US weather: South Carolina enters state of emergency as storm looms – 'Stay off roads'

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On Wednesday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, 74, issued an executive order around 6 PM and made the announcement. Mr McMaster, who has served as the 117th governor of South Carolina since 2017, has urged all residents to monitor local weather updates as well as abide by safety precautions as the storm sweeps through the state.

He tweeted to his 74.3 thousand followers: “South Carolina is expected to experience winter storm weather again this week.

“Those in potentially impacted areas should begin safety preparations now.

“Please check your local forecasts and stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary once the storm begins.”

By triggering the state of emergency, all government resources will become fully available as a response to the storm.

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The winter storm watch has been issued for areas of the Lowcountry from 4:00 PM Friday to 10.00 AM Saturday.

Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties are under watch, as well as certain parts of Colleton, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties.

The NWS has forecasted certain areas in the state could see ice accumulations between 0.20 to 0.40 inches.

The NWS advises residents to stay off the roads for unnecessary travel during the storm but if travel is necessary to ensure the vehicle is in good condition.

Residents are also urged to monitor local media for information about warming shelters opened by local organisations and keep alternative heating sources prepared.

People are advised to check up on vulnerable neighbours and anyone who may need extra help during the icy weather.

 



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