LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) — State leaders said they are prepared for any impacts from John later this week and are asking South Carolinians to do the same.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and other officials held a briefing Tuesday afternoon at the State Emergency Operations Center.
Governor McMaster said the state is ready.
“We have probably the most experienced team and great assets in our state,” he said.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida’s west coast soon. It is not yet clear what path it will take after reaching land. Still, officials say every part of South Carolina could be affected.
John Quagliariello of Colombia’s National Meteorological Service said: “Whether it stays inland or moves over the ocean, the impact will be largely the same. We will see flooding along the coast from the storm surge, we will have stronger winds and heavy rain. We shouldn’t focus on the exact track or intensity, but just focus on those impacts.”
The Office of Regulatory Personnel said power companies in South Carolina are preparing for some outages and have crews on site to help restore power if needed. They noted that there are no problems with fuel supply.
State officials say they will be keeping a close eye on Ian in the coming days. Governor McMaster said, “We encourage everyone to continue with business as usual. But prepare for the worst. Let’s hope for the best. But get ready.”
At the moment, according to the governor, no decisions on evacuation or any orders have been made.
Head to hurricane.sc for this year’s Hurricane Guide from the state Division of Emergency Management.
You can watch Governor McMaster’s entire press conference below: