Relief Storms into Florida Amidst Hurricane Ians Devastation

Though the initial Category 4 hurricane sweeping the southwestern coast has been downgraded to a Category 1 as of Thursday morning, Ian is still wreaking havoc in the lives of Floridians, with rainy repercussions expected to ripple out to neighboring states and along the east coast.

As federal and state relief teams mobilize meals, hospitals, generators, and the like, leaders warn that the situation at hand is no joking matter. “This could be the deadliest storm in Florida history. The numbers we have are still unclear, but we’re hearing early reports of what may be substantial loss of life,” President Joe Biden said of the declared tropical disaster at a FEMA press briefing this afternoon. The state’s governor, Ron DeSantis (R), emphasized the devastating effect of the situation, stating in Thursday’s press conference that, “The impacts of this storm are historic, and the damage that was done has been historic.”

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WASHINGTON – Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict a life-threatening storm surge and flash flooding could occur along portions of North and South Carolina with Hurricane Florence’s landfall.

Several mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were ordered Monday and Tuesday along the east coast.

“If you are told to evacuate and do not do so, you need to realize you are putting your life in danger,” said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. “This storm is not to be taken lightly. The entire states of North and South Carolina could be heavily impacted by this storm. People do not live to tell the tale of surviving storm surge.  It’s the most deadly part of the hurricane that comes in and it causes the most destruction.”

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Greenville County Schools will make the following schedule changes because of predicted tropical storm force winds associated with Hurricane Florence.

  • All sub-varsity athletic events will be cancelled or played tonight, Wednesday, September 12.
  • All varsity athletic events, in and out of district, will be held on Thursday evening with a preferred start time of 6:30pm, but no later than 7pm.
  • After-school and evening events planned for Friday will be permitted, but must conclude by 7pm.
  • Weekend events including a districtwide high school band exhibition and athletic tournaments are cancelled.
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Evacuation Order Remains in Effect for Edisto Beach and all Central and Northern Coastal Counties

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Residents in the southern most parts of South Carolina no longer need to evacuate due to Hurricane Florence. Due to updated predictions from the National Hurricane Center, Governor Henry McMaster, in coordination with state and local officials, has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for zones in Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, with the exception of Edisto Beach.

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Governor Also Issues Executive Order Closing Specific Schools and State Government Offices to Ease Traffic 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Governor Henry McMaster, in coordination with local officials, has issued Executive Order 2018-29, which orders the evacuation of coastal South Carolina residents for their personal safety as Hurricane Florence approaches. Residents in all hurricane evacuation zones must evacuate beginning no later than NOON TUESDAY, SEPT. 11.

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Columbia, S.C. – Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant is urging South Carolinians, especially those along the coast and in evacuation zones, to prepare for Hurricane Florence immediately. While the exact path of Florence remains uncertain, the probability of it severely impacting South Carolina grows by the hour.

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