING, IT’S QUICKLY FALLING APART. IT’S STILL A TROPICAL STORM WITH SUSTAINED WINDS AT 45 AN HOUR. BUT KEEP IN MIND IT’S MOVING VERY SLOW. RIGHT NOW IT’S 40 MILES SOUTHWEST, MAYBE 40 MILES SOUTHWEST OF MYRTLE BEACH. IT’S JUST ON THE VERY EDGE OF GEORGETOWN AND WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY. AGAIN, IT’S MOVING VERY SLOW.

AND THE ONE THING I’VE TALKED ABOUT — AND THE REASON WHY I’M TALKING ABOUT THIS IS SOME OF THIS IS HEADING OUR WAY. OVER THE LAST — I JUST CALCULATED. OVER THE LAST 24 TO 36 — ACTUALLY 36 HOURS, THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT HAS PUSHED THROUGH, AS HURRICANE FLORENCE APPROACHED AND THEN MADE LANDFALL IN NORTH CAROLINA — THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE CONSERVATIVE RADAR ESTIMATES. WE HAVE HAD REPORTS IN MANY AREAS SOUTH OF KINGSTON, WEST OF MOREHEAD CITY IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE RAINFALL AMOUNTS OBSERVED HAVE BEEN OVER 24 INCHES OF RAIN. BUT YOU CAN SEE, A BAND HERE THAT’S AT LEAST 19 TO 20 INCHES OF RAINFALL IN THAT AREA WHERE THEY’RE REPORTING OVER 2 FEET OF RAINFALL. JUST SOUTH OF THAT, AT LEAST RADAR INDICATED APPROACHING A FOOT.

THEN IN THE AREA WHERE IT’S MADE LANDFALL WEST OF WILL MINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, CONSERVATIVELY AT LEAST A FOOT OF RAINFALL. AND I’M GOING TO LOOP THIS TO JUST GIVE YOU AN IDEA THAT AS HURRICANE FLORENCE MADE ITS WAY TOWARD NORTH CAROLINA, IT DUMPED AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL. AND MIND YOU, IT MADE LANDFALL AT 5 MILES AN HOUR FORWARD MOTION. SO IT GAVE IT A LOT OF TIME TO UNFORTUNATELY DUMP ALL THAT RAINFALL IN THAT AREA OF NORTH — OF SOUTHEAST PORTIONS OF NORTH CAROLINA. BUT LOOK AT THIS INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL. IF THERE’S ANY GOOD PART, WE’VE BEEN SEEING THIS ALL MORNING, WHERE THE INCREDIBLE STRONG THUNDERSTORMS — ALL OF THIS CONVECTION HAS BEEN FLOWING UP SOME STRONG THUNDERSTORMS OFF THE ATLANTA OCEAN. BUT AS IT MAKES ITS WAY INLAND, THERE IS NO MORE LIGHTNING. BUT IT’S STILL VERY, VERY HEAVY RAINFALL. IN FACT, THE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER THAT PREDICTS THE PROBABILITY OF PRECIPITATION OR RAIN, THEY’VE BEEN INDICATING THIS AREA IS GOING TO BE RAINING AT AROUND 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR RAINFALL RATE. THE 3rd NOTIFICATION THEY JUST SENT OUT AN HOUR AGO.

SO THIS NOTIFICATION OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR RAINFALL RATE, THEY’VE BEEN DOING THIS SINCE THIS MORNING. SO THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT JUST OVER THE LAST, LET’S JUST SAY 8 TO 9 HOURS, THEY’VE HAD ANYWHERE BETWEEN 9 TO 10 INCHES OF RAINFALL. AND ALL OF THIS IS STILL MAKING ITS WAY. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? WE’VE ALREADY GOTTEN OUR RAIN. WE’VE HAD BANDS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVING THROUGH, THE OUTER BANDS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVING THROUGH THE WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE MID- LAND, HEADING DOWN TO THE LOW COUNTRY. WE HAVE ANOTHER BAND MOVING TO THE CENTRAL PORTION OF THE MID-LANDS. HEAVY RAINFALL IS NOW STARTING TO ACCUMULATE IN THE EASTERN PORTIONS OF CLARENDON COUNTY. THEN ANOTHER BAND MOVING THROUGH RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF ORANGEBURG COUNTY, FROM ORANGEBURG TO EAST OF BOWIMAGINE.

OVER THE LAST 18 HOURS, THE RADAR INDICATED WE MAY HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE OVER A QUARTER INCH OF RAIN. BUT J. R. MENTIONED IT WAS LIKE ABOUT A 10th TO 15th INCH OF RAINFALL OVER AT THE AIRPORT. MAY BE A LITTLE MORE OVERDONE, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT MOST OF THE CENTRAL MIDLANDS AND TO THE WESTERN SIDE OF LEE, SUMTER, AND CLARENDON COUNTIES HAVE GOTTEN ABOUT HALF AND INCH, MAYBE UP TO A QUARTER INCH OF RAINFALL. BUT TAKE A LOOK WAY OUT HERE IN NORTHERN AND CENTRAL AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF CLARENDON COUNTY, WHERE RADAR IS ESTIMATING THEY’VE GOTTEN AT LEAST AN INCH AND A QUARTER OF RAINFALL. THIS IS PROBABLY ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WE’VE GOTTEN OVER THE LAST 18 HOURS, WHICH CONTINUES TO BE QUITE HEAVY IN CLARENDON COUNTY. AND WE’VE GOT NEWS OUT THERE IN MANNING. NOT MUCH RAIN IN MANNING, BUT EAST OF THAT, THEY’VE GOTTEN A LOT OF HEAVY RAINFALL. AND THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE.

NOW, THE GOOD NEWS FOR OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE IN THE LOW COUNTRY AND ALONG THE SAVANNAH RIVER, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DROPPED THE FLOOD WATCH. BUT THE FLOOD WATCH STILL REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE MID-LANDS AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ALONG NORTH AND EAST OF I-26. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE, CAR SAY AND J. R., THAT EVERY MODEL WE’VE BEEN LOOKING AT STILL SHOWS THAT, LIKE JIM SAID, THAT FLORENCE WILL PROBABLY BE OUT OF SOUTH CAROLINA BY TOMORROW. WELL, IT’S STARTING TO SLOW DOWN NOW, SO WE MAY SEE THE CONTINUATION OF THIS FLASH FLOOD WATCH THAT IS SUPPOSED TO EXPIRE SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS MAY POSSIBLY BE EXTENDED A LITTLE BIT MORE. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT WHAT WE EXPECTED, THAT THE RAIN WAS GOING TO BE ENDING BY POSSIBLY LATER ON TOMORROW MORNING, WELL, WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL WE’RE GETTING NOW PLUS THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL THAT CONTINUES TO FALL OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA AND ALL THAT’S MOVING WEST, WE’RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT THIS RAIN TO CONTINUE RIGHT THROUGH TOMORROW NIGHT AS FAR AS THE MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL FOR THE MID-LANDS.

>> ALL RIGHT E EPHRON, WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE KNOW YOU’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THE STORM FOR US. >> HE’S ON THE PHONE WITH US NOW, AND, DAVID, WHAT IS THE SITUATION LIKE OVER IN CALHOUN COUNTY? >> SO FAR IT’S BEEN FAIRLY QUIET AS FAR AS THE WEATHER GOES. WE HAVE SOME WIND AND SOME RAIN COMING DOWN. WE’VE GOT UP TO ABOUT A HALF INCH OF RAIN SO FAR. >> AS THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, WHAT KIND OF FAIL SAFES HAVE YOU GUYS PUT IN PLACE AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE EFFECTS OF FLORENCE? >> WELL, WE’VE MET A COUPLE OF TIMES WITH OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE CREW WITHIN THE COUNTY DEPARTMENTS, MAKING ALL OF OUR PLANS, MAKING SURE EVERYBODY IS PREPARED, VEHICLES ARE GASSED UP.

WE HAVE ALL OF OUR GENERATORS ON OUR CRITICAL FREEWAY BUILDINGS TAKEN CARE OF AND MAINTAINED. OUR COMPANY WAS OUT TWO WEEKS AGO TO CHECK ON ALL OF THE GENERATORS, AND WE’VE JUST PUT IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT PROVISIONS TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING WITH EACH OTHER SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE WE’VE GOT EVERYTHING TAKEN CARE OF FOR THE RESIDENTS IN THE COUNTY. >> AND WITH THAT SAID, DAVID, LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON AND INTO THE EVENING. IF YOU HAVE ANY RESIDENTS OUT THERE WHO HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ANY CONCERNS, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM? >> WELL, THEY CAN ALWAYS CALL THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER DIRECTLY. WE’VE GOT SOMEBODY IN HERE AT ALL TIMES. WE ALSO HAVE A SHELTER SET UP AT THE CALHOUN COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL.

THEY CAN GO, AND IF THEY LOSE POWER, THEY SHOULD HAVE POWER OVER THERE. WE’VE GOT A GENERATOR STATIONED OVER THERE. IF THEY LOSE POWER AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, THEY CAN GET OUT OF THE RAIN AND THE WIND, AND SEEK SHELTER OVER THERE. >> ALL RIGHT, DAVID ANACKI, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU’RE DOING FOR YOUR RESIDENTS OVER IN CALHOUN COUNTY. >> YOU’RE WELCOME, AND THANK YOU FOR GETTING THE WORD OUT TO EVERYBODY. >> ABSOLUTELY, DAVID. AND GIVE US A CALL BACK IF ANYTHING CHANGES OVER THERE. WE APPRECIATE IT. >>> OF COURSE, AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK FLORENCE, WE’RE GOING TO KEEP SHOWING YOU PICTURES, AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OUR CALHOUN COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR ON. BUT THOSE PICTURES WERE NOT OF CALHOUN COUNTY. SO WE KNOW WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, THE HARDEST-HIT AREA. AS WE LOOK ALONG THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, THEE KIND OF PICTURES CONTINUE TO ROLL INTO OUR NEWSROOM. SO BEACH PRESERVATION HAS BECOME AN ISSUE ALONG THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA. WE KNOW THAT THE EVACUATION ORDER FOR FOUR COUNTIES ALONG THE COAST HAVE BEEN LIFTED BY THE GOVERNOR.

WE ARE EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM THE GOVERNOR AT THIS AFTERNOON. >> THE CITY OF COLUMBIA IS ALSO GOING TO HAVE A PRESS BRIEFING. SO FAR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA HAS ESCAPED ANY KIND OF MAJOR ISSUES AS A RESULT OF FLORENCE. BUT AGAIN, AS EPHRON HAS BEEN TELLING US THIS MORNING AND INTO THE AFTERNOON, WE STILL CENTER THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME PRETTY GOOD WIND GUSTS THROUGH TONIGHT, AND INTO EARLY TOMORROW. WE STILL HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF SOME FLASH FLOODING IN LOW-LYING AREAS, BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE A GOOD BIT OF RAIN THAT IS HEADED HERE. >>> ALL RIGHT. WE WANT TO GO TO LEE COUNTY NOW AND LISTEN IN TO — I BELIEVE WE HAVE THE SHERIFF OF LEE COUNTY, ON WHAT’S GOING ON OVER THERE.

LET’S LISTEN IN. >> THE BIGGEST THING WE’RE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO OR THE NEXT 7 DAYS IS ALL THAT RAIN UP IN NORTH CAROLINA AND A PART OF THE COUNTY. IT MUST COME DOWN. SO WE WILL BE DEALING WITH FLOODING. WE’RE STILL GOING TO BE IN RECOVERY MODE. THE MAIN THING IS — YOU NEVER KNOW IF THE ROAD IS WASHED AWAY OR WHAT MAY LIE UNDER THERE. ALSO STILL WATER. YOU MIGHT WANT TO BE CAREFUL. WE HAVE A LOT OF REPTILES AND SNAKES AND STUFF, WHICH WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF SNAKES HERE. SO THEY NEED TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL WITH THAT ALSO. >> THAT WAS SHERIFF DANIELS, TALKING ABOUT REPTILES AND GATORS, AND THERE YOU ARE, SNAKES IN LEE COUNTY.

THAT AWNING FELL OFF OF THAT BUILDING. IN ADDITION WHAT HE’S PREPARING FOR HIS RESIDENTS FOR, WE’RE ACTUALLY SEEING THAT HAPPEN IN MYRTLE BEACH. OUR PRODUCER, VANESSA, JUST SAID THERE IS VIDEO OF AN ALLIGATOR IN A NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE YOU HAVE IT. THE VIEWER, TRACY BIRD SUBMITTING THIS. THIS ALLIGATOR WALKING THROUGH A NEIGHBORHOOD IN MYRTLE BEACH. I DON’T KNOW IF HE’S HEADING FOR A POND OR RETENTION POND OR WHAT IT COULD BE IN THAT AREA, BUT WITH THIS MUCH — I DON’T KNOW. HE JUST WALKED INTO A FRONT YARD. >> THE SHERIFF MAKES A GOOD POINT.

THE SHERIFF IS MAKING A VERY GOOD POINT HERE. USUALLY IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, THE REPTILES, THE CRITTERS, AS I CALL THEM, THE SNAKES, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE NOT THAT BIG OF AN ISSUE. BUT YOU GET SOMETHING LIKE A TROPICAL STORM OR A HURRICANE AND YOU GET A LOT OF MOISTURE, THAT’S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. ALSO THE MOSQUITOES. >> OH WOW, YEAH. >> THEY’RE GOING TO BE A BIG PROBLEM. FOR FOLKS LIKE DARCY, WHO’S A MOSQUITO MAGNET. >> YOU ARE THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF A MOSQUITO MAGNET. >> MOSQUITOES DON’T BITE ME. AND THEY EAT YOU ALIVE. FOR FOLKS LIKE THAT, FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE AN ISSUE AS FAR AS MOSQUITOES ARE CONCERNED, THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS IS GOING TO BE A PROBLEM. >> IF YOU CAN GET OUT IN YOUR YARD WHEN IT’S SAFE AND TURN OVER THOSE AREAS WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE SOME WATER PONDING, WHETHER IT’S IN A BIRDBATH OR A BUCKET OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR YARD THAT’S HOLDING WATER, GET RID OF IT. THAT’S GOING TO CUT DOWN ON THE CHANCE YOU’RE GOING TO SEE MOSQUITOES POPPING UP IN YOUR AREA.

BECAUSE IT ONLY TAKES, I REMEMBER AN EXPERT TOLD US, A CAPFUL OF WATER FOR A MOSQUITO TO MAKE IT THEIR HOME, AND THEN YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. >>> I BELIEVE WE’RE GOING BACK TO THE WEATHER CENTER. IS THAT WHERE WE’RE GOING? ALL RIGHT. THERE YOU GO. BRANDON AND DANIEL STANDING BY. >> THANK YOU, DARCY, AND J. R.. WE’RE IN THE WEATHER CENTER, WHICH IS THE HUB AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE.

I WANT YOU TO BREAK DOWN THE TIMING OF THIS EVENT FOR US. WE DID THAT EARLIER. BREAK DOWN THE RAIN, THE WIND, THE FLOODING, WHEN WE CAN SEE IT IN CERTAIN AREAS. LET’S START ON THE WEST SIDE OF OUR VIEWING AREA AND MOVE TO THE EAST, LIKE THE STORM IS DOING. >> WE ARE STILL WATCHING THAT RAIN AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE MIDLANDS. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE EXPECTING HERE. THIS WOULD BE AT THIS AFTERNOON. NOTICE WE STILL HAVE THOSE SHOWERS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. AT 3:00, YOU STILL HAVE PATCHES OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN STILL FALLING ACROSS THE MID-LANDS. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE TREND AS WE GO INTO THE EVENING HOURS AS WELL. THIS IS 7:00. SO NOTICE YOU STILL HAVE SOME POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN FALLING IN SALUDA, PARTS OF CORE SHAW COUNTY AS THOSE BANDS CONTINUE TO KIND OF SLIDE THROUGH THE AREA, AS THEY ROTATE IN AND OUT. EVEN LATER TONIGHT — THIS IS 9:00. YOU HAVE POCKETS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN FALLING IN NORTHERN PORTIONS OF OUR VIEWING AREA, INCLUDING NEWBURY, CORE SHAW, MAYBE PARTS OF LEE COUNTY AS WELL. AS WE GET TO AROUND MIDNIGHT OR SO, SAME OLD STORY.

WE STILL HAVE MODERATE RAIN ACROSS THE AREA. EVEN AS WE GO INTO EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, THERE’S GOING TO BE THE OPPORTUNITY OR AT LEAST A CHANCE FOR SOME MODERATE RAIN, EVEN MAYBE A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVY RAIN FALLING IN PARTS OF THE NEARBY COUNTIES, INCLUDING CORE SHAW, LEE, MAYBE EVEN PARTS OF FAIRFIELD COUNTY AS WELL. THAT’S WHERE WE’VE BEEN EXPECTING THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS OF RAIN THROUGH THE DURATION OF THE STORM. TOMORROW MORNING, OCCASIONAL SHOWERS STILL OUT THERE. THIS WOULD BE TOMORROW MORNING. WE STILL HAVE OCCASIONAL SHOWERS.

EVEN AS WE GO INTO THE EARLY AFTERNOON HOURS, GRADUALLY THOSE RAIN CHANCES WILL DECREASE. CAN’T RULE OUT A FEW SHOWERS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY EVENING AS THE STORM KIND OF MOVES ON OUT. BUT YOU CAN TELL, THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG, LONG TIME. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE RAIN MAYBE EVEN UNTIL LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. SO THE SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE OVER THE NEXT 24, 36 HOURS. THERE WE ARE SUNDAY AT 10:00.

>> STILL. SO WHEN WILL IT COMPLETELY BE OUT OF OUR AREA? WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO DRY OUT? THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING NOW. >> IT LOOKS LIKE, AS FAR AS RAIN AS FLORENCE IS CONCERNED, IT’S OUT BY MONDAY. BUT THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS STILL. PROBABLY NOT WHAT WE WANT TO HEAR, BUT THERE WILL STILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME SHOWERS AND STORMS. THAT WON’T BE ASSOCIATED WITH FLORENCE, BUT THERE WILL BE A CHANCE FOR RAIN. >> A MINUTE AGO, I HAD A CHANCE TO WALK OUT TO MY CAR AND SAW THE TREES BLOWING HOME RUN.

TALK TO US A LITTLE ABOUT THE WIND AND WHEN YOU COULD SEE THE TIMING OF THE HEAVIEST GUST. >> LOT ME START OFF WITH THE REGULAR WINDS, THEN I’LL GO TO GUSTS. THIS IS A FORECAST MODEL. THIS IS WHAT IT WAS PREDICTING AT NOON. THAT’S A LITTLE BIT MIND. BUT STILL, EVEN THIS EVENING, YOU’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT WINDS 25 TO MAYBE 35 MILES PER HOUR, ESPECIALLY UP TOWARDS THE NORTHERN PARTS OF THE MID-LANDS, WINSSBORO, CAMDEN, NEWBURY. THOSE WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DECREASE FROM EAST TO WEST. >> THAT’S THIS EVENING? >> THAT WOULD BE THIS EVENING. THAT WOULD BE THIS EVENING. THAT WOULD BE SUSTAINED. SO THAT WOULD BE WHAT THE WINDS ARE BLOWING, AT A PRETTY CONSTANT RATE. THAT WILL BE SUSTAINED WINDS. AS WE GET INTO TONIGHT, THEY GRADUALLY START WEAKENING. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT 15 TO 20 PER HOUR. THAT’S AT TONIGHT. GOING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS, YOU’RE STILL TALKING ABOUT BREEZY CONDITIONS THERE. 15, 20 PER HOUR. THERE WILL BE SOME STRONGER GUSTS. THEN LOOKING AHEAD TOWARDS TOMORROW MORNING, AND YOU NOTICE THOSE WIND OR ROSE ARE CHANGING DIRECTION. WE’VE GOT WINDS GENERALLY COMING OUT OF THE NORTH. THEY’LL THIS SHIFTING OUT OF THE SOUTH TOMORROW. TOMORROW MORNING, 8:00, 15, 20, 20 PER HOUR WINDS.

