Tropical Storm Florence Update – 09/15/18


>>Gov. McMaster: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AM VERY
SAD TO ANNOUNCE, IF YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW THAT WE HAVE HAD ONE VICTIM STORM RELATED
FATALITY, MRS. AMBER DONNELLY IN UNION COUNTY LAST NIGHT
AT 9:40 PM ON HIGHWAY THAT HIT A TREE IN THE HIGHWAY. SHE PASSED AWAY AND OUR APPRAISERS AND HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND LOVED ONES AND WE ARE MIGHTY SORRY. CHAPLAIN? FIRST JOHN 5:14 SAYS THIS IS A CONVIDENCE THAT
WE HAVE IN HIM. ANYTHING ACCORDING TO HIS WILL WE HAVE THE
PETITION THAT WE DESIRE. ALMIGHTY AND THE WISE GOD, WE THANK YOU SO
VERY MUCH. BEING CONSISTENT AND FAITHFUL TO US. HE GIVES US GLORY TODAY. FOR EVERYONE THAT IS WORKING TOWARD A CONCLUSION TO THIS MATTER. THERE IS NO ONE LIKE YOU ANYWHERE. WE NEED YOU MORE NOW THAN WE HAVE EVER NEEDED YOU BEFORE. FAMILIES NEED YOU. FIRST RESPONDERS NEED YOU. THOSE OF US THAT ARE CAUGHT IN THE GRIP OF
THE STORM WHETHER IT’S A NATURAL STORM OR A SPIRITUAL ONE. WE NEED YOU. SO, TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THERE’S SOMETHING LOST, I PRAY NOW YOU WILL DRY THEIR EYES. COVER THEM IN THEIR LOSS. YOU ARE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING BY FAITH SO RIGHT
NOW, WE GIVE YOU GLORY BECAUSE YOU HAVE CREDIT THAT’S GOOD WITH US IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY,
AMEN.>>AMEN. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, JOHN CARRILLO.>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. GOOD AFTERNOON. HEAVY RAIN CONTINUES ACROSS NORTH CAROLINA. CATASTROPHIC FLOODING STILL ONGOING ACROSS
MUCH OF SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA THIS AFTERNOON. TROPICAL STORM FLORENCE HAS WEAKENED THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND HAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND OF 40 MPH. THE CENTER OF FLORENCE IS CURRENTLY LOCATED
40 MILES SOUTH OF FLORENCE SOUTH CAROLINA. IN WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY. IT’S MOVING VERY SLOWLY ONLY TO THE WEST AT
3 MPH. IT’S REALLY BEEN A SLOW MOVE SINCE IT CAME
TO SOUTH CAROLINA LAST EVENING. LOOKING AT THE HIGHEST WINDOWS THAT YOU’VE
SEEN SO FAR AND SOUTH CAROLINA, THE HIGHEST WE STILL HAVE SEEN IS 61 MPH MYRTLE BEACH
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. IN MARION AND AFTER THAT WE HAVE 60 MILE-PER-HOUR REPORTS IN FLORENCE AND AT THE GRAND AIRPORT. EVEN OVER INTO THE MIDLANDS AT 54 MPH AT SHAW AND 53 DOWN TO CHARLESTON, IN THE LOWCOUNTRY. TROPICAL STORM WARNING WAS CANCELED EARLY
THIS MORNING FOR THE CHARLESTON TRI-COUNTY AREA. IT REMAINS IN EFFECT ELSEWHERE IN THE GRAND
STRAND PD, EASTERN AND CENTRAL MIDLANDS. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WIND GUSTS OF 40 – 50
MPH STILL POSSIBLE MAINLY INTO THIS EVENING IN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA. WHEN SHOULD DIMINISH ON SUNDAY AS REMNANTS
OF FLORENCE FINALLY MOVED NORTHWEST AND OUT OF THE STATE. LOOKING AT OBSERVE RAINFALL AMOUNTS, CERTAINLY NORTH CAROLINA HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT FLASH FLOODING AND AMPLE AMOUNTS OF VERY EXTREME UP THERE. A LOT OF THEM VARYING BETWEEN 25 – 30 RAINFALL
IN THE HIGHEST WE’VE SEEN SO FAR IS 31 INCHES IN PAINESVILLE COUNTY. A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RAINFALL. FOR US BY NO MEANS IS A RISK FOR FLASH FLOODING OVER. IN FACT, THE ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF
