South Carolina should be prepared for Hurricane Irene–says State Emergency Management Division chief spokesman Joe Farmer.
“We don’t want people to overreact at this point, but the storm is about 350 miles wide. It has become a Category 2 hurricane, that’s Category 2 out of 5 And, right now a track moves it in South Carolina’s direction,” says Farmer.
Farmer says, at this point, South Carolinians need to–
“Pay attention to that storm–Hurricane Irene. Remember that a storm coming to South Carolina is not just a coastal event. That storm, should it come this way, would have ramifications inland all the way through this small state of ours. So, we do want people to pay attention to it,” says Farmer.
Farmer says every family and business in South Carolina needs a family plan–in case disaster strikes. And, for those on the coast–
“You need to know the evacuation route. We’re not suggesting that any evacuations of any kind are in order at this time. We are suggesting; however, that people are paying attention to this storm,” says Farmer.
As for the direct path Irene will take, Farmer says they might not know until the eleventh hour.
“We don’t know what the storm is going to do until the storm does it. We rely on the National Hurricane Center, and they rely on computer generated models. And, those models right now show the storm skirting our coast and then moving northward,” says Farmer.
And, although the storm took a slight turn toward North Carolina, Farmer says that doesn’t count out South Carolina.
“We want people to recognize that even if the storm does not come directly to the state it may have some effects on us one way or another,” says Farmer.
Farmer says it is just too early to tell what Hurricane Irene will do, so the state EMD is just asking residents to be aware and stay tuned to what will happen.