THAT WILL BE KIND OF THE CASE AS WE GO INTO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. GRADUALLY THOSE WINS WILL START TO DECREASE AS THE SYSTEM MOVES OUT. AND YOU CAN SEE THEY’RE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE SOUTH, ANYWHERE FROM ABOUT 20 IN MANNING TO — SAY 10 TO 20 BY TOMORROW AFTERNOON. AND GRADUALLY, AS WE MENTIONED, THOSE WINDS WILL SLOWLY DECREASE. AND EVEN INTO MONDAY, YOU’RE JUST TALKING ABOUT NORMAL WIND SPEEDS. >> CAME. AND THEN, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE GUST HERE? >> AND THE GUST.

THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE WATCHING. WE’VE HAD SOME STORM GUSTS THIS AFTERNOON. WE’LL STILL BE SEEING SOME POTENTIAL TROPICAL STORM FORCE GUSTS ACROSS PARTS OF THE AREA, INCLUDING NEWBURY, FAIRFIELD COUNTIES. YOU’RE TALKING 35 TO 40 PER HOUR THERE. YOU’LL NOTICE THE EASTERN HALF OF THE MIDLANDS, THOSE GUSTS START TO DECREASE AS THE SYSTEM STARTS TO MOVE OUT. THIS IS 3 IN THE AFTERNOON. KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS A COMPUTER PROJECTION. IT MAY BE RIGHT. IT PROBABLY IS WRONG. BUT IT GIVES US AN IDEA OF WHAT MAY HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS. GUSTING WINDS ARE STILL HERE. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CASE EVEN AS WE GO INTO TOMORROW NIGHT AND MAYBE EVEN INTO MONDAY. STILL SOME GUSTS OUT THERE. >> I REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, COVERING HURRICANES BEFORE, IT SEEMS, BEFORE, THEY WOULD COME IN, THEY WOULD MOVE, AND THEY WOULD KEEP GOING. FLORENCE, SHE WANTS TO KEEP LINGER AND LINGER AND LINGER. A BIG ISSUE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS EXTENSIVELY TODAY IS THE FLOODING. WE KNOW NORTH CAROLINA IS GETTING A LOT OF RAIN NOW.

ALL OF THAT HAS TO TRICKLE DOWN HERE. TALK TO US ABOUT THE FLOODING CONCERNS FROM, YOU KNOW, OUR COUNTIES AND WHEN WE COULD SEE PROBABLY THE MOST FLOODING PROBABLY INTO NEXT WEEK. >> YEAH. IT LOOKS LIKE — I WAS READING UP ON SOME INFORMATION. LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL BE RISING NEXT WEEK, POSSIBLY CRESTING TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY IN OUR AREA. THIS IS A LONG AND SLOW PROCESS. WE ARE EXPECTING MORE RAIN. MAYBE UP TO 1 INCHES IN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA, 10 INCHES OVER TOWARDS THE PD, TOWARD THE GRAND STRAND. WE STILL COULD SEE 7 INCHES OF RAIN POTENTIALLY IN EXTREME EASTERN PARTS OF OUR AREA. AND MAYBE WE’LL SAY 4 TO 5 CENTRAL MIDLANDS. BUT GRADUALLY AS YOU GET FURTHER WEST, THOSE RAIN TO THES DECREASE. BUT THE RIVER FLOODING IS A HUGE, HUGE RISK.

WE ALREADY HAVE RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS. LET ME PULL THAT UP. WE ALREADY HAVE RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS IN PORTIONS OF THE AREA. LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET IT QUICKLY AVAILABLE. THAT’S SOMETHING WE’LL BE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY. WE HAVE THE WATCH HERE. YOU CAN SEE KIND OF OVER THERE TOWARD FLORENCE AND TOWARD MANNING, THERE’S A LITTLE BOX THAT HAS A LIGHTER COLOR OF GREEN. THOSE ARE THE RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS. WE’LL SEE THOSE INCREASE AS WE GO INTO NEXT WEEK AS WE’RE EXPECTING THOSE RIVERS TO CREST POTENTIALLY TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY,. >> . >> ALL RIGHT. >> DEFINITELY A BIG CONCERN. >> THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO BREAK DOWN THE RAIN, THE WIND, AND THE FLOODING CONCERNS. A LOT OF PEOPLE, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE WANTING TO KNOW IS THE TIMETABLE OF WHEN THIS IS GOING TO AFFECT OUR AREA. I WANT TO UPDATE THE VIEWERS NOW THAT THERE IS ONE CONFIRMED DEATH IN UNION SOUTH CAROLINA.

AS A RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE, TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE NOW. SO AGAIN ONE PERSON HAS BEEN CONFIRMED TO HAVE DIED BECAUSE OF THIS STORM IN UNION, SOUTH CAROLINA. I KNOW WE’VE HAD SEVERAL DEATHS IN NORTH CAROLINA. BUT NOW ONE IS CONFIRMED IN SOUTH CAROLINA. AS WE GET MORE INFORMATION, WE WILL POST THAT ONLINE AT WLTX.COM IN THE MOBILE APP ON NEWS 19. >>> WE WANT TO CHECK IN WITH NEWS 19’S WHITNEY SULLIVAN. SHE IS IN LEXINGTON. WE SAW HER EARLIER. SHE WAS STANDING WITH SOMEONE WHOSE MOBILE HOME — THE ROOF WAS COMPLETELY PEELED OFF. KIND OF GIVE US AN UPDATE WHERE YOU ARE NOW. >> Reporter: WE’RE STILL OUT HERE. WE’VE BEEN HANGING OUT WITH JOE. HE IS THE HOMEOWNER OF THIS MOBILE HOME. AND THE WIND IS PICKING UP.

THE RAIN IS PICKING UP. BUT WHAT I CAN SAY — I’M GOING TO BRING JOE IN NOW, IS THAT HIS SPIRITS HAVE BEEN REALLY HIGH, EVEN IN THIS SITUATION. IF YOU COULD, TALK US THROUGH THOSE MOMENTS WHEN THE ROOF CAME OFF. >> WELL, IT WAS JUST — I WAS WATCHING THE WEATHER, JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW BAD IT WAS GOING TO BE TODAY, AND JUST HEARD A BEATING LIKE A DRUM OR A BOOM. AND WENT UP AND KIND OF LOOKED OUTSIDE THE WINDOW TO SEE WHAT THE NOISE WAS, AND SAW INSULATION, AND ENDED UP WENT OUT THE BACK DOOR. COULDN’T GET OUT THE BACK DOOR, BECAUSE IT FLIPPED COMPLETELY OVER AND WAS LAYING IN THE BACK. THEN PAN NICK SETS IN, AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO, WHICH WAY TO GO AND WHAT TO DO. YOU MAKE A FEW PHONE CALLS, AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW, I’M OVERWHELMED WITH THE HELP. I MEAN, PEOPLE CAME FROM EVERYWHERE. FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND PEOPLE I DON’T EVEN KNOW. SO I’M REALLY VERY BLESSED TODAY TO NOT BE HURT, AND TO HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT I’VE HAD TODAY.

>> Reporter: YES. NOW. YOU WERE TELLING US YOU ACTUALLY BEEN IN THIS HOME FOR A YEAR. >> BEEN IN THIS HOME REPAIRING IT, REDOING IT. IT BELONGS TO MY UNCLE. JUST TRYING TO GET IT — >> REPORTER: YOUR SPIRITS ARE SO HIGH DESPITE THE CIRCUMSTANCES. NOW, I WANT TO BRING EVERYBODY AROUND AND SHOW THEM, BECAUSE THIS IS ACTUALLY THE ROOF THAT CAME OFF. AND IT’S RIGHT HERE. YOU CAN TELL IT KIND OF JUST PEELED BACK. WHAT WERE YOUR EMOTIONS WHEN YOU REALIZED WHAT HAPPENED? >> PANIC, PROBABLY THE FIRST THING, BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. AND THEN WHEN I CAME OUT AND SAW THE ROOF, I KNEW THAT I WAS GOING TO BE EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS, BUT THANK GOODNESS, IT HAD JUST BEGUN TO RAIN. SO IT BOUGHT US ENOUGH TIME TO GET ALL OF OUR BELONGINGS AND THINGS OUT OF THE HOUSE.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO GRAB MY PERSONAL POSSESSIONS. THAT’S A BLESSING IN ITS. IT’S KIND OF BEEN CHAOS, BUT IT’S ALL SAFE AND DRY. . >> IT’S NOW STARTED TO SINK IN. I REALRY DON’T EVEN KNOW. I MOVED A DOZEN DIFFERENT OPTIONS. . >> THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR STAYING OUT HERE AND TALKING TO US. YES, THESE IMAGES ARE POWERFUL. WHAT IS POWERFUL IS TO SEE THE WAY IN WHICH THE COMMUNITY HAS BANDED AROUND JOE. I’M TELLING YOU, THE LONGER WE WERE OUT HERE, THE MORE CARS THAT CAME. AND PEOPLE TOLD US, AS SOON S THEY GOT THAT CALL, AS SOON AS THEY HEARD JOE WAS IN A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE, THEY CAME OUT HERE.

THEY WERE ACTUALLY ABLE TO PACK UP HIS HOME IN ABOUT 45 MINUTES. SO AGAIN, WE JUST WANT TO SAY THIS IS A TESTAMENT TO HOW STRONG, HOW LOYAL, HOW AMAZING OUR MID-LANDS COMMUNITY IS. WHEN SOMEBODY IS IN TROUBLE, THEY MAKE SURE TO COME AND HELP OUT. THE WIND IS PICKING UP. THE RAIN IS PICKING UP. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO STAY OUT HERE AND JUST MONITOR THE SITUATION.

WE’LL GO AHEAD AND SEND THINGS BACK TO YOU IN THE STUDIO. >> ALL RIGHT. PRETTY INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW EVERYONE IS COMING TOGETHER, ESPECIALLY IN THE TERRIBLE WEATHER. IT OBVIOUSLY IS NOT PLEASANT FOR ANYBODY TO BE OUTSIDE NOW. THERE IS CONSISTENT RAIN AND WIND. YOU CAN HEAR OUR EQUIPMENT. TV EQUIPMENT CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH TO CUT OUT THAT BACKGROUND NOISE. YOU HEAR A LOT OF RAIN AND A LOT OF WIND. >> A LOT OF FOLKS ARE WONDERING, CAN I GO BACK, PEOPLE WHO EVACUATED FROM MYRTLE BEACH.

CAN I GO BACK HOME? YOU CAN NOT GO BACK HOME YET UNTIL THE EXECUTIVE ORDER THE GOVERNOR ISSUED HAS BEEN LIFTED. IN FACT, THERE’S — THE HORRY COUNTY EMD TWEETING OUT: “IN ORDER TO REENTER, GOVERNOR McMASTER MUST RESCIND THE EVACUATION ORDER. AT THIS TIME, THE EVACUATION ORDER REMAINS.” THERE’S SOME OTHER AREAS, LIKE DORCHESTER AND BERKELEY PEOPLE CAN GO BACK HOME >> THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE DID TWEET OUT AN UPDATE, NUMBER ONE, SAYING HE IS GOING TO HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT TO TALK ABOUT THE LATEST ON THE STORM. ALSO HE DID LIFT THE EVACUATION ORDER FOR CHARLESTON, DORCHESTER, BERKELEY, COLLIN COUNTIES. THEY REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR GEORGETOWN AND HORRY COUNTY.

SO AGAIN, SOME OF YOU ARE HOME RUN IN THE MID-LANDS SEEKING SHELTER, YOU CAN RETURN HOME, BUT UNFORTUNATELY STILL FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE IN GEORGETOWN AND HORRY COUNTIES, YOUR EVACUATION ORDER HAS IN THE BEEN LIFTED. >> THE CITY OF COLUMBIA IS ALSO PLANNING AN UPDATE ABOUT THIS AFTERNOON. . >> WE HAVE SEEN THAT TOTAL SORT OF GO UP AND DOWN THROUGHOUT THE DAY. IT’S BEEN HOVERING FOR THE LAST COUPLE HOURS, AROUND 150,000 HOMES STILL WITHOUT POWER HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA, GIVE OR TAKE A FEW THOUSANDS AS THEY WORK. OBVIOUSLY THERE’S CREWS FROM SCG AND E.. THERE’S CREWS FROM DUKE ENERGY. THERE’S CREWS FROM THE COOP ALL TRYING TO GET THINGS TURNED BACK ON. IF YOU STILL FIND YOURSELF IN THE DARK, AND J. R., YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH THIS AREA, WE HAD FRIENDS WATCHING US EARLIER, AND THEY WERE SAYING THEY WERE VERY FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE THEIR POWER HAD BEEN OUT FOR SOME TIME. >> WELL, YOU’VE GOT CREWS OUT THERE FROM BLACK RIVER, DUKE ENERGY, MID- CAROLINA, TRI COUNTY.

THEY’RE ALL OUT THERE NOW. IF THE SUSTAINED WINDS ARE 35 OR LOWER, THEN THEY CAN GO OUT AND WORK TO GET THE POWER BACK ON. GOING TO TELL YOU THAT LAST NIGHT — LAST NIGHT, WE HAD hUl&/ñwíU/E/!]+xHwH┓ú■x,ap CINCINNATI THE MISTHE BEACH AIR FORCE BASE, SEVERAL INCHES. CRAB TREE SOUTH, SOUTH CAROLINA. WHAT IS THAT? >> I’M NOT SURE. >> I HAVEN’T HEARD OF CRABTREE SWAMP. SOUNDS LOVELY.

THEY’VE GOTTEN INCHES OF RAIN ALREADY. GEORGETOWN HAS GOTTEN 4 INCHES OF RAIN. MONK’S CORNER, INCHES. SO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LETTING US KNOW. IN THE MEANTIME, IN SOUTH CAROLINA, OUR WORST NUMBERS ARE DEFINITELY IN CONWAY AND SUPPLY, SOUTH CAROLINA. BOTH OF THEM IN THE DOUBLE DIGITS. CONTINUEWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA, COMING IN AT 11 INCHES OF RAIN. MORE THAN 11 INCHES HAVE ALREADY COME DOWN IN THIS STORM, AND IT IS NOT LETTING UP ANYTIME SOON. AND SUPPLY, SOUTH CAROLINA, INCHES SO FAR. AND I JUST KEEP LOOKING, J. R., DOWN TO THE BOTTOM-HAND CORNER OF OUR SCREEN, AND THERE IS STILL A MASSIVE GREEN BLOB SITTING OVER OUR STATE, SURE TO BRING MUCH MORE RAIN. >> YEAH. I WOULD LIKE — AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE THE HIGH PRESSURE TO WEAKEN OR SOMETHING SO THAT THING CAN SCOOT ON OUT OF HERE. BUT THAT DOESN’T LOOK TO BE THE CASE, AT LEAST NOT NOW. THIS THING IS GOING TO CRAWL OVER OUR AREA FOR THE NEXT, I DON’T KNOW, 12, 24 HOURS, 18 HOURS.

I BELIEVE WE’RE GOING TO GO TO MICHAEL FULLER. IS THAT CORRECT? >> MICHAEL FULL SR. STANDING BY. >> HE’S BEEN OUT LOOKING AT DAMAGE. HE’S BEEN LOOKING AT FLOODING IN FIVE POINTS. NOW HE’S WITH COLUMBIA POLICE CHIEF SKIP HOLBROOKE. I SAW A PICTURE NOT TOO LONG AGO THEY TWEETED OUT WHERE THEY WERE HAVING A MEETING AND TALKING ABOUT HOW TO PLAN TODAY. >> Reporter: HEY, GUYS. WE ARE HERE WITH CHIEF SKIP HOLBROOKE OF COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT. WE JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT YOU’VE BEEN SEEING TODAY AS HURRICANE FLORENCE IS TOUCHING DOWN IN COLUMBIA >> WELL, WE’RE SEEING RAIN AND WIND. PRETTY HEAVY WIND GUSTS. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE’RE REAL PLEASED WITH OUR CITIZENS HAVE LAND TO OUR WARNINGS AND ADVICE. THE ROADWAYS HAVE BEEN CLEARED. IT’S ALLOWED US TO MOVE AROUND FREELY, BE ABLE TO QUICKLY RESPOND TO CALLS FOR SERVICE.

PEOPLE HAVE BEHAVED. BECAUSE THEY’VE BEHAVED, WE’VE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR STORM-RELATED CALLS FOR SERVICE. EVERYTHING’S GOING WELL. >> Reporter: THAT’S HOW THINGS ALWAYS GO WHEN PEOPLE BEHAVE. ALWAYS A GOOD THING. YOU HAD MENTIONED CALLS FOR SERVICE. WE WERE AROUND A LITTLE EARLIER. WE DIDN’T SEE A LOT OF FLOODING. I MEAN, TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE RESPONDED TO TODAY. >> WE HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO FLOODING CALLS. WE HAVE SOME DOWNED LIMBS. WE’VE QUICKLY BEEN ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT THROUGH PUBLIC WORKS. AND OTHER THAN THAT, IT’S BEEN KIND OF STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE. WE HAVE A LOT OF STAFFING THAT’S BEEN OUT THERE. SO YOU HAVE A VERY HIGH VISIBLE PRESENCE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY UNCONTINUED SITUATIONS POP UP.

>> Reporter: TELL ME A LITTLE BIT, HOW DOES THE COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT PREPARE FOR SOMETHING LIKE HURRICANE FLORENCE THAT’S COMING INTO TOWN? WHAT DOES THAT PREPARATION LOOK LIKE FOR YOU GUYS? >> WELL, IT’S ACCOUNTING FOR ALL YOUR PEOPLE, MAKING SURE YOUR EQUIPMENT IS ALL WORKING, WHEN YOU’VE GOT FACILITIES THAT HOUSE AND SUPPORT YOUR PEOPLE, WE WANT TO MILWAUKEE SURE THE GENERATORS ARE ALL FUNCTIONING. WE PRESTAGE THEM, BECAUSE WE KNOW, YOU KNOW, FROM EXPERIENCE WHERE WE’RE VULNERABLE. 2015, YOU KNOW, IT WAS HISTORIC AND CATASTROPHIC FOR MANY PEOPLE HERE. WE HAVE MANY GOOD TAKE AWAYS FOR ALL OF THAT. WE LEARNED WHERE SOME OF OUR VULNERABILITIES ARE SO WE COULD HARDEN SOME OF THAT UP. WHAT IT DID IS PREPARE US TO BE MORE READY FOR SITUATIONS LIKE WE’RE EXPERIENCING THIS WEEKEND.

>> Reporter: AND TALK A LITTLE ABOUT THAT. 2015 WAS A BIG LESSON AND BIG TEACHING MOMENT FOR EVERYBODY. WHAT DID YOU THINK IT WAS THE GREATEST LESS ON THAT YOU LEARNED FROM THAT AND APPLIED IT TO YOUR PREPARATION FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE? >> WELL, I THINK IT SHOWED YOU THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS AND INVESTING IN THOSE PARTNERSHIPS BEFORE YOU HAVE AN EVENT. WE HAVE THAT ESTABLISHED. SO, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS WHEN YOU HAVE EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL. AND, YOU KNOW, PRESTAGING AND HAVING AGREEMENTS IN PLACE AND PURCHASING AGREEMENTS AND, YOU KNOW, JUST SIMPLING THINGS FOR BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE FOODS OR GENERATORS OR BUILDING TERSE, THINGS LIKE THAT. OFTENTIMES YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT UNTIL YOU NEED THEM.