EIGHT – 12 INCHES EXPECTED FROM ROCKVILLE – FLORENCE TOMORROW MYRTLE BEACH AREAS WITH AN ADDITIONAL TWO – SIX TO THE I 26 CORRIDOR. THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY RAIN INTO THE FIRST
PART OF THE UPCOMING WEEK. THE POTENTIAL IS STILL THEREFORE POTENTIALLY
DEADLY FLOODING IN THE MIDLANDS AND THE UPSTATE WHERE FLASH FLOOD WATCHES BECAME IN EFFECT. WE EXPECT HEAVY RAIN AND THE PD RIVER BASIN
THAT INCLUDES THE GREAT PD, LITTLE PD, LUMBER, WACCAMAW AND WHEN SHE RIVER DUE TO RAINFALL
OCCURRING IN THE NORTH CAROLINA WATERSHED. RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PREPAREDNESS
NOW AND STAY CONNECTED TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FOR EVACUATION DETAILS. WE ARE ASSESSING ADDITIONAL FLOODING IMPACTS. THANK YOU.>>Gov. McMaster: THANK YOU. AS YOU KNOW FROM THE BEGINNING SINCE WE WERE
WATCHING FROM THE STORM AND HURRICANE, IT’S BEEN MOST UNPRINTABLE. WHAT HAS BEEN PREDICTABLE AND STEADY IS THE
CONCERN ABOUT HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING. THAT IS ON COURSE FOR WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING ALL ALONG. WE HAVE, THIS MORNING, ISSUED AN 11:00 TO
MOVE THE EXACT EVACUATION ORDER EVACUATION ZONES AND CHARLESTON COUNTY, BERKELEY COUNTY, DORCHESTER COUNTY AND FOR EDISTO BEACH WHICH YOU CONTINUE UNDER THE ZONE EVACUATION AND COLLERTON COUNTY. THEY CAME OUT OF THAT CHARLESTON, BERKELEY,
DORCHESTER AND IT IS EDISTO BEACH. THAT MEANS THE EVACUATION IS STILL IN EFFECT
FOR EVACUATION ZONES IN TWO COUNTIES ONLY. HOORY ZONES THERE AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY. THE ZONES THERE. THE SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STATE OFFICE CLOSURES ARE STILL IN EFFECT IN HOORY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY. THAT IS THE ENTIRE COUNTY. AGAIN, ALL SCHOOL CLOSURES EXCEPT THOSE IN
HOORY COUNTY AND GEORGETOWN COUNTY ARE NOW IMMEDIATELY RETURNING TO THE LOCAL OFFICIALS. ALL OF THESE ORDERS OF COURSE ARE DONE AND
CLOSE ON CERTAIN AND CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE COUNTY OFFICE AND STATE OFFICIALS
AND MUNICIPAL OFFICES AND THE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL. ALSO, STATE OFFICES THAT HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY
CLOSED, ALL STATE OFFICES PREVIOUSLY CLOSED WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON MONDAY. I WILL SAY AGAIN – THE EVACUATION ORDER
IS STILL IN EFFECT FOR THE EVACUATION ZONES. ALL OF THEM. CORY COUNTY, GEORGETOWN COUNTIES. THAT IS NOT INCLUDE THE ENTIRE COUNTY. THOSE COUNTIES, HOWEVER, SCHOOL CLOSURES AND STATE OFFICES ARE STILL IN EFFECT IN THE ENTIRE COUNTIES. HOORY AND GEORGETOWN. ALL SCHOOL CLOSURES EXCEPT THOSE IN HORRY
AND GEORGETOWN COUNTIES ARE RIGHT NOW IMMEDIATELY RETURNING TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL AUTHORITIES. ALLSTATE OFFICES PREVIOUSLY CLOSED WILL BE
OPEN FOR BUSINESS ON MONDAY. I WANT TO SAY AGAIN, THIS HAS BEEN A EXERCISE
IN PROFESSIONALISM BY PEOPLE ALL OVER THE STATE INCLUDING VOLUNTEERS AND CITIZENS THEMSELVES. WE HAVE HAD HELP FROM NINE DIFFERENT STATES. AS WELL AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INVOLVEMENT IN
THE ADMINISTRATION AS HEAVY AS IT’S EVER BEEN. IN SOUTH CAROLINA. WE HAVE HAD A GREAT TEAM. HERE IN SOUTH CAROLINA. NOW WE FORESEE WITH REPORTS FROM SOME OF THESE
TEAM MEMBERS STARTING WITH GENERAL LIVINGSTON.>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. ALL OF TEAM SOUTH CAROLINA IS NOW TURNING
TOWARDS WELLNESS CHECKS. DOING RECOGNIZANCE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE. WE WILL BE ACTIVELY AND PATROLLED THE COAST,
