South Carolina residents should prepare for severe weather expected to impact the state Tuesday. As of this morning, Forecasters with the National Weather Service predict widespread damaging winds and the possibility of tornados, heavy rains and flash flooding, with the most severe storm conditions likely tomorrow afternoon.
Residents should take immediate safety precautions if they receive an emergency alert or are advised to do so by local public safety officials.
Before the storm, double-check emergency plans, including:
-Review Your Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries, and a first-aid kit. Make sure your cell phone and other devices are charged in case of power outages.
-Secure Outdoor Items: Be sure to clean up any items in your yard that may become dangerous projectiles due to high winds. This includes outdoor furniture, garden tools, decorations, and toys.
-Stay Informed: Check local weather forecasts for information specific to your area and stay informed about storm developments. Have multiple ways to get emergency information.
-Turn Around Don't Drown: Heavy rain can lead to flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
-If a Tornado Warning is issued for your area, get indoors to a pre-designated area such as an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway, central bathroom with no windows) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
- If you're in a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home, get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building, or storm shelter.
- If you cannot get indoors, lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of potential flooding and flying debris.
- Remember, straight-line winds can be just as damaging as a tornado.
As conditions change, stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts from the National Weather Service and local meteorologists. They will give you the best local information about the timing of the storm and conditions in specific areas.
What to do during severe weather: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/thunderstorms/
Before, During and After a Tornado: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/tornadoes/
Flood Safety: https://scemd.org/prepare/types-of-disasters/floods/