WHAT WE LEARNED THERE IS TO HAVE ALL THOSE AGREEMENTS — YOU KNOW, ALL THOSE DUCKS IN A ROW PRIOR TO AN EVENT SO THAT WHEN IT HAPPENS, IT’S VERY SEAMLESS AND FLAWLESS. I THINK THAT’S WHAT WE EXPERIENCED THUS FAR THIS WEEKEND. >> Reporter: AND CAN YOU, YOU KNOW, JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT — THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME FROM OUT OF TOWN. THEY HAVE TO EVACUATE OTHER PLACES. THEY’RE HERE IN COLUMBIA. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SEEING NOW, IT DOESN’T LOOK TOO BAD, BUT WE KNOW THERE IS STILL MORE ON THE WAY. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR PEOPLE TRAVELING OUT ON THE ROADS, BUT MAYBE NOT TAKING IT AS SERIOUSLY AS THEY SHOULD BE? >> WE KNOW WE STILL HAVE SEVERE WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH TODAY AND INTO THE EVENING. WE’VE SEEN EXTREMELY HIGH GUSTS OF WIND, CHECK BE VERY DANGEROUS.

WE KNOW THE SOIL CONTINUES TO SATURATE. THOSE GUSTS OF WIND CAN UP ROOT TREES, TEAR UP LIMBS. IF YOU DON’T NEED TO BE OUT, YOU DON’T NEED TO BE OUT. >> SO ULTIMATELY, WOULD YOU SAY YOU FEEL YOU GUYS FEEL RALLY GOOD ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU’VE SEEN TODAY IN GOING FORWARD AND SUNDAY AND MONDAY? YOU GUYS FEEL PREPARED FOR WHAT’S TO COME? >> WE ARE PREPARED. AND WE WANT OUR CITIZENS TO TAKE — YOU KNOW, TAKE STRENGTH FROM THAT. BUT WE DON’T LET OUR GUARD DOWN. WE’RE READY TO RESPOND AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE. AND, YOU KNOW, WE’RE CERTAINLY NOT READY TO SAY “MISSION COMPLETE” YET. WE KNOW WE’VE GOT A LONG DAY AND THROUGH THE NIGHT. BUT WE’LL BE PREPARED. ANY POSTDAMAGE TO RESPOND TO. BUT WE’RE ALSO GOING TO BE PREPARED TO MOVE ASSETS AS NEEDED TO-OUR PARTNERS ALONG THE COAST. >> Reporter: AND CAN YOU TALK ABOUT — HAS THERE BEEN ANY HELP FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT OUTSIDE COLUMBIA TO COME HERE TO HELP WITH ANYTHING THAT’S GOING ON? >> THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED. THAT HAPPENED IN 2015. WE EXERCISED SOME MOUS WITH OTHER JURISDICTIONS, BECAUSE WE HAD A PROLONGED SECURITY PRESENCE NECESSARY IN SOME IF OUR AFFECTED NEIGHBORHOODS.

WE THINK THIS WILL BE A SITUATION PROBABLY THAT SOME ■ç OF OUR COASTAL CITIES WILL BE EXPERIENCING, AND WE PLAN TO PAY THAT. >> Reporter: I HAVE TO ASK YOU BEFORE I LEAVE: ARE YOU STAYING DRY? >> JUST TO BE FAIR TO THE MEN AND WOMEN, I’LL WALK OUT IN THE PARKING LOT OCCASIONALLY AND LET THE RAIN HIT ME IN THE FACE REALLY GOOD. YES, RIGHT NOW, I’M 72 DEGREES AND DRY. I’M READY TO MOVE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE, TOO. >> Reporter: GOT A LITTLE SPRINKLE, BUT READY TO GET OUT THERE IF YOU NEED TO. >> YES, SIR. >> Reporter: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING TIME. GUYS, WE’RE SENDING IT ON TO YOU. . >> I HAD CONFLICT WITH MY WARDROBE AND WHERE I WAS GOING TO SIT.

IT PROBABLY WORKED OUT BETTER. >> Reporter: THERE WE GO. WE GOT THE ANSWER. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, MICHAEL FULLER. YEAH, A LITTLE KNOWN FACT. I DON’T KNOW IF MOST PEOPLE KNOW, BUT CHIEF SKIP HOLBROOKE CAME TO US FROM MARSHALL, WEST VIRGINIA, WHERE HE WAS IN CHARGE DOWN THERE JUST LIKE HE IS HERE. I KNOW HE WOULD HAVE BEEN TORN HAD THAT GAME GONE ON.

>> THAT GAME IS NOT GOING ON, AND THE GAMECOCKS WILL RESCHEDULE. HOPEFULLY ANOTHER OPPONENT SOMETIME IN OCTOBER. IF THEY DO, THAT WILL MAKE 4 STRAIGHT HOME GAMES FOR THE GAMECOCKS IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. >> OTHER PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TWEETING US ABOUT CBS’S SCHEDULE TODAY. THE GAME WILL GO ON AS SCHEDULED ON OUR NETWORK WITH AUBURN. >> AND LSU, I BELIEVE. >> ALL RIGHT. WE WANT TO GO TO BRANDON RITTEMAN. THEY ARE DEALING WITH WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES THERE, AND SOME DOWNED TREES AND ROADWAYS. AS OUR TEAM COVERAGE CONTINUES NOW. LET’S SAY GOOD AFTERNOON TO YOU, BRANDON. >> Reporter: I GOT TO TELL YOU, SO FAR, AT LEAST HERE IN MANNING, THE RAIN HAS BEEN MORE THE STORY THAN THE WIND, BECAUSE THE STORM IS TAKING ITS SWEET TIME GETTING OUT TO US.

I WILL ALSO IT WILL YOU THE NATIONAL GUARD HABITATIONING VEHICLES LIKE THE ONE YOU SEE BEHIND ME ALL OVER THE REGION, PREPARING THEM FOR THE EVENTUAL FLOODS EXPECTED TO HIT HERE. THESE CAN BE USED TO PULL PEOPLE OUT OF HARM’S WAY. HERE TO TALK TO ME A LITTLE ABOUT THAT, I HAVE CAPTAIN ROSS COOK, WHO IS IN CHARGE. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME. APPRECIATE IT. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> Reporter: TALK TO ME A LITTLE ABOUT HOW MANY OF THESE RIGS ARE OUT THERE. IT HAS A FANCY ACRONYM LIKE EVERYTHING IN THE MILITARY. >> THIS IS THE LMVP. IT’S A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE. WE TRANSPORT SUPPLIES AND VEHICLES. IN THIS CASE WE’RE USING IT FOR A HIGH-WATER RESCUE MISSION. IF ANYONE IN CLARENDON COUNTY IS STUCK UNDERWATER, NEEDS HELP, THAN WE’LL SEND THAT VEHICLE OUT. WE JUST ACTUALLY PUSHED A CONVOY OF ABOUT 15 OF THEM OUT TO VARIOUS LOCATIONS ALL THROUGH THE LOW COUNTRY HERE AND THE PD REGION, AND SAME MISSION FOR THEM.

THEY’RE GOING TO VARIOUS ARMORIES AND EOCS, FIRE STATIONS, AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE USED AS A QUICK RESPONSE FOR US FOR HIGH-WATER MISSIONS LIKE THAT. >> Reporter: YOUR DEPOT IN MANNING HAS BEEN SERVING SORT OF THE GAS STATION. THEY’RE COMING IN, FILLING UM, MAKING SURE THEY’RE READY TO GO WHEN NEEDED. THESE CAN BE USED IN TIMES WHEN THE HELICOPTERS CAN’T FLY. A, YOU DON’T HAVE A HELICOPTER MAYBE FOR EVER HOUSE THAT NEEDS NIT THE MIDDLE OF AN EMERGENCY, BUT B, THEY CAN’T ALWAYS FLY, ESPECIALLY WITH HIGH WINDS. >> THAT’S TOTALLY CORRECT. THEY CAN GO WHERE HELICOPTERS CAN’T. THEY’RE DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BIGGEST ASSETS THE STATE HAS TO RESPOND TO ANY NEEDING THAT HAPPENS. >> Reporter: IF A NEIGHBORHOOD IS GETTING HIT WITH FLOODWATER, HOW MANY FOLKS CAN YOU FIT IN THE BACK OF THAT IF YOU NEED TO START PULLING PEOPLE OUT? >> YOU CAN PROBABLY FIT 20 PEOPLE OUT THERE. DEPENDS ON HOW TIGHT YOU WANT TO CRAM THEM IN THERE. IT CAN HANDLE A BIG LOAD OF PEOPLE. >> Reporter: I’M SHOWER PEOPLE DON’T MIND SQUEEZING IN IF THEY SEE YOU IN A PINCH.

MORE THAN HAPPY. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE YOU AROUND THE AREA A LITTLE MORE. TALK ABOUT WHY THAT IS AND WHAT YOU HAVE GOING ON THE REST OF THE DAY WHILE WE WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS STORM IS GOING TO DO. >> IT’S STILL ROLLING THROUGH. IT’S NOT OVER YET. THE BIG CONCERN NOW IS ALL THE FLOODING THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN OR LIKELY GOING TO HAPPEN. THE NATIONAL GUARD IS STILL GEARING UP, PUTTING PEOPLE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS WE CAN MOST QUICKLY RESPOND TO HELP PEOPLE. >> Reporter: YEAH. YOU WERE TELLING ME, SOME OF THESE WERE BEING POSITIONED AT, LIKE, THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS OR FIRE DEPARTMENTS AROUND THE AREA? >> YEAH. THIS ONE HERE IS TECHNICALLY CONTROLLED, I GUESS, FOR NOW BY THE EOC IN CLARENDON COUNTY.

CLARENDON COUNTY GETS A MISSION THEY NEED HELP WITH, THIS LMPV AND THREE OF MY SOLDIERS ARE READY TO GO AND SUPPORT THAT. >> Reporter: NORMALLY THEY HAVE SHERIFF’S VEHICLES AND FIRE TRUCKS. NOW THEY HAVE THIS. >> EXACTLY. >> Reporter: YOU’RE WORKING FOR THEM AND WAITING FOR THE CALL? >> THAT’S IT. >> Reporter: I CAN TELL, YOU ARE GOING TO START TO SEE THESE VEHICLES IN THE AREA MORE. THEY WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW THEY’RE THERE. ONE THING WE HEARD TALKING TO THE MAYOR OF MANNING EARLIER TODAY, THEY’RE CONCERNED PEOPLE ARE GOING TO SEE THIS STORM IS TAKING ITS TIME TO GET HERE AND THINK, MAYBE IT’S NOT SO BAD. IT IS GOING TO BE PRETTY BAD. THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO GIVE UPERING IN PLACE, BECAUSE THEY ARE EXPECTING HIGHER WINDS, AND THEY ARE EXPECTING A LOT MORE RAIN. THESE GUYS ARE NOT STANDING DOWN. YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER.

YOU WANT TO STAY HUNKERED DOWN UNTIL THIS THING PASSES OVER YOUR AREA, BECAUSE IT IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE FLOODING RAINS. YOU DON’T WANT ANY PART OF THAT. YOU DON’T WANT TO GET STUCK OUT OF WAY FROM YOUR HOME EITHER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. WITH THAT, WE’RE GOING TO SEND IT BACK TO YOU GUYS. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, BRANDON. LOVE SEEING OUR BIG MILITARY PRESENCE HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA THAT WE KNOW VERY WELL ABOUT.

THERE’S MORE THAN 2,000 SOUTH CAROLINA SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN WHO ARE WORKING. THEY’RE AT McINTIRE, BLUFF ROAD. THEY’RE ALSO AT SC E AND D AS WELL AT THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT THERE. I WAS TALKING TO ONE OF THE PILOT YESTERDAY, ONE OF THE HELICOPTER PILOT, AND HE SAID THEIR BLACK HAWKS WORRIED DAY IN CASE THEY HAVE TO GO OUT AND DO SWIFT WATER RESCUES. AND IT’S SOMETHING THEY HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR, AND THAT THEY’RE READY FOR. SO THEY ARE ALL ON STAND BY AS WELL IF NEED BE. UNFORTUNATELY WE DO NOW KNOW WE HAVE OUR FIRST DEATH HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE SAID THAT BEFORE, BUT WE DIDN’T HAVE MANY DETAILS. WE JUST GOT THEM INTO THE NEWSROOM. HAPPENING IN UNION COUNTY. AND OFFICIALS SAY THAT IT WAS A 61-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED LATE LAST NIGHT ON THE ROAD. THIS BREAKS MY HEART. SHE STRUCK A TREE SHE DIDN’T SEE WHILE SHE WAS DRIVING ALONG HIGHWAY 18 NEAR UNION.

CAPTAIN KELLY HUGHES WITH okSOU CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL WHO WE SPOKE TO YESTERDAY SAID SHE WAS WEARING HER SEAT BELT, BUT SHE DIED AT THE SCENE. THERE WAS NO PASSENGERS IN THE CAR AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. AND HE SAYS THE TREE WAS ■çABOU 6 FEET ABOVE THE ROAD SURFACE AND THAT THE VEHICLE’S ROOF IS WHAT HIT THE TREE. WE WERE SAYING, JUST DON’T VENTURE OUT AT NIGHT, BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE. IT’S REALLY FRIGHTENING. I’VE GOT TO BE HONEST, J. R., I CAME INTO WORK TODAY AT ABOUT THIS MORNING,. I WAS WHITE KNUCKLING IT. IT IS SO HARD TO SEE IF THERE’S A BRANCH OR TREE OR SOMETHING WORSE IN FRONT OF YOU. >> THERE’S SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THAT A HURRICANE IS DANGEROUS. FALLING TREES ALSO MAKE HUER CAPES SO DANGEROUS. WE KNOW WITH HIGH WIND GUSTS, AND WE ARE GETTING THOSE, WIND GUSTS MORE THAN 50 MILES PER R/=eé■eAT HAVE BEEN REPORTEDfçT BRING THEM DOWN. WE KNOW THE FIRST TWO DEATHS FROM WHAT WAS HURRICANE FLORENCE YESTERDAY, WERE IN NORTH CAROLINA WHEN A TREE FELL ON A HOME AND KILLED A MOM AND A BABY, AND THEN SOMEBODY DIED TRYING TO PLUG IN THEIR GENERAL RAY TORE.

SO THERE’S ALL — PLUG IN GENERATOR. SO THERE’S ALL KINDS OF WAYS THAT A HURRICANE CAN BE DANGEROUS. >> JACOB REYNOLDS IS STANDING BY WITH AN UPDATE. >> Reporter: J.R., GOOD AFTERNOON. WE WANT TO TAKE YOU THROUGH CONDITIONS HERE IN FLORENCE. IT’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT SINCE WE UPDATED YOU. THROUGHOUT THE MORNING IT WAS KIND OF LULL WHEN WE FIRST GOT OUT HERE LIVE REPORTING, AND THEN IT CALMED DOWN A LITTLE BIT, THEN IT PICKED BACK UP c5v7 WE WERE TALKING TO EFREN, RATE AROUND 9:00.

IT WAS COMING DOWN PRETTY GOOD, CONSISTENT RAIN, AND NOW IT IS BACK TO A LITTLE BIT CALMER. JUST A SLIGHT DRIZZLE ON AND OFF. THAT RAIN HAS REALLY CALMED DOWN A LITTLE BIT. AND NOT REALLY GUSTING AS MUCH. PRETTY CONSISTENT WIND BUT NOT ANY OF THOSE STRONG GUSTS WE WERE GETTING EARLIER THIS MORNING. WE’RE STILL HERE AT THAT STAGING CENTER WHERE WE SAW THOSE PICKUP TRUCKS AND WHATNOT LEAVING. IT’S OUR UNDERSTANDING NOW THAT THOSE TRUCKS WEREN’T GOING OFF TO ASSESS DAMAGE, THEY WERE ACTUALLY GOING BACK OUT TO START TURNING ON POWER, RECLOSING BREAKERS TO GET YMr0O FUSES. AND THEY’LL START DOING DAMAGE ASSESSMENT TOMORROW AND MONDAY. IT’S OUR UNDERSTANDING THE SAME THING IS GOING ON IN MYRTLE BEACH. THEN THOSE CREWS ARE GOING TO GO UP TO NORTH CAROLINA, THE EPICENTER OF WHERE THIS STORM DID THE MOST DAMAGE. IT’S OUR UNDERSTANDING FROM HERE AND FROM MYRTLE BEACH A MAJORITY OF THE CRORES ARE PIKE CONTRACTORS. THOSE ARE DUKE ENERGY’S BIGGEST CONTRACTORS BUT THE GUY WE TALKED TO IN THE HOTEL SAID THEY’VE GOT CREWS FROM ALL OVER.

I KNOW WE’VE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT THOSE CELL PHONE TOWER OPERATORS WHO WERE HERE FROM FLORIDA. WE TALKED TO SOME OTHER GAS GUYS WHO WERE HERE AT THE FLORENCE CENTER. THEY WERE FROM HOUSTON. ONE OF THEM M-ú■ @W*P HARVEY, IRMA, AND NOW OF COURSE WAS HEAR, AND THOSE GAS CREWS MAKE SURE THAT ALL THESE ENERGY TRUCKS THAT YOU SEE, WHEN THEY COME BACK IN THE EVENING, HAVE GAS. SOMETIMES IT’S HARD TO FIND IN THESE AREAS, ESPECIALLY ONCE THEY GET TO THE HARDER HIT SPOTS. THE ONE GAS STATION IN FLORENCE IS GOING TO STAY OPEN AS LONG AS THEY CAP, AND THEY’RE HOPING TO KEEP GAS UNTIL THEN. THEY ARE OUT OF DIESEL ALREADY BUT THAT MANAGER TOLD US THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO GET ANOTHER SHIPMENT IN THE MORNING. HE ALSO SAID DID HE NOT OPEN UNTIL HE MADE SURE KEY GET ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES HERE SAFELY.

WE DID TALK TO FLORENCE E M.D. EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. THEY TOLD US THEY HAD THANKFULLY NO MAJOR REPORTS OF DAMAGE, ÷ 87)2%í ASSESSORS STILL OUT. THEY SAID THEY HAD SOME TREES COME DOWN EVERYNIGHT, BUT THOSE HAD ALREADY BEEN CLEARED BY THE FLORENCE FIRE DEPARTMENT AS EARLY AS THIS MORNING. THAT ALSO MATCHES WHAT WE’RE HEARING OUT OF THE MYRTLE BEACH AREA. I KNOW WE WERE THERE EARLIER THIS WEEK, AND THEY TOLD US THEY HAVE HAD NO MAJOR REPORTS OF DAMAGE. STILL, THIS IS THE MAJORITY OF TREES DOWN, SOME TRAFFIC LIGHTS OUT, MINOR STREET FLOODING, THINGS LIKE THAT. AND A, OF COURSE, THEIR BIGGEST CONCERN AS THE STORM CONTINUES IS ANY FLOODING FROM RAIN OR FROM WATER COMING FROM NORTH CAROLINA. AND THEY ALSO ARE STILL REMAINING PEOPLE NOT TO RETURN UNTIL THE GOVERNOR LIFTS THOSE MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDERS.

