Georgia tornado

This photo provided by Greg Martin shows a funnel cloud in Byron, Ga., Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina emergency officials are getting ready to mark severe weather awareness week.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division is joining with the National Weather Service starting Sunday to remind people about the dangers of tornadoes and flooding.

They are encouraging people to buy weather radios or have other means to get severe weather warnings.

Officials will hold a statewide tornado drill at 9 a.m. Wednesday so school, public buildings and businesses can test their tornado plans.

South Carolina has seen three major floods in the past four years and just last weekend, four tornadoes touched down in Abbeville, Edgefield, Lexington and Richland counties.

The Carolina Alley that runs from northeastern South Carolina into North Carolina near the I-95 corridor is the fourth-most active tornado area in the country.

The worst tornado outbreak in North Carolina history happened along Carolina Alley in April 2011. Thirty tornadoes were reported in the state that day leading to 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

South Carolina sees an average of 26 tornadoes per year, according to the South Carolina State Climatology Office.

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