DNR WILL BE ON THE RIVERS. WE ALREADY HAVE THE FIRST FLIGHTS FROM THE
COAST GUARD AND NATIONAL GUARD. THE OUTLOOK TO SEE IF ANYONE NEEDS ANY HELP. WE ARE CONTINUING TO COORDINATE WITH OUR DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY TEAM OF PARTNERS TO PREPARE FOR THE FLOODS THAT ARE COMING
AND THOSE CONSEQUENCES. WE REPOSITION OTHER ASSETS TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE THAT. I THINK AS WE LOOK, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE HAD
NO CALLS FOR RESCUE. THAT IS A GOOD THING BECAUSE I THINK THE GOVERNORS EVACUATION ORDER TO EVACUATE THE RESCUE AND EVEN THOUGH THE STORM TOOK US TURN TO THE
NORTH AT THE NORTH LAST MINUTE, THE REALLY TELLING PIECE IS THE CITIZENS OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COOPERATING WITH THAT EVACUATION ORDER AND SO THEY DID NOT PUT THE RESCUERS OR THEMSELVES IN DANGER. WE APPRECIATE THAT COOPERATION.>>SECRETARY HALL.>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. THERE ARE NO MAJOR ISSUES ON THE HIGHWAYS
ACROSS THE STATE. THE DOT CREWS AND COORDINATION WITH COUNTY
GOVERNMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS WERE OVERNIGHT AND AS WELL AS TODAY AND ARE CONTINUING TO
WORK TO CLEAR UP ANY ROAD CLOSURES THAT WE MIGHT HAVE AND SOME OF THE SMALLER ROADS. GET THE DEBRIS OUT OF THE WAY AND DO THE WORK
THAT WE NEED TO DO TO GET EVERYTHING RESTORED. OUR CURRENT MAJOR EFFORT IS TO PREPARE FOR
THE FLOOD ZONE COMING. WE HAVE COMPLETED AN ANALYSIS WITH OUR PARTNERS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND NATIONAL GUARD AND OTHERS
TO LOOK AT THE WATERWAYS AND IN PARTICULAR, THE DOT TEAM HAS IDENTIFIED FOUR BRIDGES THAT
WE ARE HAVING CONCERNS WITH THAT ARE ALMOST SIMILAR TO THE SAME BRIDGES THAT WE HAD CONCERNS WITH WITH THE HURRICANE MATTHEW. THOSE FOUR BRIDGES WE PREDICT WILL BE OVERTOPPED BY FLOODWATERS SOMETIME LATE ON THE 17TH, POSSIBLY EARLY IN THE 18TH. THOSE ARE SC NINE AC 917 US 501 AND SC NINE SHOWN ON THE MAP TO MY RIGHT. THOSE ARE ALMOST THE EXACT SAME WATERWAYS
THAT WE HAD ISSUES WITH IN THE PREVIOUS EVENT. WE CONTINUE TO ANALYZE US 701, US 17 AND GEORGETOWN AND SC 22 THE CONWAY BYPASS. STILL WORK TO COME ON THOSE FROM ANALYSIS. THE GOVERNMENT HAS DIRECTED THAT 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 US 378 INTO THE HORRY COUNTY AREA. AND US 501 BYPASS ALONG CONWAY TO GET US OVER TO WACCAMAW RIVER. THAT’S OUR CURRENT PLAN. THE TEAM HAS COLLECTIVELY WORK TOGETHER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, SOUTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD – NATIONAL GUARD. THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO DEVELOP A PLAN. THAT PLAN INVOLVES PLANNING FOR A PROJECTED
1 FOOT OVERTOPPING OF US 378 OVER THE RIVER AND FLORENCE COUNTY. WE ARE DETECTING THE AREA AND WHAT WE WILL
DO IS OUR PLAN IS TO GO IN AND BUILD AN EMERGENCY FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE TO BASICALLY DIVERT
THE FLOODWATERS AWAY FROM THE ROADWAY TO KEEP THE ROADWAY OPEN. CONTINUING ON TOWARDS HORRY ON 378, WE EXPECT NO ISSUES ON 378 OTHER THAN THAT ONE AREA. ONCE YOU GET INTO THE CONWAY AREA WE ARE PREDICTING FLOODING IN THE AREA AS WELL. IN ORDER TO GET OVER WACCAMAW INTO ORY COUNTY TOWARDS MYRTLE BEACH, THE PLAN IS TO PROTECT 501 BYPASS AND CONWAY IN ORDER TO GET OVER
TO WACCAMAW. THE CURRENT PLANNING NUMBERS, AGAIN, THIS
IS WHAT WE PLAN FOR. IT’S PROJECTED 3 FOOT OVERTOPPING OF US 501
BYPASS. THE PLAN IS TO BUILD APPROXIMATELY 1.5 MILES