BUT THEY ARE SAYING WHEN YOU DO RETURN, PLEASE COME BACK WITH FULL TANKS OF GAS AND OTHER #cXY- 3m9, WILL BE WITHOUT POWER AS THEY ASSESS WHAT’S GOING ON THERE. SO REALLY THAT’S THE FULL PICTURE OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN FLORENCE WITH THOSE CONDITIONS AND THOSE ENERGY CREWS ALREADY TRYING TO RESTORE POWER TO FLORENCE. AND THEN THAT’S ALSO WHAT’S GOING ON IN MYRTLE BEACH AS WE KNOW IT FROM THOSE PHONE CALL CONVERSATIONS WE’RE HAVING WITH THEM, THEIR TWITTER FEEDS AND EVERYTHING WE CAN DO TO KEEP YOU UP TO DAY. J.R., ANGIE, I WILL SENT BACK TO YOU. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, BUT THAT’S IT FROM FLORENCE. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, JACOB. YOU’VE DONE A GREAT JOB FOR US.

WE’RE LOOKING AT DRAMATIC VIDEO OUT OF NORTH CAROLINA WHERE IN .$FÁ;Lrí429íQ=?#wc 9fá-H■wR?uUc% BEFORE ALL IS SAID AND DONE. THAT IS ONE OF THE BIG CONCERNS TONIGHT THAT ALL THAT REIGN NORTH CAROLINA IS GOING TO LEAD TO FLOODING OFF OF RIVERS HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA SOMETIME IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO. WE UNDERSTAND THERE IS SOME DAMAGE IN OUR COVERAGE AREA. LET’S GOOD TO SUMTER. NICK JONES IS STANDING BY. I UNDERSTAND THERE’S A TREE ON A CAR.

IS THAT WHAT YOU FOUND? >> Reporter: EXACTLY RIGHT. I’M GOING TO STEP OUT OF THE WAY SO YOU CAN SEE THAT. OBVIOUSLY THE WIND HAS BEEN A PROBLEM IN THIS AREA, AND A LOT SLAT BEEN BECAUSE OF THE WIND GUSTS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH HERE. OBVIOUSLY SHAW AIR FORCE BASE HAD ABOUT 45-MILE-PER-HOUR WIND YESTERDAY. BUT TREE FELL DOWN ON @:TXcË#” B DOWNTOWN SUMTER. I’M JOINED BY JONATHAN, THE HOME OWNER. TELL ME WHAT YOU WERE EXPERIENCING LAST NIGHT. >> ABOUT LAST NIGHT THE WIND AND RAIN STARTED PICK UP, AND WE HEARD A LOUD THUD. I WAS ON THE OTHER END OF THE HOUSE. I WOKE MY WIFE UP AND WE CAME OUTSIDE AND SAW THE TREE WAS LAYING ACROSS THE POWER LINE AND HAD LANDED IN THE YARD ON TOP OF OUR CAR.

>> Reporter: WAS THIS SOMETHING YOU WERE EXPECTING? OBVIOUSLY WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS HURRICANE, TROPICAL STORM FOR AWHILE. >> WE HAD SOME ISSUES WITH TREES COMING DOWN DURING THE HAFT HURRICANE, AND I LIVED IN SUMTER THROUGH HUGO. WE DIDN’T THINK IT WAS GOING TO Kñg9 éE b9204/nN THINGS ARE GOING TO BE HAPPENING LATER THINK. >> Reporter: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING IS EVERYBODY OKAY, THE HOME OKAY.

>> EVERYBODY IS FINE. THE HOME DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT’S TAKEN ON ANY DAMAGE. THE CAR, OLD ENOUGH, DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT HAS ANY MAJOR DAMAGE, EITHER, BUT ?óñ?ñ?EVERY IS SAFE, NO ISSUES. >> AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING. OBVIOUSLY WE HAD THE STUFF STARTED LAST NIGHT FOR YOU, BUT WE’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT MORE TO GO. HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL? ARE YOU WORRIED AT ALL? >> I WASN’T WORRIED BEFORE. I’M A LITTLE BIT MORE WORRIED NOW, BUT WE’RE GOING TO HOLD IN PLACE AND HOPE FOR THE BEST. >> Reporter: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT GOING THROUGH THE CIRCUMSTANCES, ANYTHING THAT YOU’RE THANKFUL ÷Ro@IV ©r SAFE. I’VE GOT A ONE-YEAR-OLD INSIDE. THIS IS HER FIRST BIG EVENT LIKE THIS. LUCKILY NOTHING HAS HAPPENED. I’VE GOT FAMILY THAT LEFT FROM OUT OF TOWN BECAUSE THEY WERE HERE FOR THE FLOODING.

JUST THANKFUL EVERYBODY IS OKAY. >> Reporter: FOR SURE. THANKS, JONATHAN. OBVIOUS UNTIL IS JUST THE BEGINNING. WE’VE BEEN COVERING THIS ALL DAY. I KNOW THERE’S MORE TREES OUT. THIS IS OVER 100-YEAR-OLD HOME HERE IN DOWNTOWN SUMTER AREA SO THIS IS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING SO FAR, AND THIS IS WHY THE CITY OFFICIALS ARE ASKING FOLKS JUST TO STAY INDOORS, BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT DEBRIS COULD BE FALLING YOUR WAY. hzP┃S@lesk@bzwçunEA n$MlI]Y -ühS CAR, WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE STREET? DO YOU SIGH ANY MORE DAMAGE? IS THIS SPORADIC SITUATIONS GOING ON OVER THERE OR WHAT? >> Reporter: WE HAVEN’T HAD NECESSARILY A THEME AS FAR AS WHAT TREES ARE FALLING IN WHAT AREAS, BECAUSE IT’S BEEN KIND OF SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.

OBVIOUS UNTIL AREA, IT’S AN HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT TREES. YOU CAN SEE A LITTLE DEBRIS IN OTHER PARTS, IF YOU LOOK IN THE STREET. NOT SO MUCH THIS STREET BUT OTHER PARTS ON SOME OF THE SIDE STREETS THERE’S A LOT OF BRANCHES THAT HAVE BEEN LAYING ON THE GROUND, BUT I THINK RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD NEAR CALHOUN STREET THERE’S ANOTHER TREE THAT FELL DOWN THAT AREA, BUT ‘ 9 SWM OBVIOUSLY THERE’S BEEN THINGS GOING ON IN THE BACK ROADS, BUT NOT SO MUCH HAS BEEN HAPPEN SOG FAR AT LEAST IN DOWNTOWN SUMTER SO FAR.

>> ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU SO MUCH. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, NICK. WE KNOW TREES ARE DOWN. WE’VE SEEN IT IN LEXINGTON, WE SOUGHT IN COLUMBIA, WE SOUGHT IN HEATH WOOD, SUMTER. YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT THOSE WINDS ARE GUSTING 30, 40, EVEN 50 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S GOING TO BRING BRANCHES DOWN. IT CAN ACTUALLY TOPPLE WHOLE TREES AS WELL. >> IF YOU HAVE ANY KIND OF — RIGHT NOW IF YOU’RE WATCHING, WE KNOW THAT SOME STRONG WINDS MAY BE COMING THROUGH LATER THIS AFTERNOON INTO TONIGHT. IF YOU ARE PARKED /,éíÛROZ=CHúzt2t1 TRYING TO GET TO SAFETY AND, OF COURSE, HUNKER DOWN FROM THE EFFECTS OF TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE. AT THIS POINT THEY HAD ABOUT 70 PEOPLE INSIDE THE SHELTER. THE CAPACITY IS 700. AS YOU CAN HEAR, THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO COME HERE IF THEY ARE TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THE EFFECTS OF THIS STORE.

WE TALKED TO THE KERSHAW COUNTY SHERIFF EARLIER TODAY. HE TELLS ME THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF REPORTS OF ANY DAMAGE, BUT THEY DO HAVE SOME POWER OUTAGES IN THE AREA, BUT NOT A LOT HERE. SO IT APPEARS AT THIS POINT THAT THE MAJORITY OF KERSHAW zOUNTY HAS ]Lf2Ucq1Y $÷q,%!Sé+ OF THE MAJOR EFFECTS FROM THIS HURRICANE HERE. BUT AGAIN THE RAIN AND THE WIND IS A MAJOR ISSUE HERE IN KERSHAW COUNTY. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THIS BEFORE WE LEAVE HERE. INSIDE OF THIS SHELTER THEY ARE ASKING PEOPLE, IF THEY DO COME TO BRING SOME BEDDING, TO MAKE THEMSELVES COMFORTABLE ONCE INSIDE. THEY WILL PROVIDE THE COTS, THOUGH. THE ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW AS WE CONTINUE TO GET THESE WINDS HERE IN KERSHAW COUNTY, IT’S IMPORTANT TO TIE DOWN THINGS THAT MAY BE IN YOUR YARD OR THINGS AROUND YOU THAT CAN TURN INTO PROJECTILES AND, OF COURSE, BE DANGEROUS FOR YOU AND YOUR NEIGHBORS.

SO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE TYING DOWN THINGS IN YOUR YARD. i-H6SwS++Y”STRONG IN st (Du)Q@]y KERSHAW COUNTY. WE WILL CONTINUE TO STAY OUT HERE AND TRACK THESE WEATHER CONDITIONS. THAT’S THE LATEST FROM KERSHAW COUNTY. I’M RICOH BUSH. >> THAT’S GOOD ADVICE. LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD AND ASSESS WHAT COULD PERFORM A PROJECTILE. RICOH WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THE SHELTERS. THE RED CROSS JUST TWEETED OUT PATIENT SAYING THAT LAST NIGHT MORE THAN 6,200 PEOPLE SPENT THE NIGHT IN ABOUT 70 SHELTERS HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. THEY SHOWED A REALLY SWEET PICTURE OF THE PRILOH FAMILY WHAT THEY SAY RODE OUT FLORENCE AT RIDGE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL IN COLUMBIA. YOU CAN SEE THEY HAVE THEIR RED CROSS BLANKETS ON, AND THE FAMILY DID WELL AT RIDGEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. RIDGEVIEW 9) PLACE TO GO. EVERYBODY IS WELCOME. >> WE ARE EXPECTING AN UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF COLUMBIA AS THEY PREPARE FOR THIS STORM. THEY ARE GOING TO UPDATE US IN A FEW MOMENTS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE READY TO GO WITH WHATEVER HAPPENS HERE IN THE COLUMBIA AREA.

AS WE AWAIT THAT WE WANT TO GO TO NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA. THIS IS A LIVE LOOK AS WE AWAIT THAT PRESS CONFERENCE. NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA. A CAR DEALERSHIP THERE SUFFERED SOME PRETTY GOOD DAMAGE FROM FLORENCE. >> Reporter: WE WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMETHING THAT DEFINITELY CAUGHT OUR ATTENTION HERE IN NEW BERN. WE’RE OFF HIGHWAY 70. THIS ARCH WAY HEPEJ=kShnT2] z+:) CADILLAC DEALERSHIP CAME CRASHING DOWN, SMASHING SEVERAL CARS HERE. TAKE A LOOK. THIS WHOLE WINDSHIELD COMPLETELY SMASHED IN. THERE’S SEVERAL CARS HERE BEHIND IT LINED UP.

MOSTLY THE HOOD ON THESE OTHER CARS HAVE BEEN SMASHED. YOU CAN SEE THIS CAR AT TEND AND THE OTHER CAR AT THE END OF THE ARCHWAY. THE WINDSHIELD IS SMASHED. QUITE A SIGHT TO SEE. I MEAN, IT LITERALLY JUST BLEW RIGHT OVER. WE ARE TRAVELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY. WE NOTICE NEED POWER IS OUT HERE. NOT VERY MANY STORES OPEN BECAUSE OF THOSE POWER OUTAGES. I’M AMANDA ROLLEY REPORTING. OH MY GOSH, INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE TO THOSE BRAND-NEW j34O RUNED NOW FOR SURE. THAT JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THE STRONGEST OF TEXTS OF THIS STORM, OBVIOUSLY ON THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA.

AND FOR THAT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE THAT AND BLOW IT DOWN, AND TO LAND ON TOP OF THOSE VEHICLES THAT’S INCREDIBLE. >> TERRIBLE. JUST LIKE J.R. SAID, WE ARE WAITING FOR MAYOR BENJAMIN TO TALK ABOUT THE CITY OF COLUMBIA. NOT TOO LONG AGO HE WAS TALKING ON HIS SOCIAL MEDIA SAYING THAT HE WANTED US, THE PRESS TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THE HOMELESS POPULATION, HE SAID HE’S BEEN SPEAKING WITH THEM, AND HE SAID THAT THE PD ARE TRANSPORTING T( COLUMBIA TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE AS THE STORM AND WATER AND FLOODING CONTINUES. >> THERE IS A TWEET THAT YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT. THE MAYOR TWEETING THIS OUT.

HIS PRIORITIES, THE AS WE GET READY FOR IMPACT, INSURE THE PROTECTION OF LIVES, PROPERTY, AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. SO THE MAYOR EXPECTED TO GIVE US AN UPDATE. WE WILL HEAR FROM THE POLICE CHIEF. WE’LL PROBABLY HEAR FROM LEON LOTT AS WELL. AT WE’VE GOT AN UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER. WHILE WE AWAIT THE PRESS BRIEFING LET’S GO TO EFREN WITH AN UPDATE ON THE STORE. >> Reporter: CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT THE WIND HAS BEEN THE ISSUE THAT WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, SUSTAINED WINDS RIGHT NOW OUT GRNHyQ@ GENERALLY BETWEEN 20 TO 25 MILES PER HOUR SUES STAIRNTIOND AND POSSIBLY A LITTLE HIGHER, BUT THE WIND GUST IS STILL THE MAJOR FACTOR.

WE’VE BEEN SHOWING REPORTING OF DAMAGES, TREES DOWN, SOME ISSUES WITH DAMAGED HOMES. THE WINDS GUSTS NOW ARE BEING REPORTED ALREADY AROUND 35. KEEP IN MIND, A TROPICAL STORM FORCE GUST IS 39 MILES PER HOUR. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE WE’RE ON YOUR SIDE AND TELLING WHAT YOU THE TIMELINE IS OF ALL THESE SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT WE’RE EXPECTING OVER THE NEXT 36 HOURS. WITH THAT TIMELINE, METEOROLOGIST DANIEL IS GOING TO TELL US WHAT WE’RE DEALING WITH, BECAUSE IT’S SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT ■”k >> WE’RE WATCHING THAT CLOSELY OVER THE NEXT DAY AND DAY AND A HALF OR. SO THIS IS OUR TIMELINE THAT WE’RE EXPECTING THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE TO HEAVY RAIN FALLING. THAT’S THE CASE RIGHT NOW. WINDS 25 TO 40 MILES PER HOUR, MAYBE SOME STRONGER GUSTS. WE DO HAVE THAT FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL TOMORROW. SATURDAY EVENING, STILL POCKET OF MODERATE RAINFALLLY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE MIDLANDS. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY GET A LITTLE WEAKER, WINDS 20 TO 30 MILES PER HOUR, MAYBE SOME GUSTS UP TO 40.

STILL GOT THAT HEAVY RAIN POTENTIAL, AND AGAIN THAT FLASH FLOOD WATCH DOES CONTINUE UNTIL TOMORROW NIGHT. LOOKING AHEAD TOWARDS LATE TONIGHT, EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WE STILL DON’T HAVE THOSE POCKET OF MODERATE RAIN FALLING. WINDS GRADUALLY GETTING A C 30, THEN GOING AHEAD IN TIME, SUNDAY MORNING, STILL OCCASIONAL SHOWERS MOVING ACROSS THE AREA. WINDS STILL GRADUALLY DYING OFF, 10 TO 25 — OR 10 TO 20 MILES PER HOUR. CAN’T RULE OUT SOME GUSTS UP TO 25. AND THERE WILL BE THAT POTENTIAL FOR FLASH FLOODING. TOMORROW AFTERNOON THE RAIN WILL SLOWLY COME TO ANDY. STILL GOING TO BE BREEDS AT TIMES. WE WILL HAVE THOSE WINDS, THOSE GUSTS KICK UP TO ABOUT 25 WITH SUSTAINED WINDS UP TO ABOUT 20, 10 TO 20 MILES PER HOURFUL AS WE HAVE BEEN MENTIONING WE WILL CONTINUE THAT FLASH FLOOD WATCH UNTIL 8:00.

AND THAT INCLUDES MOST OF THE MIDLANDS. WE WILL ALSO BE WATCHING THE POTENTIAL FOR RIVER FLOODING. THAT’S GOING TO BE A CONCERN INTO NEXT WEEK AS A ALL THIS RAIN CONTINUES TO MAKE US WAY THROUGH SOUTH CAROLINA. THAT’S KIND OF THE TIMELINE OF WHAT WE EXPECT OVER THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THIS RAIN AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SOME GUSTY WINDS. GUYS. >> ALL RIGHT, DANIEL EFREN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE OUT AND ABOUT THE BEST ADVICE FROM THE HIGHWAY PATROL, STAY PUT. YOU CAN STAY HOME, ENJOY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY. LUCK ALLOT OF PEOPLE ARE HEEDING THAT WARNING. I KNOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES THAT ARE OPEN. I SAW SOME ON THE WAY IN THIS MORNING. THEY’RE OPEN AND THEY’RE OPEN, BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH BUSINESS THEY ARE GOING TO GET BECAUSE I THINK A l THEY’RE GOING TO STAY HOME AND RIDE THIS STORM OUT, WHATEVER COMES THEIR WAY.

>> I WAS ACTUALLY SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT ANYTHING WAS OPEN TODAY. WE SAW TARGET ACROSS THE STREET FROM WLTX. I EXPECTED THEM TO BE CLOSED DOWN, BUT THEY WEREN’T. ALL RIGHT, WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE CITY OF COLUMBIA. WE JUST HEARD MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN IS GETTING READY TO TAKE THE PODIUM TO GIVE US AN UPDATE. >> THEY ARE STILL WALKING IN AND GETTING SET, BUT THIS IS GOING TO GET STARTED AN UNFEW MINUTES. AS THIS GETS UNDERWAY WE HAVE A ■GapcMQpO/újOoE2Z=@ñ■X-úyADq%ÜYZ THAT’S OUR FLORENCE HELP LINE NUMBER. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL WE DO HAVE PEOPLE STANDING BY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

647-0299. THERESA WILSON, THE CITY MANAGER THERE. SAM DAVIS, THE COUNCILMAN. BEHIND THEM, MAYOR STEVE BENJAMIN. WE ARE ALMOST READY TO GO HERE. AND WE WILL GET AN UPDATE ON WHAT THE CITY OF COLUMBIA HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS STORM. >> I ALSO SEE POLICE CHIEF SKIP HOLBROOK, WHO WE JUST GOT DONE TALKING TO STANDING IN THE BACK. SHERIFF LEON LOTT IS THERE. SO ALL OF THE BIG PLAYERS IN THE COLUMBIA AND RICHLAND COUNTY AREA. ‘#n5rG8h%B:5H5 WE’VE HAD A FEW MINOR POWER INTERRUPTIONS AT SOME OF OUR PUMP STAITIONDZ BUT SC AND E HAS BEEN REMARKABLE IN THEIR RESPONSE AND VERY HELPFUL TO GET THINGS BACK RUNNING. WE’RE MONITORING OUR WASTE WATER COLLECTION SYSTEM. WE HAVE HAD NO SANITATION OR SEWER OVERFLOWS TO DAY.

