Carolinas under state of emergency ahead of Ian impacts

Governor Henry McMaster announces that a state of emergency has been declared in South Carolina ahead of impacts from Hurricane Ian.
Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 3:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2022 at 4:48 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Governor Henry McMaster held a briefing on Wednesday as South Carolina braces for impacts from Hurricane Ian.

South Carolina falls in the “cone of uncertainty” for the storm, and the state could see heavy rain, damaging winds and possible severe weather Friday and into the weekend.

Governor McMaster declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, activating South Carolina’s emergency operations plan. However, the governor is not ordering any evacuations at this time.

“It’s still too early to know exactly how Hurricane Ian will affect South Carolina, but preparations at the state level are well underway, and this declaration of emergency is another step in that process,” McMaster said. “We do know we’ll see a lot of rain and significant storm surge on our coastline over the coming days – now is the time for each South Carolinian to make plans for every contingency and be prepared.”

Governor Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency in North Carolina.

“A State of Emergency is needed now so that farmers and those preparing for the storm can more quickly get ready for the heavy rain that is likely to fall in much of our state,” Cooper said. “North Carolinians should stay aware, keep a close eye on the forecast and prepare their emergency supplies.”

In his first briefing on the hurricane on Tuesday, Governor McMaster urged residents to get information from official sources and not from social media.

South Carolina Emergency Management is conducting daily coordination calls with local emergency management officials across the state to make sure counties are prepared.

Stay with FOX Carolina for updates on this developing story.

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