COLUMBIA, S.C. (Thursday, June 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m.) – The first named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed and could potentially affect South Carolina. The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center expect Tropical Storm Andrea to produce heavy rain and wind in many parts of the state beginning tonight and lasting through Friday morning. The S.C. Emergency Management Division, county emergency managers and state agencies are watching the latest forecasts and planning as necessary.
Severe weather, tornadoes, heavy rains and flooding have already impacted many areas this week. SCEMD urges everyone to listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media, review emergency plans and use caution as conditions warrant.
- Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not wait to be told to move.
- If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
- Visit www.scemd.org for updates and preparation information
- Social: SCEMD will be posting information via social media such as Twitter and Facebook, @SCEMD using hashtags #scwx, #sctweets #TSAndrea. .
- Real-time travel information from SCDOT: http://www.scdot.org/getting/travelAdvisories.aspx