WE HAVE HAD NO WATER MAIN BREAKS OR SERVICE INTERRUPTIONS. WE’RE VERY PLEASED. THE CANAL IS STABLE. WE’RE MANAGING THE WATER LEVELS APPROPRIATELY AND FEEL REALLY GOOD ABOUT OUR POSITION RIGHT NOW BUT ARE INSPECTING THAT ROUTINELY AND CONTINUE WITH OUR LEVEL OF CONCERN ABOUT HIGH WINDS AND ANY HEAVY PRECIPITATION. FROM A CUSTOMER CARE PERSPECTIVE, OUR CALL VOLUME IS RELATIVELY LOW RIGHT NOW BUT I ENCOURAGE OUR CUSTOMERS, IF YOU c63=tru8]6kUáÑiOÑ”ií=á8LB US KNOW. >> I’M JOYCE DICKERSON, CHAIR OF RICHLAND COUNTY. ON BEHALF OF RICHLAND COUNTY, I HAVE SEVERAL OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE WITH ME TODAY AND WE ARE HERE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE SHERIFF AND WITH THE MAYOR AND ALL OF THE CITY OFFICIALS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS COUNTY AND THIS CITY IS SAFE, AND THEREFORE WE’VE GOT LOTS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA WORKING IN PUBLIC WORKS, DOING AN ASSESSMENT OF THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY, AND WE JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE HERE TO MAKE SURE TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT TO ALL OF US, SHOWING THAT WE’RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CITIZENS ARE SAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH. Q7ñaXR;qkLP rC CHAIR. DR. DAVIS. >> THANK YOU MR. MAYOR. JUST AS AN UPDATE AT ABOUT P.M. TOMORROW THE RICHLAND 2 WILL BE HOLDING A MEETING, PHONE CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS AND ASSESS THE SITUATION IN OUR PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND AREA SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE WITH YOU INFORMATION RELATIVELY QUICK AS RELATES TO MONDAY. BUT JUST AS A REMINDER THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE CLOSED BY THE ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR. SO THAT ORDER IS NOT LIFTED. WE WILL NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN ON MONDAY. SHOULD SCHOOLS NOT OPEN MONDAY A BUTTS SAFE TO CONTINUE TO HAVE LUNCH SERVICES FOR OUR STUDENTS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE LUNCH SERVICES AT BOTH DIM MIDDLE yCk HEY SCHOOL. AS CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE WE WILL CONTINUE TO ASSESS BY SENDING OUT OUR PRAYING AND LOGISTICS TEAMS TO MAKE SURE PLACES ARE SAFE AND SECURE FOR OUR STUDENT AS WELL AS OUR ROADS AND PATHWAYS TO ENSURE THAT OUR STUDENTS GET TO AND FROM SCHOOL SAFELY. AND AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT FAMILY, OUR TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS, COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR ALL THEY HAVE DONE TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE STAYS SAFE AND SECURE.

IF YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS AFTER YOU HAVE TAKEN CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, PLEASE DO. SO REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL ONE FAMILY. SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE STAY UP TO DATE AND GET THAT INFORMATION OUT TO j OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS AND SECURITY FORCES FOR MAKING SURE EVERYTHING IS SAFE AND SECURITY. AND OUR FINANCIAL DEPARTMENT FOR MAKING SURE ALL OF OUR FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS ARE TAKEN CARE OF, PARTICULAR MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

THANK YOU. >> DR. WITHERSPOON, RICHLAND 1. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. AS DR. DAVIS SAID, WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER. WE RECEIVED INFORMATION EARLY THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE THAT HOPEFULLY THE GOVERNOR MAY BE MAKING SOME ANNOUNCEMENT EITHER LATER ON TODAY OR TOMORROW, AND WE, ss÷3)b IXMI ASSESS OUR SECURITY AND OUR SAFETY, AND MAINTENANCE FOLKS HAVE BEEN OUT THROUGHOUT THIS TIME, MONITORING. WE DID HAVE IN THE SINGLE DIGITS A COUPLE OF FOLKS THAT VISITED RICHLAND HIGH SCHOOL. WE’LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR. WE HAD A RELATIVELY LARGE TREE TO FALL AT GASTON ELEMENTARY. NO DAMAGE TO THE BUILDING. BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AS WE KNOW IN THE COUNTY AND THROUGHOUT THE WIND SPEEDS VARY SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND CHECK THOSE THINGS AS WE GOs THROUGH. OUR TEACHERS AND A Hñ?ñ?ñ? ADMINISTRATORS STILL PROVIDING SOME LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS AS WE GO THROUGH THIS TIME. AGAIN, MONITOR THE WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA ON UPDATES AS THEY COME. THANK YOU. >> JOHN, COO. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. WE’RE STILL HERE TO SERVE AND PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.

WE DO HAVE STAFF THAT IS PROVIDING SHUTTLES TO HELP THE HOMELESS GET TO SHELTERS. WE’RE AVAILABLE FOR ASSIST AANCE. SERVICE STILL REMAINS SUSPENDED. WE WILL BE COMMUNICATING WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DETERMINE WHEN IT WILL BE SAFE FOR OUR BUSES TO RETURN BACK TO SERVICE. WE DO ENCOURAGE rk 7 R WEBSITE OR CALL OUR HOTLINE AT 803-255-7118 TO GET UP-TO-THE- MINUTE INFORMATION ABOUT WHEN SERVICE IS GOING TO BE POTENTIALLY RESTORED. WE HAVE LIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE AGENTS AT 803-255-7100.

>> COLONEL CURRIE FROM TRANSITIONS. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. ALL HOMELESS SHELTERS REMAIN OPEN IN THE MIDLANDS AREA TO INCLUDE TRANSITIONS. SO HOMELESS FOLKS ARE CONTINUING TO GET SERVICES. I WOULD HIGHLIGHT, TOO, WE’VE BEEN ON EXPANDED CAPACITY SINCE WEDNESDAY EVENING, AND TONIGHT WE WILL HAVE THE DAY CENTER OPEN AT TRANSITIONS AND TOMORROW NIGHT l WE SERVE 10– WE SERVED 100 ñ?ñ MORE MEALS THAN USUAL. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HAS OPENED ITS DOORS.

THEY HAD 14 PEOPLE THERE WHO WERE HOMELESS, BUT AGAIN THEY HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS TO TAKE ADDITIONAL OVERFLOW THERE. SO THERE’S PLENTY OF PLACES TO GO. WE ARE TAKING EVERYONE AT TRANSITIONS 18 OR OLDER, AND WE’RE OPENING OUR DOORS TO GET PEOPLE IN OFF THE STREET. WE HAVE BEEN COORDINATING WITH THE CITY ALL WEEK AND WITH UNITED WAY, AND WE’RE g% >> THANK YOU, COLONEL. >> THE COO OF UNITED WAY MIDLANDS. >> THANK YOU MR. MAYOR. I JUST WANT TO ADD A A LITTLE BIT TO WHAT COLONEL CURRIE HAD TO SAY. WE HAVE HAD VOLUNTEERS, STREET OUTREACH VOLUNTEER WORKERS ON THE STREETS SINCE MONDAY LETTING OUR PEOPLE. WE’VE HAD VOLUNTEERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO PEOPLE WHO ORDINARILY WOULD — WHO ORDINARILY WOULD pAG-HP]I@8 >> WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH CONGRESSMAN CLYBURN’S OFFICE AND A CONGRESSMAN WILSON’S OFFICE TO DIALOGUE, AND SENATOR GRAHAM AND SENATOR SCOTT. WE ARE ALL ONE BIG TEAM WORKING IN THE INTEREST OF u]ñ?ñALL OF CITIZENS. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK THERESA WILSON AND OUR ENTIRE TEAM AT THE CITY, DIRECTOR TINSLEY. WE’VE BEEN PREPARING FOR THIS, WORKING WITH ALL OUR PARTNERS ARM IN ARM.

AND I WILL TELL YOU IT’S NOT JUST WHEN THE STORMS COME BUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WE WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A PLACE THAT ENJOYS A HEY QUALITY OF LIFE. BUT WHEN THE TIMES GET TOUGH 9úu8;c0N WOMEN WHO MAKE THIS PLACE A SPECIAL PLACE TO LIVE. UNLESS SOMEONE HAS A REPORT OR A STATEMENT TO MAKE, WE CAN GO STRAIGHT INTO ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE PRESS MIGHT HAVE. DID I MISS SOMETHING? PLEASE, GO AHEAD. >> WE ALSO WANT TO ADDITIONALLY THANK THE SALVATION ARMY, AGAIN NOT ONLY FOR THEIR WORK ONE NIGHT WAY OF THE MIDLANDS AND TRANSITIONS FOR OUR HOMELESS COMMUNITY, BUT THEY ARE ALSO PROVIDING MEALS FOR OUR FIRST RESPONDERS TODAY. ANY FIRST RESPONDERS, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THROUGH THEIR SUPERVISORS, BUT PLEASE GO TO THE PUBLIC WORKS FACILITY.

SALVATION ARMY DOES HAVE MEALS PREPARED FOR YOU ALL TODAY. WE WOULD CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE PUBLIC r! ALL OF THIS INFORMATION IS THERE IN A COLLECTIVE FASHION AS AN INCIDENT RESPONSE BRIEFING. SO MAYBE OF THE NUMBERS WE’VE SAID, OTHER AGENCIES, INFORMATION IS LINKED FROM THAT WEBSITE. AND THE CUSTOMER CARE NUMBER AGAIN IS 545-803-545-3300. 545-3300. ANY QUESTIONS? >> Reporter: ARE YOU AWARE OF ANY INJURIES? >> I KNOW WE HAVE ONE FIREFIGHTER AS OF YESTERDAY WHO SUFFERED A ROLLED ANKLE NO BROKEN BONES. WE’RE VERY THANKFUL FOR. THAT I TALKED TO OUR TEAM AND EVERYONE IS CONTINUING TO j’ WITH OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. WE HOPE THAT IS OUR ONLY INJURY. WE PRAY FOR THAT. >> ONE FIRE BUT NOT STORM RELATED. >> Reporter: >> WE’VE DONE A GREAT JOB OF STAGE BARRICADES. ALL OF THAT IS STILL WORKING AS PLANNED, SO NO WORD. >> THERE’S POWER IN PRAYER. KEEP ON PRAYING. BUT LET’S MAKE SURE THAT WE REMAIN VIGILANT AND REALIZE THAT WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET.

8p$C”q7DqY$hSúñI+=Bl#ñ i♪P,,÷ WE’VE GOT SEVERAL MORE HOURS OF THIS TO GO. I THINK IT LOOKS LIKE MAYBE THROUGH TOMORROW WE’LL HAVE AN IDEA AS TO WHERE WE ARE. AND I’M ENCOURAGED WHAT WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO STAND UP FOR THE FOLKS HERE AND ALL OF OUR OTHER PARTNERS, THE CENTRAL CAROLINA COMMUNITY CARE, COLUMBIA CARES AND EVERYONE ELSE. I THINK WE WILL HAVE TO SHIFT INTO MODE 8 AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR CITIZENS FROM OUR PARTS OF THE STATE AND NORTH CAROLINA WHO HAVE BEEN GRAVELY AFFECTED HAVE WHAT THEY NEED. SWERM PREPARED TO STEP UP AND DO THAT AS WE SHOULD. >> Reporter: IS THERE A SENSE “jçBCW]%POIN÷0 XQm SOMEWHAT, EVEN THOUGH IT IS EARLY THAT PERHAPS THE INITIAL EFFECTS HERE, AT LEAST LOCALLY, HAVE NOT BEEN PERHAPS AS SEVERE AS WE FIRST THOUGHT? >> I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST UNPREDICTABLE STORM WE’VE EVER SEEN.

WE’RE PREPARING FOR ANYTHING, BUT STILL REMAINING VERY HOPEFUL. AND THAT’S PROBABLY OUR POSTURE RIGHT NOW. >> Reporter: I SPOKE WITH IF KAI ASK YOU — THAT WAS GREAT TEACHING MOMENT. I WOULD SAY WHAT WAS THE GREATEST LESSON YOU LEARNED @únyu;HE j’n DOES THAT APPLY TO THE PRARATION THAT WENT INTO TODAY? >> I THINK SEVERAL OF THE EXPERTS YOU’VE HEARD, WHETHER IT’S BEEN COLUMBIA WATER, STAGING FOR PUMPS JUST IN CASE, GETTING THE GATES SECURED AHEAD OF TIME FROM A H. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM OUR HELP DESK. OUR TEAM COVERAGE FOR YOU CONTINUES AND WE GO TO CLARENDON COUNTY. BRANDON RITTIMAN IS BEEN THERE AND HE WAS THERE LAST NIGHT AND THROUGH THE EVENING. RIGHT NOW HE IS RIDING ALONG WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD, IS THAT RIGHT, BRANDON? >> YES I’M IN A TROOP TRANSPORT BASED OUT OF MANNING AND JUST LEFT THE DEPOT. WE WILL TALK MORE ABOUT HOW THE TRUCKS ARE BEING DEPLOYED BUT FIRST WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY TELL YOU NOT TO DRIVE AROUND THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT IT ESPECIALLY IN FLOODWATERS. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING YOU NEED TO GET THROUGH THOSE. YOU CAN’T SEE IT VERY WELL BUT DO WE HAVE THE VIDEO OF THE OUTSIDE AND WE CAN GIVE YOU A LOOK IF WE DO? IT’S A VERY LARGE VEHICLE THAT CAN GO THROUGH 3 FEET OF WATER WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OF ANY KIND.

THEY CAN ALSO HOOK IT UP WITH HISTORICAL THAT LET YOU GOING DEEPER WATER THAN THAT. THIS IS ON STANDBY NOW. IT BELONGS TO THE COUNTY AND CAN DISPATCH IT JUST THE WAY THEY DISPATCH A FIRE TRUCK AND GET IT OUT TO YOU. SO IF IT STARTS TO HAVE SERIOUS FLOODING THEY WOULD TAKE THEM IN THESE THINGS AND CAN CARRY AS MANY AS 20 PEOPLE IF THEY HAD TO IN AN EMERGENCY.

SO IT’S BEING DEPLOYED AROUND THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. I HAVE ROSS COCKRELL WITH THE CAPTAIN WITH THE SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD WHO RUNS THE BASE WE JUST LEFT FROM SO TELL ME WHAT’S BEEN GOING ON BECAUSE YOU HAVE HAD PEOPLE COMING THROUGH YOUR BASE GETTING GAS AND THEN BEING POSITIONED IN PLACES. >> THEY COME TO THE ARMORY AND MANNING AND THEN THEY RESET AND GET WATER AND FOOD IF THEY NEED IT AND WE PASS OUT LIFEJACKETS TO THE DRIVERS IN EACH VEHICLE. AND THEY GO OFF TO RESPECTIVE AREAS IN DIFFERENT COUNTIES AND ARMORIES TO ACT AS A QUICK RESPONSE FOR US. IF SOMEONE GETS AND HIGH WATER SITUATIONS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE DIVAC — EVACUATED WE WILL DEPLOY THESE VEHICLES IN SUPPORT OF THAT. >> Reporter: SOME PEOPLE SAY THE STORM IS SLOWING DOWN AS IT MAKES ITS WAY HERE.

THAT IS BUYING YOU TIME BECAUSE YOUR MISSION UP TO THIS POINT IS GETTING AS MANY OF THESE TRUCKS AS MANY PLACES AS YOU CAN. >> EXACTLY I ONLY HAVE ONE THAT BELONGS TO ME AND THAT’S THE ONE WE’RE WRITING IN. SO FAR TODAY WE HAVE SENT OUT 15 OF THEM TO VARIOUS OTHER PLACES AND NOW WE HAVE TO IN MANNING. THERE ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 4 TO 6 IN THE COUNTY MPD REGION IN LOWCOUNTRY IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE ARE STAGING THEM EVERYWHERE. IT’S EXTREMELY VALUABLE ASSET WITH THE IMPENDING POTENTIAL FOR A FLOOD. THESE WILL BE THE FIRST RESPONDERS HELPING PEOPLE OUT AND GET THEM OUT OF THE SITUATION. >> WHEN WE ARRIVED AT YOUR DEPOT THERE WAS A CONVOY LEAVING AND YOU WERE SAYING IT ISN’T NECESSARILY THE NORMAL JOB FOR PEOPLE DOING THIS. IT’S LIKE ALL HANDS ON DECK TO GET THIS OUT THERE.

WHAT THINGS ARE PEOPLE GETTING REASSIGNED TO DO THIS? >> THAT’S THE THING ABOUT THE NATIONAL GUARD, NONE OF OUR DAY JOBS. I’M AN ARTILLERY MAN TRAINED TO SHOOT ARTILLERY. I WORK FOR A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY IN MY NORMAL DAILY LIFE. OTHER PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE, CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND ENGINEERS AND MANUFACTURING AND OTHER UNITS, AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY AND ENGINEERS. ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT UNITS FROM NOT JUST THIS AREA. THERE ARE PEOPLE FROM THE ENTIRE STATE DOWN HERE AND THEIR SOLE PURPOSE IS TO GET TO THESE LOCATIONS AND PROVIDE HELP WHAT PEOPLE NEED IT. THAT’S THE BEAUTY OF THE GUARD. SHOWS THE VERSATILITY AND ADAPTABILITY OF THESE SOLDIERS THAT COME FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND ARMY JOBS HERE TO DO ONE THING WHICH IS HELP PEOPLE.

STAGING THESE VEHICLES EVERYWHERE TO GET PREPARED AND READY FOR ANYTHING THAT MIGHT HAPPEN. >> THAT’S THE KEY. YOU NEED ONE OF THESE TO DRIVE AROUND THE FLOODING STARTS TO HAPPEN. DON’T GET CRAZY AND TRY TO DRIVE AROUND IN THOSE SITUATIONS. CALL EMERGENCY DISPATCHERS. 911 HAVE THESE ON STANDBY WAITING TO GET YOU. STAY SAFE AND SHELTERED IN YOUR HOME BECAUSE WE EXPECT THE WATER TO RISE AROUND THE STATE. THEY WILL COME GET YOU. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> Reporter: YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE THEM SHOW UP IN THESE EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CAPTAIN, FOR TALKING WITH US. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS I WILL ANSWER THEM OTHERWISE BACK TO YOU. >> BRANDON, BEFORE YOU GO IS THERE ONE PLACE YOU ARE HEADED NOW WITH THIS VEHICLE? >> Reporter: THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION.

THIS IS A SHOW OF PRESENCE WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW. THEY WOULD LIKE TO LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW THEY ARE THERE TO REASSURE PEOPLE AND ONE WAY WE DO THAT IS BY TALKING TO YOU RIGHT HERE AND ANOTHER WAY IS BY DRIVING AROUND THE COMMUNITY SO PEOPLE CAN SEE THEY ARE OUT HERE. IT GIVES THE PEOPLE ARRIVING IN NEW PARTS OF THE STATE THAT WORK FOR THE GUARD A LAY OF THE LAND THEY MAY BE GOING INTO IF FLOODING OCCURS. YOU WILL SEE A STEPPED UP PRESENTS FROM THE NATIONAL GUARD IN AREAS WHERE FLOODING IS EXPECTED AND PART AND PARCEL OF THEIR MISSION IS TO GO AND SOAK — SCOPE THOSE AREAS OUT AND LET PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE HERE. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING NOW IN PLACES WHERE THEY DEPLOY THEM YOU WILL SEE SEVERAL. THIS ONE IS OUT ON ITS OWN. JUST KNOW WHEN YOU SEE THEM OUT DRIVING AROUND THEY MAY BE ON THEIR WAY TO HELP PEOPLE SO GIVE THEM SOME ROOM.

OR THEY MAY BE OUT DOING THIS. BUT EITHER WAY THEY ARE SHOWING THE COMMUNITY THERE HERE AND READY TO GO. AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO SAY THERE ARE HELICOPTERS STANDING BY FROM THE GUARD READY TO GET PLACES. THESE CAN GO PLACES THAT HELICOPTERS CAN’T AND IN CONDITIONS THAT HELICOPTERS CAN’T. THIS ISN’T THE ONLY THING THEY HAVE BUT IMPORTANT TO KNOW IT IS THERE AND TEARED UP BECAUSE THE STORM IS SLOW-MOVING. IF THERE IS A POSITIVE SIDE AND I KNOW EVERYONE IS HUNKERED DOWN AND HOW LONG IT’S GOING ON BUT A POSITIVE SIDE BECAUSE IT GIVES RESPONDERS MORE OF A CHANCE TO GEAR UP AND GET READY.

