South Carolina residents should continue to monitor Hurricane Ian as it approaches the southeast United States. As of Monday, forecasters believe Ian could bring tropical storm force winds, heavy rainfall and isolated tornadoes to South Carolina at the end of the week. As a result of the storm’s projected movement, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division has notified key local and state agencies to be ready to respond if the need arises.
People in potentially vulnerable areas should review their plans and consider actions they will need to take if the storm threatens the state. Everyone should monitor the storm via local news media and follow updates from the National Hurricane Center, especially people in low-lying areas throughout the state and along the South Carolina coast.
“Much of what South Carolina experiences will depend on where and when Hurricane Ian does makes landfall,” SCEMD Director Kim Stenson said, “While we are not expecting the full force of a hurricane-strength storm, everyone in South Carolina, from the Upstate to the Midlands, the Pee Dee and the Lowcountry should be prepared to take personal safety precautions if advised to do so by your local emergency managers.”
SCEMD has several resources available for people to prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms, including the state’s online, interactive hurricane guide at hurricane.sc.
Anyone can use the SC Emergency Manager mobile app to Know Your Zone, to build a personal emergency plan, to find emergency shelter locations and to stay connected with loved one. The SC Emergency Manager is available in the App Store and on Google Play: http://onelink.to/dn92rx.
The official 2022 S.C. Hurricane Guide is also available in English and Spanish at scemd.org.