IN LENGTH, A TEMPORARY FLOOD DEVICE IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE HIGHWAY AND KEEP THE HIGHWAY
OPEN AS MUCH AS WE CAN. OF COURSE WE STILL DO FINAL COORDINATION WITH
THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND NATIONAL GUARD CORPS OF ENGINEERS AND DHEC TO LOOK
AT THE ITEMS. WE CONTINUE TO ANALYZE THE IMPACT OF THE FLOODWATERS AS YOU HEAD AWAY FROM THE PD AREA OVER TOWARDS I-95. SEVERAL STRUCTURES OF 95 THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY STUDYING TO DETERMINE IF WE WILL HAVE ANY THEY ARE. THANK YOU.>>Gov. McMaster: THANK YOU. CHIEF MARKEL FROM THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION.>>ALL PERSONNEL AND STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT
IN THE NATIONAL GUARD RESOURCES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN CONGLOMERATES HAVE BEEN DEMOBILIZED IN THOSE PERSONNEL ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO BE REDEPLOYED TO THE NORTHERN CONGLOMERATES IN THOSE COUNTIES IN ORY, GEORGETOWN, MARION AND DYLAN BUT INCLUDES ALL THE COUNTIES IN
THE PD AREA. I PERSONALLY CONTACTED ALL THE SHERIFFS AND
THE PD YESTERDAY AND TALK WITH THEM ABOUT THE NEEDED RESOURCES AND HAVE 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 THE LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS. AS MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN WORKING LONG HOURS AWAY FROM THEIR HOMES AND FAMILIES. I AM ASKING THAT CITIZENS STAY AWAY FROM THOSE STORM DAMAGED AND FLOODED AREAS. AGAIN, LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE OUT IN FORCE. PATROLLING THESE AREAS AND VEHICLES WITH BOATS AND DOING AIR PATROL. SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE BEING PATROLLED AS
I SPEAK. AGAIN, AS I HAVE SAID EACH DAY. CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THESE AREAS WILL NOT
BE TOLERATED. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. COLONEL, DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES?>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. TODAY WE ARE STILL MONITORING OUR RIVERS AND
IN THE BASIN. GOOD NEWS IS WE FEEL LIKE THE BLACK RIVER
THAT WILL BE SAFE AND NOT HAVE – IT MIGHT HAVE MINOR FLOODING BUT NOT MODERATE FLOODING. WE ARE CONCENTRATING ON THE LITTLE PD AND
WACCAMAW. THE DAMS IN THOSE THREE RIVER SYSTEMS THAT
ARE PART OF THE BASIN, WE ARE EXPECTING MODERATE – EXTENSIVE FLOODING IN THOSE AREAS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE PERSONNEL FROM SLED AND
DNR V AND THEY ARE GOING INTO THOSE AREAS AND INTO THE WATERWAYS AND LETTING PEOPLE
KNOW THAT THE FLOODWATERS ARE COMING. LET THEM SEE US AND KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING
TO BE THERE. TOMORROW MORNING WE WILL START THE PATROLS
ON THE WATERWAYS AND HELPING ANY OF THE EVACUATIONS THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY. ALSO, TO PROVIDE A PRESENCE OF SAFETY AND
LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE. A GOOD NOTE – WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAP AREA
THE MAPPING HAS WORKED WELL. WE HAVE HAD SOME GOOD REAL-TIME MAPPING FROM RAINFALL IN NORTH CAROLINA AND SO IT’S HELPED US TO SEND OUR RESOURCES WHERE THEY WOULD
BE NEEDED MOST. WE WILL CONTINUE THAT AS LONG AS THE RAIN
IS FALLING. GOVERNOR?>>Gov. McMaster: THANK YOU, COLONEL. LEROY SMITH, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS GOVERNOR STATED, WE HAVE ONE CONFIRMED STORM RELATED DEATH. UNION COUNTY ON SC 18. IT STRUCK A TREE THAT WAS ACROSS THE ROADWAY