>> RENTED VITAMIN DRIVING AROUND WITH THE NATIONAL GUARD IN CLARENDON COUNTY. THANKS FOR THE REPORT. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE THIS AFTERNOON WITH JASMINE MONROE WHO IS RIDING AROUND SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDLANDS. SHE IS KEEPING AN EYE ON WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHERE ARE YOU RIGHT NOW? >> Reporter: RIGHT NOW WE ARE HERE HEADED DOWNTOWN AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE ROADS ARE CLEAR AS OF RIGHT NOW. IF YOU LIVE IN THIS AREA AND WONDER WHAT THE ROADS LOOK LIKE, THIS IS A LIVE LOOK OF BISHOP SAVILLE. THIS IS DOWNTOWN WHERE THE AWNING FELL. THIS IS OVER BY THE BUSINESSES. THIS IS WHERE THE AWNING FELL DOWN AND LOOKS AS IF THEY PICKED UP THE AWNING . YOU SEE ON THE SIDE THERE ARE SANDBAGS IN FRONT OF THE BUSINESSES AS WELL. A LOT OF PEOPLE TOOK PRECAUTIONS TO MAKE SURE THEY HAD THEIR BUSINESSES TAKEN CARE OF.

THERE IS THE AWNING RIGHT THERE. I HOPE YOU CAN SEE IT. THERE IS AN AWNING IN BISHOPSVILLE. WE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING THROUGHOUT THE TOWN AND WE WENT TO LYNCHBURG AND A LOT OF THINGS WE HAD A CHANCE TO SEE, A FEW TREE LIMBS DOWN AND A LOT OF BUSINESSES, THE FAMILY DOLLAR IS OPEN. THIS IS ALSO WHERE THE ICE LINE WAS. IT’S AN EXTENSIVE LINE OUTSIDE YESTERDAY WITH PEOPLE TRYING TO FILL UP THEIR FREEZERS WITH ICE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL BE. EVERYTHING IN BISHOPSVILLE, A LOT OF PLACES ARE OPEN. THE POST OFFICE OF COURSE CLOSE BUT A FEW OTHER BUSINESSES LIKE FAMILY DOLLAR AND PIGGLY WIGGLY ARE OPEN . THIS IS A LOOK AT SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS HERE IN BISHOPSVILLE. YOU SEE STREETS A LITTLE BIT OF FLOODING. THIS IS READ COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SEE. WE ARE COMING OUT OF DOWNTOWN BISHOPVILLE RIGHT NOW.

THE SHERIFF SAID IF YOU HAVE TO COME OUTSIDE MAKE SURE YOU PLAY IT SAFE. THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE FALLING ALL OVER BECAUSE OF ALL THE WATER AND THE RAIN THAT’S HAPPENING AT THIS TIME. THEY WANT YOU TO PLAY IT SAFE. WE TALKED ABOUT REPTILES COMING OUT BECAUSE IT’S SO HUMID RIGHT NOW. HE TALKED ABOUT SNAKES AND THINGS LIKE THAT. YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION IF YOU COME OUTSIDE. THAT IS ALL RIGHT NOW HERE IN BISHOPVILLE. WE HAD A CHANCE TO STOP BY THE LEE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND THERE ARE ABOUT 46 PEOPLE AT THAT HIGH SCHOOL STILL WAITING THE STORM OUT BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO GO HOME IN CASE IT’S WORSE THAN WHAT IT WAS BEFORE THEY LEFT.

EVERYONE PLAYING IT SAFE AND TRYING TO DO EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO STAY CLEAR OF THE STORM. THE UNFORTUNATE PART IS THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL RIGHT NOW WHEN IT WILL HIT. A LOT OF PEOPLE TRYING TO BE TAKING THEIR TIME AND BE PREPARED FOR EVERYTHING. JUST RIDING THE STORM OUT AS MUCH AS THEY CAN. >> THANK YOU, JASMINE MONROE ON HIGHWAY 15 HEADED NORTH.

IF YOU GO 15 MORE MILES DOWN THE ROAD YOU RUN INTO HARTSVILLE AND THAT IS WHERE WE FIND NEWS 19’S LOREN THOMAS RIGHT NOW. >> Reporter: HERE IN DARLINGTON COUNTY NEAR THE DARLINGTON COUNTRY CLUB WE HAVE BEEN SEEING ON SIDE STREET SOME DEBRIS FROM TREES AND IT IS GETTING MOVED OUT OF THE WAY QUICKLY. THAT IS ONE THING WHEN WE SPOKE WITH THE DARLINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF ABOUT EARLIER ON THE PHONE WHO SAID THEY HAVE BEEN CLEANING UP TREES ALL MORNING AND MOVING THEM OFF THE ROADS. THEY ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SECONDARY ROADS LIKE THIS ONE IN NEIGHBORHOODS WHERE THERE COULD BE TREES FALLING AND THEY DON’T KNOW ABOUT THEM. ON THE MAIN STREETS, MANY OF THE BRANCHES HAVE BEEN MOVED TO THE SIDES OF THE ROAD.

SO ANYONE WHO IS COMING ACROSS THESE TREES, MAKE SURE YOU KEEP IN CONTACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EMERGENCY CREWS AND NOTIFIED THEM WHERE FALLING BRANCHES OR TREES MAY HAVE HAPPENED ON THE ROAD. WE DROVE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND SAW A FAMILY THAT HAD SOME SIDING COMING OFF OF THEIR HOME AS A RESULT OF THE WINDS PICKING UP LAST NIGHT. THEY DID STILL HAVE POWER. MANY PLACES HERE DO NOT HAVE POWER. THAT IS AROUND THE DARLINGTON COUNTY AREA. WE SAW CREWS CHECKING ON DIFFERENT POWERLINES NEAR HARTSVILLE. THE FAMILY WE MET UP WITH SAID THEY WOULD TOUGH IT OUT THROUGH THE REST OF THE STORM. WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN BEING OUT HERE? >> NOTHING REALLY BUT THE WIND BLOWING AND THE TREES COMING DOWN. THAT’S IT. >> Reporter: DO YOU PLAN TO GO TO A SHELTER IF THE POWER GOES OUT? >> I’M NOT GOING. DON’T KNOW ABOUT ANYONE ELSE. >> Reporter: ANYONE WHO SEEKS SHELTER THERE ARE THREE OPEN IN THE COUNTY. THERE WERE ORIGINALLY FOUR BUT THE SHELTER AT ROSEN WATER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS CLOSED DUE TO A POWER OUTAGE.

THREE INCLUDE HARTSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL, DARLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LAMAR HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ARE OPEN THROUGHOUT DARLINGTON COUNTY. PEOPLE THAT NEED ASSISTANCE CAN GO THERE THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE STORM. IN DARLINGTON COUNTY, LOREN THOMAS NEWS 19, WLTX. >> THANK YOU AND WE’RE WAITING A PRESS UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR McMASTER AND AGENCY HEADS AT THE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION. YOU SEE THE HEADQUARTERS LIVE AND AS SOON AS THE GOVERNOR COMES OUT WE WILL BRING YOU THOSE REMARKS. WE WILL GET AN UPDATE A BETTER PICTURE ABOUT WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING ACROSS SOUTH CAROLINA THE STORM STARTED MOVING INLAND LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.

RIGHT NOW WE WANT TO GO TO KINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA AND EDDIE RANDLE STANDING BY WITH THE REPORT. >> Reporter: HER NAME IS REBECCA BURKE AND SAID SHE WAS TRYING TO GET TO HER HOME AND WE WILL LET YOU TELL THE STORY. WALK US THROUGH WHAT IT WAS LIKE TRUCKING THROUGH THAT WATER. YOU SEEM EXHAUSTED. >> IT’S VERY TIRING. THE CURRENT IS VERY POWERFUL AND I WAS GOT A LITTLE BIT BUT ALIVE AND GRATEFUL. FROM HERE RIGHT AT THE BRIDGE, IT’S NOTHING BUT FLOODS COMING DOWN. IT’S VERY FAST. >> Reporter: ALL MORNING WE HAVE TOLD PEOPLE NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH THE WATER AND DEFINITELY NOT TO WALK THROUGH IT.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY YOU WENT THROUGH THAT? >> MY HOUSE IS ON THAT SIDE AND I HAD TO GET ON THAT SIDE AND HAD NO CHOICE. IT WAS EITHER THAT OR STAY DOWN THERE AND I COULDN’T. I’M LITERALLY RIGHT OVER IT SO TO ME IT’S WORTH IT BUT PLEASE DON’T DO IT BUT IT WAS TIRING AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULDN’T MAKE IT THROUGH IT. DON’T DO IT MY WAY. >> Reporter: WE HEARD FROM DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES WHO SAY YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT’S AND WATER LIKE THAT. WAS THERE A FEAR? WE SAW A SNAKE EARLIER. >> YOU COULD SEE MOUNDS OF FIRE ANTS GOING PAST SO THAT WAS SCARY., YES SIR. I WAS SCARED BUT KNEW I HAD TO GET HOME. >> Reporter: TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL AFTER ALL OF THAT. >> I’M EXHAUSTED BUT VERY GRATEFUL TO GOD FOR ALLOWING ME TO GET THROUGH THAT BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE DIDN’T MAKE IT TODAY. >> Reporter: DID YOU SIT DOWN OR DID YOU FALL. >> I SAT DOWN BECAUSE I WAS TIRED.

I SAT FOR A MINUTE AND THEN GOT BACK UP. I WON’T DO IT AGAIN. IF I HAD TO GO BACK THROUGH IT I WOULD NOT DO IT AGAIN AND DON’T RECOMMEND ANYBODY DOING THAT. THAT WAS STUPID OF ME. >> Reporter: WHAT’S THE REST OF YOUR DAY? TIME TO GET TO YOUR HOUSE? >> TRYING TO GET TO MY HOUSE AND NOT FLOODED THANK GOD. THAT’S WHAT I WILL BE DOING. SITTING HOME BE GRATEFUL I GOT THROUGH IT. >> THAT WAS EDDIE RANDLE IN WINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA A SHORT TIME AGO. AS WE AWAIT THE PRESS BRIEFING WITH THE GOVERNOR. LET’S CHECK POWER OUTAGES BECAUSE WE FED WIDESPREAD OUTAGES ACROSS THE AREA AND THIS IS SCE AND FIRST UP WE WILL BE IN RICHLAND COUNTY 202 CUSTOMERS OUT OF POWER RIGHT NOW. IN LEXINGTON COUNTY, 718. A BIT MORE THAN IN RICHLAND COUNTY. YOU CAN CHECK IN BAMBERG, 174. GO OVER BELOW HOLLY HILL HERE, TO THE RIGHT JUST BELOW HOLLY HILL, WE WILL CHECK THAT AREA IF POSSIBLE. DORCHESTER COUNTY ONLY ONE. LET’S GO TO DUKE ENERGY AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU DUKE HAS CREWS OUT AND ABOUT IN ALL OF THESE CO-OPS HAVE A LOT OF CREWS OUT TRYING TO GET POWER BACK ON.

LAST TIME WE CHECKED WITH SUMTER COUNTY THIS WAS A LARGE NUMBER, IT WAS OVER 3000 AND PUSHING 3500. YOU SEE SUMTER COUNTY NOW 1540 OUTAGES. IN LEE COUNTY, OVER 1000 OUTAGES. SO IT’S REVERSED. THEY’VE GOT THE POWER BACK ON AND RESTORED QUICKLY AND SUMTER BUT MORE HOMES IN LEE COUNTY NOW HAVE LOST POWER. IN FLORENCE COUNTY OVER 7600 HOMES WITHOUT POWER RIGHT NOW. LET’S CHECK KERSHAW IN THE BLUE OF LOVE — ABOVE COLUMBIA AND ONLY 11 WITH DUKE. AND IN CLARENDON COUNTY, THE GREEN BELOW SUMTER IS CLARENDON COUNTY AND THEY HAVE 139. THAT IS DUKE ENERGY. BLACK RIVER AND THE ELECTRIC CO- OPS, LET’S CHECK WITH THEM. THIS IS GOOD NEWS.

UPPER LEFT-HAND CORNER, 37,871 OUTAGES REPORTING AND LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING THAT NUMBER WAS PUSHING 60,000. THAT WAS LATE LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING SO THESE CO- OPS HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB GETTING OUT AND GETTING THE POWER BACK ON. GOING THROUGH A FEW COUNTIES AND YOU SEE THE NUMBERS. THESE ELECTRIC CO-OPS AND ALSO OTHER UTILITY COMPANIES LIKE MID-CAROLINA, TRI-COUNTY, BLACK RIVER, DUKE ENERGY, SCE ANGIE ARE ALL DOING AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN THESE CONDITIONS TO GET POWER RESTORED. IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE WHILE BEFORE EVERYONE’S POWER IS BACK ON BECAUSE IN AREAS WHERE SUSTAINED WINDS ARE 35 MILES AN HOUR OR HIGHER THE CREWS CANNOT GET OUT AND GET THE POWER RESTORED AND DON’T KNOW TOO MANY AREAS IN THE COVERAGE AREA NOW THAT HAVE SUSTAINED WINDS OF 35 MILES AN HOUR OR HIGHER AT THE MOMENT.

NOT TOO MANY. SO THE CREWS CAN GET OUT AND ABOUT TO TRY TO GET THE POWER BACK ON. A LIVE LOOK AND YOU SEE THE CHOPPY WATERS AND THE POWER OUTAGES IN LEXINGTON, MORE THAN 700 WITH SCG&E AND YOU SEE THE CHOPPY WATERS OF LAKE MURRAY SO YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS GOING ON. WE USUALLY SEE THIS BRIEFLY DURING THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SPRING AND SUMMER. THIS HAS BEEN NONSTOP ALL MORNING AND ALL AFTERNOON LONG. WHITNEY SULLIVAN HAS BEEN IN LEXINGTON TODAY WE WILL CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE AND CHECK IN WITH WHITNEY. >> Reporter: IN LEXINGTON COUNTY WHERE THE WINDS FROM FLORENCE BLEW OFF THE TOP OF THIS MOBILE HOME. THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF INSULATION LEFT, BUT THE WINDS CAME IN AND KNOCKED THE TOP OFF OF THIS HOME. WHEN THIS HAPPENED, THE HOMEOWNER, JOE PILOT, HE CALLED FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ALSO CALLED WLTX TO LET US KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING. HOW DID IT HAPPEN? >> MY FRIENDS CALLED WLTX BECAUSE I WOULDN’T HAVE MADE THAT CALL. I WAS SITTING WATCHING THE WEATHER ON TV AND HEARD A LOUD SOUND, A BOOM AND SOUNDED LIKE METAL AND LOOKED OUTSIDE AND SAW INSULATION AND THAT THE ROOF WAS GONE.

BEGAN TO PANIC AND HAD TO DO SOMETHING SO MADE A COUPLE PHONE CALLS AND IN A FEW MINUTES MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WERE SHOWING UP AND WE WERE ABLE TO SALVAGE EVERYTHING OUT OF THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE AND IT’S IN A STORAGE BUILDING ON SITE. WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT BUT THE HOUSE IS A TOTAL LOSS. >> Reporter: WHAT WERE YOU FEELING WHEN THAT HAPPENED? >> PANIC. SHARE PANIC. WE REALLY HADN’T HAD EXTREME WEATHER HERE ON THIS SITE. WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR IT TO HAPPEN BUT DIDN’T REALLY SEE ANY STRONG WHETHER OR WIND AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW IT HIT AND IT WAS HERE. GOD BLESSED ME TODAY WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND THAT’S IMPORTANT. I FEEL GREAT ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE HAD A GREAT SHOWING OF PEOPLE COMING OUT TO HELP AND PEOPLE WERE STOPPING THERE CARS THAT I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW TO COME AND HELP. THAT’S AMAZING. >> Reporter: WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS AND THE WINDS FROM FLORENCE IS STRONG BUT YOUR COMMUNITY IS STRONGER. THEY CAME OUT BECAUSE WHILE WE WERE OUT HERE CARS KEPT COMING SO WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO KNOW YOU ARE SO LOVED BY SO MANY AND THEY CAME OUT AS SOON AS THEY HEARD ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED? >> IT’S AMAZING.

I DIDN’T KNOW I HAD THAT KIND OF SUPPORT AND EVEN AFTER IT’S OVER PEOPLE CONTINUE TO COME BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP. THAT MAKES YOU FEEL BLESSED AND VERY FORTUNATE. >> Reporter: YOU SAID SOMEONE CAME FROM AS FAR AS PROSPERITY. >> WE HAD PEOPLE FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE AND PROSPERITY CAME. TRAFFIC CIRCLE AND PEOPLE WHO WERE 30 OR 40 MINUTES AWAY DROVE JUST TO HELP. IN ONE PHONE CALL WE GOT A LOT DONE AND GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE. I APPRECIATE EVERYONE’S HELP.

>> Reporter: WE APPRECIATE HOW STRONG THE COMMUNITY IS. WE JUST WANT TO SAY HE’D THE WARNINGS THAT OFFICIALS ARE SAYING ABOUT STAYING HUNKERED DOWN. THE WINDS AND THE RAIN IS STRONG . WE WILL GO AHEAD AND GO BACK TO YOU. >> FROM THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE MIDLANDS TO THE EASTERN SIDE HER TEAM COVERAGE CONTINUES IN THE GAMECOCK CITY OF SUMTER AND NICK JONES STANDING BY. >> Reporter: WE ARE SEEING A LOT MORE OF TREES FALLING DOWN IN THE SUMTER AREA.

I WILL STEP OUT OF THE WAY AND THESE ARE TREES BLOCKING — IT’S AN ISSUE WITH ALL THE TREES FALLING DOWN. WE SHOWED YOU EARLIER WHERE TREES WERE FALLING DOWN ON A CAR AND ALSO FOUND ANOTHER SPOT THREE MINUTES DOWN THE ROAD WHERE TREE FELL DOWN IN ANOTHER YARD. IT DIDN’T FALL ONTO THE HOUSE, WHICH IS A GOOD THING. DEFINITELY A PROBLEM WITH WIND GUST’S. I’M JOINED WITH BRIAN WHO’S BEEN AROUND THE AREA SO CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THIS? >> I’M A MOUNT PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENT AND MY FAMILY CLOSED OUR OFFICE IN CHARLESTON AND DECIDED TO CLOSE IN ON WEDNESDAY SO THURSDAY AND FRIDAY I WORKED IN COLUMBIA. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD ESCAPE THE CHAOS OF THE EVACUATION AND THEN TURNS OUT IT SEEMS THE HURRICANE FOLLOWED US.

