Friday, September 7, 2018

With Florence still far off, Charleston officials make initial preparations for severe weather

Experts expect Florence to strengthen over the weekend

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Tropical Storm Florence is still many days away from affecting anyone on the East Coast, but in Charleston, city and county officials are making initial preparations in case of severe weather.

Charleston County said Friday afternoon that the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center was moving to OPCON 4. This initial preparation level indicates that local officials believe there is a possibility for severe weather that may require a higher level of emergency response. The City of Charleston followed suit, indicating that they were also taking steps to prepare. For more info on the different OPCON levels, check out

City of Charleston's Emergency Management Director, Shannon Scaff: "While it is still too soon to know exactly what the impact of the storm may be for our area, it is not too soon to begin preparations for yourself and your family. Residents are encouraged to begin those preparations, including gathering emergency supplies, becoming familiar with evacuation routes and coordinating with family members."

Tropical Storm Florence is currently churning in open waters due east of Miami with little effect to land right now. But experts say they expect the storm to continue to intensify over the next few days, possibly increasing the threat to the Southeast coast.

As of its 11 a.m. update, the National Hurricane Center predicted that the earliest that tropical storm-force winds could reach near the S.C. coast would be Tuesday evening.

Charleston County advises residents to download its 2018 Hurricane Preparedness Guide PDF.

City of Charleston provides some of its own storm updates online as well.

And the S.C. Emergency Management Division has comprehensive emergency prep info.

The National Hurricane Center also has periodic updates everyday.

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The Agenda: Nikki Haley denies she penned NY Times op-ed; Prosecutor wants to unseal Statehouse corruption report

Mt. P. councilman apologizes for slur against constituent

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 11:08 AM

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is one of the top Trump administration officials questioned about an anonymous NYT op-ed this week - U.N. PHOTO
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  • U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is one of the top Trump administration officials questioned about an anonymous NYT op-ed this week

Former governor and current U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has denied that she was the author behind the anonymous anti-Trump op-ed published in the New York Times this week. A Canadian betting site had placed her odds of being the author at 10-to-1, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions being the favorite at odds of 5-to-2. Source: The State

In an effort to enhance accessibility, they say, the Gibbes has created a 3D printed relief version of one of their paintings, "Mrs. Robert Gilmour, Jr.," that can be touched. The display will also have ways to help the viewer (or the feeler) interact with and understand the artwork, which is displayed on the museum's first floor. Source: P&C

Mount Pleasant Councilman Kevin Cunnane has issued an apology after getting in an internet fight with a constituent and calling him a vulgar four letter expletive in a private message. (The suspected expletive, used as a slur against women, rhymes with runt.) Source: P&C

Solicitor David Pascoe, the special prosecutor investigating Statehouse corruption, has asked a judge to release a secret Grand Jury report on his findings, arguing that releasing the report is the best way to combat corruption. Four Republican politicians have plead guilty so far. Source: New York Times / AP

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