FROM THE HEAVY WIND AND RAIN. THE VICTIM IS A FEMALE AT 61 YEARS. AGAIN, OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO THE
FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE VICTIM. TROOPERS AND OFFICERS FROM THE PATROLLING
ROADWAYS, LOOKING FOR DOWN POWER LINES AND TREES AND DEBRIS IN THE ROADWAYS. INVESTIGATING COLLISIONS. LOOKING FOR ANY OTHER ROADWAY HAZARDS. WE ARE PREPARED TO ASSIST IN THE DEPARTMENT
OF TRANSPORTATION WITH ROAD CLOSURES AND DIVERSION ROUTES. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PROVIDING ESCORTS
FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND FEMA. THE VEHICLES THAT WILL BE IN ROUTE TO THE
AREA AND LASTLY, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ASSIGNING TROOPERS TO ESL 13. THAT IS STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISIONS TO
ASSIST THE HORRY COUNTY WITH POLICE DEPARTMENT LINE PATROLS AND HAVE A STRONG LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE.>>Gov. McMaster: DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS OF 2:00 PM, 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
AND ARE SHELTERS OF 46,860. WE ARE CURRENTLY AT 12% OCCUPANCY. THAT’S DOWN FROM 14% THIS MORNING. WE HAVE SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL 41,063 INDIVIDUALS IN SHELTERS. OF THE 80 SHELTERS THAT ARE OPEN, 67 OUR GENERAL POPULATION AND THREE OF THOSE ARE FULL. 13 OUR 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 IN MARION COUNTY, ONE AND
DYLAN, TWO AND HORRY. THESE LOCATIONS ARE PLENTY OF FUEL, WATER AND FOOD AND WE ARE IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH THE SHELTERS. OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS, THE NATIONAL GUARD
HAS DISTRIBUTED 6696 COTS TO ENSURE THAT WE MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT. THEY ARE CURRENTLY DELIVERING ADDITIONAL COTS
AS NEEDED. WE HAVE NO REPORTS FROM THE VOLUNTEERS OF
ANY FOOD ISSUES IN THE SHELTERS. WE ARE NOW MAKING PLANS TO MOVE HIM A HURRICANE EVACUATION SITUATION TO A FLOODING EVENT. NOW THAT THE EVACUATION ORDER HAS BEEN LIFTED AND THE COUNTIES OF THE GOVERNOR ARE ANNOUNCED, WE ARE WORKING TO RELEASE THESE LOCATIONS
BACK TO THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. LOCAL DECISIONS WILL BE MADE TO SHIFT RESOURCES INTO THE SHELTERS AND WE SHOULD BE CONSOLIDATING SOME OF THE SHELTERING SERVICES.>>QUESTION – HOW MANY SCHOOLS ARE BEING
USED FOR SHELTERS?>>I CAN GET THAT BACK.>>I THINK IT’S EIGHT AND ORY?>>IT WAS EIGHT AND HORRY AND TWO IN GEORGETOWN. THAT IS CORRECT. OUT OF THE 60 SEVEN GENERAL POPULATIONS, 65
OF THOSE WERE LOCATED.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT.>>THANK YOU MA’AM. DAVID WILSON, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH? ENVIRONMENT PATROL?>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS REPORTED EARLIER, DHEC CONDUCTED 262 BEFORE THE STORM AS THE RAIN CONTINUE WITH THE HELP OF THE STATE GUARD, WE ARE KEEPING VISUAL
OBSERVATIONS ON 27 OF THOSE DAMS. WE ARE ALREADY PARTNERING WITH THE US CORPS
OF ENGINEERS TO GO OUT MONDAY AFTER THE STORM HAS PASSED TO SEE IF THERE IS ANY DAMAGE THAT
NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AT THE DAMS. FOR THE AREAS WHERE THE EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED, WE ARE NOW WORKING WITH THE HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THOSE AREAS TO ENSURE THAT THERE
WAS NO DAMAGES TO THOSE FACILITIES SO THE PATIENTS AND RESIDENCES CAN RETURN TO THE
VARIOUS HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND ASSISTED FACILITIES THAT WERE EVACUATED.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. DIRECTOR NANETTE EDWARDS OF OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF?>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR.>>FIRST, THE UPDATE ON THE OUTAGES. AS OF 8:00 AM, THE PEAK OUTAGE FOR TODAY WAS
171,899. I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT THE NUMBER HAS
STEADILY DROPPED THROUGHOUT THE DAY. AS OF 2:15 PM, IT WAS 118,000 833. WITH REGARD TO FUEL, WE HAVE BEEN MESSAGING
TO THE FUEL PARTNERS TO – WHEN IT’S SAFE TO DO SO, GO AHEAD AND GET THE TRUCKS OUT
ON THE ROAD, IN PARTICULAR, WE HAVE EMPHASIZED THEY SHOULD TAKE AVAILABLE SUPPLIES TO HORRY
COUNTY BEFORE ANY POTENTIAL FLOODING OCCURS. WHILE THE STORM IS NOT OVER, WE DO EXPECT
TO SEE FLUCTUATION IN THE OUTAGE NUMBERS. SHOWING DEEP APPRECIATION TO THE UTILITY AND
FUEL PARTNERS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK. I THINK THE NUMBERS IN THE OUTAGES CERTAINLY
REFLECT THAT THEY ARE DOING THEIR BEST. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU. DIRECTOR KIM STENSON OF THE MANAGEMENT DIVISION.>>THANK YOU, SIR. IN TERMS OF THE RESPONSE AND PRIORITIES HERE,
THEY REMAIN THE SAME. WE CONTINUE TO SHELTER AND OPERATIONS IN THE
INITIAL RESPONSE TO INCLUDE THE FLOOD OPERATIONS. ALSO, CONTINUING TO DO THE INITIAL DAMAGE
ASSESSMENT AND THE FINAL REENTRY. AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, WE HAVE 33 COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY OPEN. WE HAVE EXPECTED THAT NUMBER TO DROP IN THE
NEXT DAY OR SO. IN TERMS OF COUNTY IMPACT, THERE WAS NO MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTS SO FAR. THERE IS LIMITED RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE AND OF
COURSE ROAD DEBRIS, PRIMARILY IN THE PD AREA. POWER IS THE MAIN ISSUE IN THE PD AREA. AT LEAST FIVE COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
CENTERS NOW. OPERATING ON EMERGENCY POWER AND THAT WAS
DYLAN, FLORENCE, MARION, LEE AND WILLIAMSBURG. IN TERMS OF THE FLOOD OPERATIONS, THE BIG
POSSIBILITY AS WE SAID EARLIER THAT SOME COUNTIES MIGHT BECOME ISOLATED – SOME PORTIONS OF
SOME COUNTIES BECOME ISOLATED DUE TO THE FLOODWATER. WE MIGHT SEE IT IN THE FUTURE STUDIES AS EARLY
AS NEXT WEEK. WE ARE DOING TWO THINGS. COORDINATING WITH THE COUNTIES IN THE PRE-STAGE FOOD, WATER, FUEL AND AS WELL AS SANDBAGS AND FLOOD BARRIERS IN THOSE AREAS THAT MIGHT
BE ISOLATED. IT’S IN ADVANCE OF THE FLOODWATERS. WE ALSO COORDINATE WITH THE COUNTY FOR INDIVIDUAL POINT OF DISTRIBUTION AND THAT’S WHERE CITIZENS CAN RECEIVE DELIVERY OF FOOD AND WATER AND
THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE LOCATIONS. RIGHT NOW WE WORK AT A POSSIBILITY OF 22 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. IN TERMS OF THE REQUEST THAT WE HAVE HAD,
WE HAVE HAD 772 REQUEST FROM THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. WE HAVE 644 THAT ARE COMPLETE OR IN PROGRESS. THE GOVERNOR MENTIONED, WE HAVE PERSONNEL
FROM NINE STATES THAT IS ASSISTING WITH THE RESPONSE AND RIGHT NOW, IT’S ONLY 400 PEOPLE
THAT’S OUT-OF-STATE HERE HELPING. LAST POINT IS ANOTHER REMINDER OF THE PUBLIC
INFORMATION AFFAIR ON THE SCREEN. YOU CAN STILL CALL AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND ANY ISSUES. IT’S NOT A 9-1-1 NUMBER. LASTLY, STAY TUNED TO SCEND.ORG. IT’S GOT ALL KINDS OF GOOD LINKS TO KEEP YOU
CONNECTED. THE SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY MANAGER APP IS
