Hurricane season began June 1 and Governor Mark Sanford says all residents must be diligent across the state.
In the midst of hurricane season, the governor made three stops on the coast Monday. While at the stop in Charleston, Sanford said Charleston County may be the most prepared in the state, due to the county’s experience with Hurricane Hugo 20 years ago.
Although hurricanes do not have as big of an impact in the Upstate as they do the coast, Hurricane Hugo is a prime example as residents as far up as Charlotte were effected by the Category 4 storm and the tornadoes it spawned. If another hurricane were to hit the state, Sanford says Midland and Upstate residents should be on the lookout to help coastal residents when the time comes.
“I don’t think there will be that much of an impact as you go to Greenville or Spartanburg with regard to traffic, but there could be an impact with regards to your chance to be a good Samaritan and help out somebody to help out somebody who’s been less fortunate than you are based on the chance of a storm hitting the coast. So, I don’t think there will be a lot of negative consequences, but there may be a lot of chances to help somebody out in the end,” says Sanford.
The end of Hurricane season is November 30.
Photo taken by M. Brown