WE LEFT COLUMBIA YESTERDAY EVENING AND CAME TO SUMTER. MY MOM IS A RESIDENT CARE. WE TRIED TO COME DOWN THE ROAD AND IT IS BLOCKED WITH THE TREE AND THE POWER LINES BEING DOWN. WE WERE OUT WALKING AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD TODAY WITH WIND GUSTS AT 30 TO 40 MILES AN HOUR. OVERALL WE HAVE DODGED A BULLET AND DID PRETTY WELL. WE ALL MANAGED TO STAY SAFE. >> Reporter: SO THAT’S A PLACE YOU WANT TO EVACUATE AND YOU ARE HERE IN SUMTER AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE WIND GUST BUT ANYTHING ELSE YOU’VE SEEN AROUND THE AREA AS FAR AS DAMAGE? >> NOT REALLY. I JUST WALKED AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN THIS IS PROBABLY THE WORST. WE WERE HERE FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW TWO YEARS AGO AND SAW A LOT MORE DEVASTATION, ESPECIALLY IN SUMTER WITH POWER OUTAGES AND THINK THEY LOST POWER FOR FOUR OR FIVE DAYS. >> YOU CAME TO STAY WITH YOUR MOTHER. WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT? >> TO KEEP AN EYE ON HER. SHE’S IN HER 70s AND RECENTLY HAD HIP SURGERY. IF THE STORM WAS BAD WE WERE HERE WITH HER TO KEEP AN EYE ON HER. >> Reporter: ANY CONCERNS AS FAR AS CHARLESTON EVACUATION AND ABOUT WHAT IT WILL DO TO YOUR HOME? >> YES, ORIGINALLY THAT’S THE REASON WE MADE THE DECISION TO LEAVE.

WE HAVE A 10-YEAR-OLD AND A 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD SO THE THOUGHT WAS FOR THEM FOR SURE. WE HAVE NEIGHBORS KEEPING AN EYE ON OUR HOUSE. WE HAVE RECEIVED NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS SINCE THEN. WE LIVE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO A WATERWAY SO THERE WAS CONCERN ABOUT FLOODING BUT SO FAR ALL THE NEWS HAS BEEN POSITIVE. >> Reporter: THANK YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME. >> WE HAVE TO INTERRUPT AND WE DON’T WANT TO MISS WHAT’S GOING ON IN EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HEADQUARTERS WITH THE GOVERNOR AND OTHER AGENCY HEADS GETTING READY TO ADDRESS THE MEDIA. WE WILL FIND OUT ABOUT THE STORM AND WHAT EFFECT IT HAS ON THIS DATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS TIME AND GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER HAS BEEN GIVING UPDATES AROUND SO LET’S LISTEN IN. >> WE HAVE HAD ONE VICTIM STORM RELATED TOTALITY AND THAT IS AMBER DONLEY LAST NIGHT AT WHEN HIGH WIND HIT A TREE AND SHE PASSED AWAY AND A PRAYERS AND HEARTS AND FAMILY AND LOVED ONES ARE MIGHTY SORRY.

>> THIS IS THE CONFIDENCE WE HAVE IN HIM THAT IF WE ASK ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL WE HAVE THE PETITION AND DESIRE OF HIM. LET’S PRAY. GOD WE THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR BEING CONSISTENT AND FAITHFUL TO US. WE GIVE YOU GLORY TODAY FOR EVERYONE THAT IS WORKING TOWARD A CONCLUSION TO THIS MATTER. THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU ANYWHERE AND WE NEED YOU MORE NOW THAT WE HAVE EVER NEEDED YOU BEFORE. FAMILIES NEED YOU. FIRST RESPONDERS NEED YOU. THOSE OF US CAUGHT IN THE GRIP OF THE STORM, WHETHER IT IS A NATURAL STORM OR A SPIRITUAL ONE, WE NEED YOU. SO THOSE OF YOU WHO SUFFER LOSS I PRAY NOW THAT YOU WILL DRY THEIR EYES AND COMFORT THEM IN THEIR LOSS. SO RIGHT NOW YOUR CREDIT IS GOOD WITH US IN JESUS ONLY PRAY AMEN. >> NATIONAL WATER SERVICE NEXT. >> GOOD AFTERNOON ACROSS NORTHEAST CALORIC — SOUTH CAROLINA ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE HAS WEAKENED THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND HAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS A 40 MILES AN HOUR AND CURRENTLY LOCATED SOUTH OF FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA IN WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY SLOWLY TO THE WEST AT 3 MILES AN HOUR SO A SLOW MOVER SINCE IT CAME TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAST EVENING.

LOOKING AT THE HIGHEST WIND GUST SEEM THE HIGHEST WE HAVE HAD IS 61 MILES AN HOUR AT MYRTLE BEACH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND IN MARION AND AFTER THAT WE HAVE SOME 60 MILE-AN- HOUR REPORTS IN FLORENCE AND THE GRAND STRAND AIRPORT. EVEN INTO MIDLANDS, 54 MILES AN HOUR AND 53 DOWN AT CHARLESTON IN THE LOWCOUNTRY. TROPICAL STORM WARNING WAS CANCELED THIS MORNING FOR THE CHARLESTON TRI-COUNTY AREA AND REMAINS IN EFFECT ELSEWHERE IN THE GRAND STRAND, PEE DEE, EASTERN AND CENTRAL MIDLANDS. TROPICAL STORM GUS BETWEEN 40 TO 50 MILES AN HOUR INTO THE EVENING IN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA. IT SHOULD DIMINISH ON SUNDAY AS REMNANTS OF FLORENCE MOVE NORTHWEST AND OUT OF THE STATE. LOOKING AT OBSERVED RAINFALL AMOUNTS CERTAINLY NORTH CAROLINA HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING AND RAINFALL AMOUNTS VERY EXTREME. LOTS OF AREAS BETWEEN 25 AND 30 INCHES OF RAINFALL.

THE HIGHEST WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR IS 31 INCHES IN ORIENTAL WHICH IS IN PAMLICO COUNTY. FOR US BY NO MEANS IS THE RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING OVER. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 8 TO 12 INCHES EXPECTED FROM ROCK HILL TO FLORENCE TO MYRTLE BEACH AND AREAS NORTHEAST OF THEIR WITH ADDITIONAL 2 TO 6 INCHES EXPECTED FURTHER SOUTHWEST INTO THE I-26 CORRIDOR. POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAINS CONTINUES TO TOMORROW AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF THE UPCOMING WEEK. STILL POTENTIAL FOR DEADLY FLASH FLOODING AND IN PARTS OF THE GRAND STRAND, PEE DEE, MIDLANDS AND UPSTATE WHERE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES REMAIN IN EFFECT. WE EXPECT MAJOR FLOODING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS IN THE PEE DEE RIVER BASIN AND THE GREAT PEE DEE, LITTLE PEE DEE , LUMBER, WALK, AND LYNCHES RIVER’S DUE TO RAINFALL OCCURRING IN THE NORTH CAROLINA WATERSHED. RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PREPARATIVE ACTIONS NOW AND STAY CONNECTED TO LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR GUIDANCE. WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR RAINFALL AMOUNTS ACROSS THE STATE TO ASSESS ADDITIONAL FLOODING IMPACTS.

THANK YOU. >> LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AS YOU KNOW FROM THE BEGINNING SINCE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR THE STORM AND HURRICANE IT HAS BEEN MOST UNPREDICTABLE. WHAT HAS BEEN PREDICTABLE AND STEADY IS OUR CONCERN ABOUT THE HEAVY RAIN AND THE FLOODING AND THAT IS ON COURSE FOR WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING ALL ALONG. THIS MORNING WE HAVE ISSUED AT REMOVED THE EVACUATION ORDER FOR EVACUATION IN CHARLESTON COUNTY, BERKELEY COUNTY DORCHESTER COUNTY AND EDISON BEACH WHICH CONTINUES UNDER THE ZONE EVACUATION IN CARLTON COUNTY. THEY CAME OUT FROM UNDER THE EVACUATION ORDER AND CHARLESTON, DORCHESTER AND EDISON BEACH. THAT MEANS THE EVACUATION ORDER STILL IN EFFECT FOR EVACUATION ZONES IN TWO COUNTIES. THAT IS OURAY COUNTY, THE ZONES THERE AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY, THE ZONES THERE.

THE SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STATE OFFICE CLOSURES ARE STILL IN EFFECT IN OURAY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY WHICH IS THE ENTIRE COUNTY. ALL SCHOOL CLOSURES EXCEPT THOSE IN HORRY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY ARE NOW IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS. ALL OF THESE ORDERS OF COURSE ARE DONE IN CLOSE CONCERT AND CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE STATE OFFICIALS, COUNTY OFFICES, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL, AND ALSO ALLSTATE OFFICES THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY CLOSED, WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON MONDAY. I WILL SAY AGAIN, EVACUATION ORDER STILL IN EFFECT FOR THE EVACUATION ZONES, ALL OF THEM, IN HORRY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY AND DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ENTIRE COUNTY. HOWEVER THE SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STATE OFFICE CLOSURES ARE STILL IN EFFECT IN THE ENTIRE COUNTY OF HORRY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY. AGAIN ALL SCHOOL CLOSURES EXCEPT THOSE IN ORIENT GEORGETOWN COUNTIES ARE IMMEDIATELY RETURNED TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL AUTHORITIES.

AND ALLSTATE OFFICES PREVIOUSLY CLOSED WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON MONDAY. I WANT TO SAY THIS HAS BEEN AN EXERCISE IN PROFESSIONALISM BY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE STATE INCLUDING VOLUNTEERS AND THE CITIZENS THEMSELVES. WE HAVE HAD HELP FROM NINE DIFFERENT STATES AS WELL AS TRUMP’S INVOLVEMENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN AS HEAVY AS IT’S EVER BEEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. AND WE WILL PROCEED ON WITH REPORTS FROM SOME OF THESE TEAM MEMBERS STARTING WITH THE GENERAL. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. SOUTH CAROLINA TURNING TOWARDS WELLNESS JACKSON DOING RECONNAISSANCE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE. WE WILL BE ACTIVELY PATROLLING THE COAST, DNR ON THE RIVERS AND ALREADY HAVE OUR FIRST FLIGHTS FROM THE COAST GUARD AND NATIONAL GUARD OUT LOOKING TO SEE IF ANYONE NEEDS ANY HELP. WE ARE CONTINUING TO COORDINATE WITH OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, HOMELAND SECURITY, AND FEMA PARTNERS TO PREPARE FOR THE FLOODS THAT ARE COMING AND THOSE CONSEQUENCES. WE ARE REPOSITIONING OTHER ASSETS TO HANDLE THAT.

AS WE LOOK NOW, WE HAVE HAD NO CALLS FOR RESCUE, AND THAT IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE I THINK THE GOVERNORS EVACUATION ORDER HELPED. WE WOULD RATHER EVACUATE THAN RESCUE. EVEN THOUGH THE STORM TOOK A TURN TO THE NORTH AT THE LAST MINUTE, THE TELLING PIECE IS THE CITIZENS OF SOUTH CAROLINA COOPERATED WITH THAT EVACUATION ORDER. THEY DID NOT PUT THE RESCUERS OR THEMSELVES IN DANGER. WE APPRECIATE THAT GREAT COOPERATION. >> THANK YOU, GENERAL. SECRETARY HALL OFFICE OF TRANSPORTATION. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. CURRENTLY NO MAJOR ISSUES ON OUR HIGHWAYS ACROSS THE STATE. D.O.T. CRUISE IN COORDINATION WITH COUNTY GOVERNMENTS AND FIRST RESPONDERS WORKED OVERNIGHT AND TODAY AND CONTINUING TO WORK TO CLEAR UP ANY ROAD CLOSURES THAT WE MAY HAVE WITH SOME OF OUR SMALLER ROADS. GETTING DEBRIS OUT OF THE WAY AND DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO TO GET EVERYTHING RESTORED. CURRENT MAJOR EFFORT IS TO PREPARE AS THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED FOR THE FLOODS COMING. WE HAVE COMPLETED AN ANALYSIS WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND NATIONAL GUARD AND OTHERS TO LOOK AT OUR WATERWAYS AND IN PARTICULAR THE D.O.T. TEAM HAS IDENTIFIED FOUR BRIDGES WE HAVE CONCERNS WITH BETTER ALMOST SIMILAR TO THE SAME BRIDGES WE HAD CONCERNS WITH DURING HURRICANE MATTHEW.

THOSE FOUR BRIDGES WE PREDICT WILL BE OVERTOPPED BY FLOODWATERS SOMETIME ON THE 17th OR EARLY 18th. THEY ARE AS A NINE, SC 917, U.S. 501, AND SC 901 ON THE MAP TO MY RIGHT. ALMOST THE EXACT SAME WATERWAYS WE HAD ISSUES IN THE PREVIOUS EVENT. WE CONTINUE TO UTILIZE U.S. 701, U.S. 17 AND GEORGETOWN AND SC 22, THE CONWAY BYPASS. WORD TWO, AND THOSE FROM AN ANALYSIS STANDPOINT. THE GOVERNOR HAS DIRECTED WE TAKE EVERY EFFORT NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN AT LEAST ONE MAJOR HIGHWAY ACCESS INTO THE HORRY COUNTY AREA AND OUR PLAN CURRENTLY IS TO UTILIZE U.S.

378 INTO THE HORRY COUNTY AREA AND U.S. 501 BYPASS AROUND CONWAY TO GET US OVER TO WACCAMAW RIVER AND THAT’S THE CURRENT PLAN. THE TEAM HAS COLLECTIVELY WORK TOGETHER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, SOUTH CAROLINA NATIONAL GUARD AND THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DEVELOP A PLAN. THE PLAN INVOLVES PLANNING FOR A ONE FOOT OVERTOPPING OF U.S. 378 OVER THE LEECHES RIVER IN FLORENCE COUNTY. WE WILL PROTECT THAT AREA AND OUR PLAN IS TO GO IN AND BUILD AN EMERGENCY FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE TO DIVERT FLOODWATERS AWAY FROM THE ROADWAY IN ORDER TO KEEP THAT ROADWAY OPEN.

CONTINUING ON TOWARDS HORRY COUNTY ON 378 WE EXPECT NO OTHER ISSUES ON 378 OTHER THAN THAT ONE AREA. ONCE YOU GET INTO THE CONWAY AREA, WE ARE PREDICTING FLOODING IN THAT AREA AS WELL. TO GET OVER THE WACCAMAW, AS YOU GO INTO HORRY COUNTY TOWARDS MYRTLE BEACH, OUR PLAN IS TO PROTECT U.S. 501 BYPASS IN CONWAY IN ORDER TO GET OVER THE WACCAMAW. OUR CURRENT PLANNING NUMBERS AND THIS IS WHAT WE PLAN FOR, A PROJECTED THREE FOOT OVERTOPPING OF U.S. 501 BYPASS. OUR PLAN IS TO BUILD APPROXIMATELY MILES IN LENGTH OF TEMPORARY FLOOD CONTROL DEVICE IN ORDER TO PROTECT THAT HIGHWAY AND KEEP THAT HIGHWAY OPEN AS MUCH AS WE CAN. WE ARE STILL DOING SOME FINAL COORDINATION ON THAT AND DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND NATIONAL GUARD AS WELL AS CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO LOOK AT THESE ITEMS GOING FORWARD.

WE ALSO CONTINUE TO ANALYZE THE IMPACT OF THESE FLOODWATERS. AS YOU HAD AWAY FROM THE PEE DEE AREA TOWARDS I-95 THERE ARE SEVERAL STRUCTURES ON I-95 THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT TO DETERMINE IF WE HAVE CONCERNS. THANK YOU. >> AND THE CHIEF FROM THE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION. >> ALL PERSONNEL OF STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND NATIONAL GUARD RESOURCES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CONGLOMERATES HAVE BEEN DEMOBILIZED. THOSE PERSONNEL ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO BE REDEPLOYED TO THE NORTHERN CONGLOMERATE, PRIMARILY THOSE COUNTIES HORRY COUNTY, MARION COUNTY, AND DYLAN. ALL IN THE PEE DEE AREA. I CONTACTED ALL THE SHERIFFS AND THE PEE DEE AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THEIR NEEDED RESOURCES AND LET THEM KNOW THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE IN THOSE AFFECTED AREAS AS LONG AS THEY NEED US. WE WILL BE THERE AS LONG AS ANY OFFICIAL NEEDS US TO BE IN THOSE AREAS. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. WE ARE THERE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS AS MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN WORKING LONG HOURS AWAY FROM HOME AND FAMILY.

I ASK CITIZENS STAYAWAY FROM STORM DAMAGED AND FLOODED AREAS. LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE OUT IN FORCE PATROLLING THESE AREAS IN VEHICLES, BOATS AND DOING AIR PATROL. SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE BEING PATROLLED AS I SPEAK. AS I SAY EACH DAY, CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THESE AREAS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. THANK YOU. >> DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES? >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. TODAY WE ARE STILL MONITORING OUR RIVERS AND THE BASIN. GOOD NEWS IS WE FEEL LIKE THE BLACK RIVER WILL BE SAFE AND NOT HAVE — MIGHT HAVE MINOR FLOODING BUT NOT MODERATE FLOODING. SO CONCENTRATING ON THE LITTLE PEE DEE AND THE WACCAMAW. SO THE DAMS OF THOSE THREE RIVER SYSTEMS THAT ARE PART OF THE PEE DEE BASIN , WE EXPECT MODERATE TO EXTENSIVE FLOODING IN THOSE AREAS.

WE CURRENTLY HAVE PERSONNEL FROM SLED AND DNR VEHICLES GOING INTO THOSE AREAS AND THEY ARE LETTING PEOPLE KNOW THE FLOODWATERS ARE COMING AND LET THEM SEE ESTHER KNOW WE ARE THERE AND WILL BE THERE. TOMORROW MORNING WE WILL START BOATING PATROLS ON THE WATERWAYS TO HELP ANY EVACUATIONS THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY. ALSO TO PROVIDE A SAFETY PRESENCE AS WELL AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE.

ON A GOOD NOTE WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAP. THE MAPPING IS WORKED WELL AND WE’VE HAD SOME GOOD REAL-TIME MAPPING ON RAINFALL FROM NORTH CAROLINA AND HAS HELPED US TO SEND OUR RESOURCES WHERE THEY WERE NEEDED MOST. WE WILL CONTINUE THAT AS LONG AS THE RAIN IS FALLING. >> THANK YOU, COLONEL. DIRECTOR LEE WARREN SMITH, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY. >> AS THE GOVERNOR STATED WE HAVE ONE CONFIRMED STORM RELATED DEATH IN UNION COUNTY ON SC 18. A VEHICLE STRUCK A TREE THAT WAS ACROSS THE ROADWAY FROM HEAVY WINDS AND RAIN. THE VICTIM IS A FEMALE, 61 YEARS OF AGE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIM. OUR TROOPERS AND OFFICERS OUT PATROLLING ROADWAYS LOOKING FOR DOWNED POWER LINES, TREES, DEBRIS IN THE ROADWAY AND INVESTIGATING COLLISIONS.

ALSO LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER ROADWAY HAZARDS. WE ARE PREPARED TO ASSIST THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WITH ROAD CLOSURES AND DIVERSION ROUTES. IN THE PROCESS OF PROVIDING ESCORTS FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND FEMA, THEIR VEHICLES IN ROUTE TO THE PEE DEE AREA . AND IN THE PROCESS OF ASSIGNING TROOPERS TO STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISIONS TO ASSIST THE HORRY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH PATROLS AND HAVE A STRONG LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE TO PREVENT LOOTING. >> THANK YOU. JON MEACHAM DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS OF 2 PM THERE ARE CURRENTLY 5796 PEOPLE IN SHELTERS ACROSS THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. THERE ARE 80 TOTAL SHELTERS OPEN IN SUPPORT OF THIS EVENT. WE HAVE A CAPACITY IN OUR SHELTERS OF 46,860. WE ARE CURRENTLY AT 12% OCCUPANCY. THAT’S DOWN FROM 14% THIS MORNING. SO WE HAVE SPACE FOR AN ADDITIONAL 41,063 INDIVIDUALS IN SHELTERS.