ALSO ALIVE AND WORKING.>>Gov. McMaster: THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS FOR ANYONE?>>ANY IDEA OF THE BREAKDOWN FOR EVACUEES? HOW MANY WILL BE RETURNING —
>>I THINK I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE.>>IN THE NORTHERN CONGLOMERATE THERE WAS
PROBABLY ABOUT 200,000 PEOPLE THAT SHOULD HAVE EVACUATED.>>OVER 200.>>THAT IS THE GEORGETOWN AND HORRY. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAD THE EVACUATED NUMBER. IT’S CLOSE TO THE SAME NUMBER. IN THE COUNTIES THEY’VE INDICATED THAT THEY
HAVE PRETTY HIGH COMPLIANCE IN THE AREA FOR THAT. ANYTHING ELSE?>>CAN YOU EXPLAIN FOR THOSE AREAS WHERE YOU
LIFTED THE EVACUATION?>>YES. OF COURSE, AS WE KNOW, THIS IS A HURRICANE
EVENT FOLLOWED BY FLOOD EVENT. ALL OF THE DECISIONS THAT YOU HAVE HEARD ANNOUNCED WERE MADE WERE WE CLOSE CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS WITH THE MUNICIPAL
AND COUNTY OFFICIALS. STATE LEGISLATURES AS WELL AS THE US SENATORS
AND CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATIONS. IT’S BEEN A FULL TEAM EFFORT BY SOUTH CAROLINA
WITH THE HELP OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE ADMINISTRATION. EVERYTHING IS THAT ALL THE TALENT AND RESOURCES THAT ARE OUT THERE HAVE BEEN ON THIS.>>ARE THERE GOING TO BE DISASTER PLANS AVAILABLE?>>YES, MA’AM. HE HAS SAID TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO SEE
THE EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE. MR. WILSON?>>THANK YOU, GOVERNOR. AS YOU RELATES TO DAMS THAT THE STATE REGULATES – KEEP IN MIND, THE STATE REGULATE DOES NOT REGULATE LAKE DAMS. THEY ARE REGULATED BY THE FEDERAL COMMISSION. FOR THOSE MIDDLE SIZED BANDS THAT DHEC
REGULATES, WE DO NOT HAVE ANY CONCERN AT THIS POINT BUT WE CONTINUE TO EVALUATE BASED ON
DATA PROVIDED BY THE DNR AND OUR OWN IN-HOUSE EXPERTS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE NOTE THAT THIS YEAR
LARGE UTILITIES ARE PROACTIVE. THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS THRU THE MIDLANDS OF THE STATE, THAT WE HAVE TRADITION OF SEEING MODERATE FLOODING. LARGE UTILITIES WERE AHEAD OF THE GAME THIS
YEAR RELEASING WATER AHEAD OF THE HEAVY RAINFALL. THE LAKES COULD HOLD WATER. LETTING WATER GO AHEAD OF TIME – IT SERVES
AS A HOLDING POT FOR RAINWATER.>>MR. WILSON?>>THANK YOU. A FOLLOW-UP ON THE OTHER DAMS AS WELL. THE RAINS ARE CONTINUING. THAT’S WHY WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT SURVEILLANCE WITH HELP FROM THE STATE GUARD. AS WE KEEP HEARING THE RAINS ARE STILL HAPPENING AND WE STILL WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE DAMS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. PERSONALLY ASKING TO EXPEDITE THE FUNDS.>>HE HAS OFFERED TO EXPEDITE EVERYTHING THAT
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN DO. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE MUCH ATTENTION AND COMMUNICATION WITH EVERY OFFICIAL REPEATEDLY.>>EVERY PROBLEM WE HAVE HAS BEEN COVERED. EVERY PROBLEM WE HAVE IN CONTINGENCY HAS BEEN ADDRESSED.>>IT’S EVACUATION ORDERS.>>IT’S THE FLOODING. AS WE HAVE KNOWN FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,
THERE’S A STORM TURNING INTO A HURRICANE AND IT CAME ASHORE AND AS YOU’VE SEEN ON TELEVISION, THE GRAPHICS OF ALL THE RAIN IN NORTH CAROLINA FALLING. AS WELL AS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. RECORD AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL MEASURED IN FEET
IN SOME PLACES AND NOT INCHES. SOME OF THOSE RIVERS IN NORTH CAROLINA FLOW
INTO SOUTH CAROLINA. NOT ONLY ARE THOSE RIVERS SWELLING BASED ON