OF THE 80 SHELTERS THAT ARE OPEN, 67 ARE GENERAL POPULATION AND THREE OF THOSE ARE FULL. 13 ARE SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS SHELTERS AND EIGHT OF THESE ARE FULL. JUST SOME GENERAL INFORMATION POINTS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE SIX SHELTERS THAT ARE OPERATING ON GENERATED POWER. THOSE ARE THREE AND MARION COUNTY, ONE IN DILLON, AND TWO AND HORRY COUNTY. THESE LOCATIONS HAVE PLENTY OF FUEL, WATER AND FOOD AND WE ARE IN CONST IN CONTACT WITH THE SHELTERS.

OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS DISTRIBUTED 6696 COPS TO MAKE SURE WE MEET THE NEEDS OF CLIENTS. THEY ARE DELIVERING ADDITIONAL CUTS AS NEEDED. WE HAVE NO REPORTS FROM VOLUNTEERS OF ANY FOOD ISSUES IN THE SHELTERS. WE ARE NOW MAKING PLANS TO MOVE FROM A HURRICANE EVACUATION SITUATION TO A FLOODING EVENT. NOW THAT THE EVACUATION ORDERS HAVE BEEN LIFTED AND THE COUNTIES OF THE GOVERNOR ARE ANNOUNCED WE ARE WORKING TO REMOVE THESE LOCATIONS BACK TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. LOCAL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE TO SHIFT RESOURCES INTO SHELTERS AND WE SHOULD BE CONSOLIDATING SOME OF THE SHELTERING SERVICES. >> HOW MANY SCHOOLS ARE BEING USED FOR SHELTERS AND HORRY COUNTY IN GEORGETOWN COUNTY? >> I CAN GET THAT BACK. I DON’T HAVE THAT HERE RIGHT NOW. >> IS IT EIGHT IN HORRY? >> IT’S EIGHT IN HORRY AND TWO IN GEORGETOWN AND OUT OF THE 67 GENERAL POPULATION, 65 OF THOSE WERE LOCATED IN SCHOOLS. >> THANK YOU, MA’AM. JAMIE WILSON, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS REPORTED EARLIER, WE CONDUCTED ASSESSMENTS OF 262 DAMS BEFORE THE STORM AND AS THE RAINS CONTINUE THE HEALTH OF THE STATE GUARD WE ARE KEEPING VISUAL OBSERVATIONS ON 27 OF THOSE DAMS.

WE ARE ALREADY PARTNERING WITH THE U.S. CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO GO OUT MONDAY AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY DAMAGE THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE DAMS. FOR THE AREAS WHERE THE EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED, THERE ARE VARIOUS HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE AREAS AND WE ASSURE THERE IS NO DAMAGE TO FACILITY SO THAT PATIENTS AND RESIDENTS CAN RETURN TO VARIOUS HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES THAT WERE EVACUATED. >> THANK YOU. DIRECTOR EDWARDS OF THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS. >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. FIRST AN UPDATE ON THE OUTAGES. AS OF 8 AM THIS MORNING OUR PEAK OUTAGE FOR TODAY WAS 171,899. I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT NUMBER HAS STEADILY DROPPED THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND AS OF IT WAS 118,833.

WITH REGARD TO FUEL, WE HAVE BEEN MESSAGING TO OUR FUEL PARTNERS THAT WHEN IT’S SAFE TO DO SO TO GET THEIR TRUCKS OUT ON THE ROAD. IN PARTICULAR WE EMPHASIZE THEY SHOULD TAKE AVAILABLE SUPPLIES TO HORRY COUNTY FOR ANY POTENTIAL FLOODING OCCURS. WHILE THE STORM IS NOT OVER WE EXPECT TO SEE FLUCTUATION IN THE OUTAGE NUMBERS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU AND SHOW OUR DEEP APPRECIATION TO OUR UTILITY AND FUEL PARTNERS FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK. I THINK THE NUMBERS IN THE DROP OF THE OUTAGES REFLECT THE UTILITY CREWS ARE DOING THEIR BEST. THANK YOU. >> THE DIRECTOR OF THE MANAGEMENT DIVISION.

>> IN TERMS OF THE RESPONSE AND PRIORITIES AT THE STATE MISSION RESPONSE TEAM THEY REMAIN THE SAME. WE CONTINUE SHARPENING OPERATIONS AND INITIAL RESPONSE INCLUDED FLOOD OPERATIONS. IN CONTINUING THROUGH THE INITIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT AND FINAL REENTRY. AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WE HAVE 33 COUNTY AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS OPEN AND EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO DROP OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO. IN TERMS OF COUNTY IMPACTS, NO MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED SO FAR BUT LIMITED RESIDENTIAL IMAGE AND ROAD DEBRIS PRIMARILY IN THE PEE DEE AREA. POWER IS THE MAIN ISSUE IN THE PEE DEE AREA WITH AT LEAST FIVE COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS NOW OPERATING ON EMERGENCY POWER AND THAT IS DYLAN, FLORENCE, LEE AND WILLIAMSBURG.

IN TERMS OF THE FLOOD OPERATIONS THERE IS A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER THAT SOME COUNTIES MAY BECOME ISOLATED AND SOME PORTIONS MAY BECOME ISOLATED DUE TO FLOODWATER WHICH WE MAY SEE IN THE FUTURE AS EARLY AS EARLY NEXT WEEK. SO TWO THINGS. WE ARE COORDINATING WITH THE COUNTIES TO PRE-STAGE FOOD, WATER AND FUEL AS WELL AS SANDBAGS AND FLOOD BARRIERS IN THOSE AREAS THAT MAY BE ISOLATED. THAT IS IN ADVANCE OF THE FLOODWATERS. ALSO COORDINATING WITH THE COUNTIES FOR INDIVIDUAL POINTS OF DISTRIBUTION FOR CITIZENS CAN RECEIVE DELIVERY OF FOOD AND WATER AND THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

WE ARE LOOKING AT 22 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. IN TERMS OF THE REQUESTS WE HAVE HAD, WE HAD 772 REQUEST FROM LOCAL AUTHORITIES. WE HAD 644 THAT ARE COMPLETE OR IN PROGRESS. AS THE GOVERNOR MENTION WE HAVE PERSONNEL FROM NINE STATES THAT ARE ASSISTING WITH THE RESPONSE AND RIGHT NOW IT’S ALMOST 400 PEOPLE FROM OUT OF STATE HELPING. AND THE LAST POINT IS A REMINDER OF PUBLIC INFORMATION PHONE NUMBER ON THE SCREEN AND YOU CAN STILL CALL HIM WITH ANY QUESTIONS. ANY CITIZENS ABOUT ANY ISSUES AND LASTLY STAY TUNED TO OUR WEBSITE WHICH HAS ALL KINDS OF GOOD LINKS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE DOWNLOADED OUR APP THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGER APP IS WIDELY WORKING. >> ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ANYONE? >> THE BREAKDOWN FOR EVACUEES, HOW MANY YOU RETURN TO COUNTIES? >> IN THE NORTHERN CONGLOMERATE THERE WAS ABOUT 200,000 PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE EVACUATED. I’M SORRY. THAT’S THE GEORGETOWN AND HORRY. DO YOU HAVE A NUMBER THAT EVACUATED? >> AND THE COUNTIES INDICATED THAT THOUGHT THEY HAD PRETTY HIGH COMPLIANCE IN GEORGETOWN AND HORRY AREAS FOR THAT. >> CAN YOU EXPLAIN MAKING THAT DECISION ? >> AS WE KNOW THIS IS A HURRICANE EVENT FOLLOWED BY A WEATHER EVENT. AND ALL THE DECISIONS YOU HAVE HEARD ANNOUNCED HERE WERE MADE WITH CLOSE CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS WITH THE MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY OFFICIALS AT EVERY LEVEL AS WELL AS STATE LEGISLATORS, AS WELL AS OUR U.S.

SENATORS AND CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION. IT HAS BEEN A FULL TEAM EFFORT BY SOUTH CAROLINA WITH OF COURSE THE HELP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. EVERYTHING, THE TALENT AND RESOURCES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO BEAR ON THIS. >> GOVERNOR ARE THERE GOING TO BE DISASTER PLANS AVAILABLE? >> YES, HE JUST SAID THEY WOULD DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SEE THAT EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. WE HAVE EVERYTHING AVAILABLE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. >> ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC CONCERNS THAN ANY DAMS MIGHT BREACH BECAUSE OF FLOODWATER AND IF SO WHERE ARE THEY? >> MR. WILSON? >> THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS IT RELATES TO DAMS THAT THE STATE REGULATES, AND KEEP IN MIND THE STATE DOES NOT REGULATE LAKE DAMS, THOSE ARE REGULATED BY THE FEDERAL REGULATORY COMMISSION. BUT FOR MIDDLE SIDE — SIZE DAMS THAT WE REGULATE WE DON’T HAVE CONCERNS BUT CONTINUED TO EVALUATE BASED ON DATA PROVIDED BY DNR AND OUR OWN IN-HOUSE EXPERTS.

>> I’D LIKE TO ALSO MAKE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR OUR LARGE UTILITIES WERE VERY PROACTIVE. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE STATE WHERE WE’VE SEEN FLOODING AFTER LARGE RAIN EVENTS THE UTILITIES WERE RELEASING WATER AHEAD OF THE HEAVY RAINFALL SO THOSE LAKES COULD HOLD WATER. THEY WERE A HOLDING AREA FOR RAINWATER THAT WAS GOING TO THOSE LAKES AND BECAUSE THEY WERE VERY PROACTIVE AND STARTED THAT RELEASE OF WATER EARLY ON THAT HELPED WAS SOME SITUATION, IF THEY HAD TO RELEASE WATER AT THE LAST MINUTE.

BY WORKING ON THE LARGE RESERVOIRS AND LETTING WATER GO AHEAD OF TIME, IT SERVED AS A HOLDING POT FOR RAINWATER THAT WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO HELP MITIGATE THE FLOODING. >> >> YES. >> >> I DID NOT HEAR THAT. >> >> MR. WILSON? >> LET ME FOLLOW UP ON THE OTHER DAM AS WELL. THE RAINS ARE CONTINUING AT THUS FAR WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SURVEILLANCE WITH HELP FROM THE STATE GUARD. AS WE KEEP HEARING THE RAINS ARE STILL HAPPENING AND WE STILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE DAMS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT STAY SAFE. AS IT RELATES TO LAKE BUSBY, THERE IS NOT BEEN ACTION WOULD LAKE BUSBY BUT FOR THE MANAGED MATERIAL THAT WERE ASSOCIATED WITH SANTEE COOPER, WE ARE WORKING WITH SANTEE COOPER IN CLOSE COMMUNICATION AS THEY TAKE EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THEY STAY SECURE AND THERE IS NOT A PROBLEM.

THEY CONTINUE TO WATCH THE RISING RIVER LEVELS AND TAKING ACTION IS NECESSARY FOR THAT. >> GOVERNOR HAVE YOU PERSONALLY ASKED THE PRESIDENT TO EXPEDITE THOSE FUNDS FOR THE AND IF NOT WHY? >> HE OFFERED TO EXPEDITE EVERYTHING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO AND THAT’S WHY WE HAVE MUCH ATTENTION AND COMMUNICATION WITH VIRTUALLY EVERY CABINET OFFICIAL REPEATEDLY. >> >> EVERY PROBLEM WE HAVE HAS BEEN COVERED BY — EVERY PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE, EVERY CONTINGENCY HAS BEEN ADDRESSED .>> WHERE HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN CONDITIONS WE SEE IN HORRY A GEORGETOWN COUNTY THAT ARE STILL UNDER EVACUATION ORDERS? >> IT’S THE FLOODING . AS WE KNEW FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AS THE STORM TURNED INTO A HURRICANE AND CAME ASHORE, AS YOU HAVE SEEN ON TELEVISION, THE GRAPHICS OF ALL THE RAIN FALLING IN NORTH CAROLINA AS WELL AS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, RECORD AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL IN SOME PLACES FEET AND NOT INCHES. AND SOME OF THOSE RIVERS IN NORTH CAROLINA FLOW DOWN INTO SOUTH CAROLINA.

SO NOT ONLY ARE THOSE RIVERS FLOODING BASED ON THE WATER FALLING IN SOUTH CAROLINA BUT WE HAD THEM ALSO FROM NORTH CAROLINA AS WELL AND SAME THING ACROSS THE STATE. THAT IS WHAT IS BRINGING A POSSIBILITY OR ACTUALITY OF FLOODING IN THOSE AREAS MORE SO THAN IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE. >> >> THANK YOU. THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS AND AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY A LOT OF ANALYSIS BEING DONE WITH DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES, STATE EMD, NATIONAL GUARD AND ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO LOOK AT ACTUAL DATA TO TRY TO USE THAT TO PROJECT AND HELP US PLAN FOR RICH ROADS WILL OVER TOP AND WE TAKE THAT DATA AND COMPARE IT TO ROADWAY DATA AND LOOK AT BRIDGE ELEVATIONS AND LOOK AT THE CAUSEWAY OR ROADS LEADING UP TO THE BRIDGE AND STUDY THAT TO DETERMINE WHERE THE ROAD COULD POTENTIALLY OVER TOP.

BY DOING THAT ANALYSIS BASED ON CURRENTLY AVAILABLE DATA TO US, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER WE PREDICTED THAT U.S. 378 LYNCHES RIVER WITHOUT ACTION ON OUR PART COULD POTENTIALLY OVER TOP BY ONE FOOT THE CAUSEWAY ITSELF AND IN ORDER TO PROTECT THAT AN INSURER AND TRY TO PROVIDE AT LEAST ONE MAJOR ROADWAY INTO MAURY COUNTY TO MOVE PEOPLE AND GOODS BACK AND FORTH, WE WILL START APPROXIMATELY ONE MILE IN LENGTH A FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE TO HOLD BACK THOSE FLOODWATERS AND DIVERT THEM AWAY FROM THE CAUSEWAY AND ROADWAY ITSELF.

AS YOU MOVE INTO 501 AT THE BYPASS IN CONWAY, SIMILAR SITUATION AND LOOKING AT THE APPROACHES IN THAT AREA AND THE SAME SITUATION APPLIES. INSTEAD OF A ONE FOOT OVERTOPPING WE PROJECTED PLANNING FOR ABOUT A THREE FOOT POTENTIAL OVERTOPPING. IN ORDER TO PROTECT THAT M PLANNING TO BUILD ABOUT A MILE LENGTH FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE TO KEEP FLOODWATERS OFF OF THE ROADWAY AND MAINTAIN THAT ROADWAY ACCESS INTO THE AREA. >> HOUSTON FOR THE STRUCTURE BE IN PLACE? >> WE ARE WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, NATIONAL GUARD AND CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO GET THE MATERIALS RESOURCE AND WE ARE PULLING SAND OUT OF THE AREA AND THE COUNTY IS ENGAGED GETTING MATERIALS ON-SITE. MATERIALS ARE MOVING AND SHOULD HAVE ON- SITE LATE THIS AFTERNOON WITH A BIG PUSH TOMORROW AND AS LONG AS WE NEED TO POSSIBLY, A LITTLE BIT ON MONDAY IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE MOST OF THOSE PROTECTIVE DEVICES ARE IN PLACE BY MONDAY NIGHT WHEN NIGHT FALLS.

THAT IS OUR PLAN. A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF ACTIVITY FROM A LOT OF TEAM MEMBERS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN INCLUDING THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT TOMORROW AND MONDAY SO WE ARE READY AND PREPARED. >> ANY TIME FRAME ON WHEN THE EVACUATIONS IN HORRY A GEORGETOWN? >> THAT DEPENDS ON THE FACTS AS WITH ANY OTHER DECISION WE MAKE. THE DATA, THE FACT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF LOCAL AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS OTHERS.

>> NOW THAT WE’VE HAD THE FIRST FATALITY WOULD YOU SAY DRIVING ON THE ROADWAYS IS GAMBLING WITH YOUR LIFE? >> ANYTIME YOU HAVE A STORM OR HURRICANE OR FLOOD OR EVEN JUST HIGH WATER IT’S ALWAYS DANGEROUS . WE MUST ALWAYS BE CAREFUL. EVEN IF THERE ARE NOT EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS AND EVACUATIONS. YOU MUST ALWAYS BE VERY CAREFUL. >> ANY REPORTS OF LOOTING OR ROBBERIES IN ANY OF THE EVACUATIONS OWNS? >> THERE HAVE NOT BEEN. WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANYTHING AND I TALKED TO ALL THE SHARES IN THE PEE DEE REGION YESTERDAY PERSONALLY AND HAD NO CONCERNS AT THIS POINT. WE WILL BE OUT IN FORCE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT PROTECTING THESE AREAS THAT WERE EVACUATED. >> >> ADDED FROM YESTERDAY I THINK I HAVE THEM HERE, WE HAVE CURFEWS NOW IN HORRY, GEORGETOWN THE TOWN OF ANDREWS, CARLTON — CARLTON IS DONE, MARION COUNTY, DILLON COUNTY, FLORENCE COUNTY, CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, DARLINGTON COUNTY, MARBLE COUNTY, AND WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY. WE HAVE CURFEWS IN THOSE AREAS. >> >> THE TIMES ARE DIFFERENT ON SOME. SOME ARE UNTIL IN THE MORNING AND SOME ARE UNTIL IN THE MORNING.

>> OTHER QUESTIONS? THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND OUR HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF AMBER DAWN LEE AND WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW. THANK YOU. >> THAT IS THE GOVERNOR HENRY McMASTER SENDING HIS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE VICTIM IN UNION COUNTY WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF A CAR ACCIDENT THAT IS BEING ATTRIBUTED TO THIS SYSTEM MOVING THROUGH TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE. A BRIEF RECAP WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAD TO SAY. SCHOOL CLOSINGS IMMEDIATELY RETURN TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES. ALL STATE OFFICES PREVIOUSLY CLOSE WILL BE OPEN MONDAY WITH THE EXCEPTION OF HORRY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTIES.

TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WILL BUILD TEMPORARY DAMS ON 378 AND 501 TO KEEP ROADWAYS OPEN IN MYRTLE BEACH. ALSO FOUR OTHER HORRY A MARION COUNTY ROADS WILL GET WASHED OUT BY RISING WATER ON SOME RIVERS. BLACK RIVER WE ARE BEING TOLD EXPECTED TO BE OKAY. THE LUMBER, LITTLE BE — LITTLE PEE DEE AND WACCAMAW HAS CONCERN AND 80 SHELTERS ARE OPEN WITH 12% OCCUPATION. SIX ARE WITHOUT POWER AND SOME OF THOSE IN MARION, DYLAN AND HORRY COUNTY. THE PRESIDENT TELLING THE GOVERNOR HE IS WILLING TO SPEED THINGS UP SO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO HELP US. EVERY PROBLEM WE HAVE, EVERY CONTINGENCY HAS BEEN ADDRESSED. ONE OTHER NOTE, THE COLUMBIA AIRPORT IS OPEN AND WILL REMAIN OPEN AND SOME FLIGHTS HAVE CANCELED. IF YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO FLY OUT OF COLUMBIA METRO CHECK WITH YOUR AIRLINE FOR AN UPDATE. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. THE SYSTEM CONTINUES TO CREEP ALONG THE MIDLANDS IN SOUTH CAROLINA AT A SNAILS PACE. WE WILL SEE MORE WIND AND SEYMOUR RAIN.

WE WILL BE HERE THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND BRING YOU HOURLY UPDATES. WE WILL BE ONLINE AT WLTX.COM AND ON FACEBOOK LIVE THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. RIGHT NOW WE WILL WRAP UP OUR STORM COVERAGE FOR THE MOMENT AND SEND IT TO CBS PREGAME SHOW FOR THE S.E.C. GAME OF THE WEEK. .

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