THE WATER FALLING ON SOUTH CAROLINA BUT WE ARE HAVING WATER FROM NORTH CAROLINA AS WELL. SAME THING ACROSS THE STATE. THAT IS WHAT IS BRINGING THE POSSIBILITY OR
ACTUALITY OF FLOODING IN THOSE AREAS. MORE SO IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE.>>YOU ARE LOOKING FOR DETAILS ON PRE-FLOODWATER.>>YES, THANK YOU. SO, THE TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING VERY HARD IN
THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. AS I MENTIONED YESTERDAY, A LOT OF ANALYSIS
BEING DONE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND NATURAL GUARD. IT’S A LOOKING AT ACTUAL RAIN DATA. USING UPPER TO PROJECT AND HELP PLAN FOR WHICH ROADS WILL OVERTOP IT. WE TAKE THE DATA AND COMPARE IT TO THE ROADWAY DATA LOOK AT THE BRIDGE ELEVATION AND LOOK AT THE CAUSEWAY OR THE ROAD LEADING UP TO
THE BRIDGE AND STUDY ALL OF THOSE ITEMS TO DETERMINE WHERE THE ROAD COULD OVERTOP. BASED ON THE DATA TO US, AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE PREDICTED THAT 378 AT LINCOLN’S RIVER, WITHOUT SOME ACTION ON OUR PART COULD POTENTIALLY OVERTOP BY 1 FOOT. THE CAUSEWAY ITSELF. SO, IN ORDER TO PROTECT THAT AND ENSURE THAT
TO MOVE PEOPLE BACK AND FORTH WE WILL CONSTRUCT 1 MILE IN LENGTH WITH A FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURE. YOU MOVE INTO 501 BYPASS AND CONWAY. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IN THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO GET ALL THIS MATERIALS
RESOURCE. THEY WILL PULL SAND IN THE COUNTY IS VERY
MUCH ENGAGED. THE MATERIALS ON-SITE AND MATERIALS ARE CURRENTLY MOVING AND EXPECTING TO HAVE THE FIRST DELIVERIES ON SITE THIS AFTERNOON LATE THIS AFTERNOON. WITH A PUSH ON MONDAY, IT’S IN ORDER TO MAKE
SURE BOTH OF THOSE PROTECTIVE DEVICES ARE IN PLACE. IT’S A LOT OF DIFFERENT TEAM MEMBERS. TO MAKE IT HAPPENED INCLUDING THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT TOMORROW SO WE ARE READY AND PREPARED. THANK YOU.>>ANY TIME FRAME ON WHEN THE EVACUATIONS
WILL HAPPEN. [SPEAKING AWAY FROM MICROPHONE]
>>Gov. McMaster: IT DEPENDS ON THE FACTS. THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE FACTS AND THE
DATA OF AUTHORITIES AS WELL AS OTHERS. WOULD YOU SAY BEING ON THE ROADWAYS IS GAMBLING WITH YOUR LIFE.>>Gov. McMaster: ANYTIME YOU HAVE A STORM
OR A HURRICANE OR A FLOOD OR JUST HIGH WATER IT’S ALWAYS THAT YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL. EVEN IF THERE’S NOT EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS. WE MUST ALWAYS BE VERY CAREFUL. [INAUDIBLE QUESTION] THERE HAVE NOT BEEN. LIKE I SAID, I TALKED TO ALL THE SHERIFFS IN THE REGION YESTERDAY. THEY HAVE HAD NO CONCERN IN REGARDS TO THAT. AGAIN, WE WILL BE OUT IN FORCE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT PROTECTING THESE AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN EVACUATED. [INAUDIBLE QUESTION] — CURFEW? THERE ARE — ADDED FROM YESTERDAY. I THINK I HAVE THEM HERE. WE HAVE CURFEWS NOW. HORRY, GEORGETOWN. AGAIN, THE TOWN OF ANDREWS, COLLERTON — IS DONE. MARION COUNTY. DILLON COUNTY. FLORENCE COUNTY. CHESTERFIELD COUNTY. DARLINGTON COUNTY, MARBLE COUNTY AND WILLIAMSBURG COUNTY. WE HAVE CURFEWS IN THOSE AREAS. OUT AFTER 6:00 OR —
>>TIMES ARE DIFFERENT. TIMES ARE 7:00 – 8:00. SOME OF THEM ARE 6:00 – 6:00 AM.>>Gov. McMaster: OTHER QUESTIONS? YOU ALL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AGAIN, HEARTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF MISS AMBER DAWN LEE. WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

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