McMaster, state emergency leaders on Hurricane Ian impacts: ‘We are fully prepared’

Published: Sep. 27, 2022 at 12:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 5:42 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) - Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by state emergency management leaders on Tuesday afternoon to talk about Hurricane Ian and its impacts on South Carolina.

Hurricane Ian made landfall on Tuesday morning in Cuba as a Category 3 hurricane and then moved out into the Gulf of Mexico where it is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane before it hits Florida.

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Once it moves through Florida, Ian will start to rapidly weaken as it passes into southern Georgia and the central or western Carolinas from Friday through Sunday.

Friday and Saturday are First Alert Weather Days as remnants of Ian will bring nasty weather for the start of the weekend.

“We are fully prepared,” said McMaster during the news conference.

He said the state is closely monitoring the storm and working closely with emergency managers on the local level.

Ken Stenson, the director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, said his team started conducting daily coordination calls with local emergency management divisions to identify any possible issues and unmet needs. Stenson said as of right now there are no unmet needs but there is a logistics system in place should the need arise.

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He added that this storm is not just a coastal event and impacts will be felt throughout South Carolina. With that being said, Stenson did state that people living in low-lying or coastal areas should have a plan in place before the storm hits.

Office of Regulatory Staff Executive Director Nanette Edwards said that utility crews are anticipating some sporadic outages due to Hurricane Ian’s impacts. She said that there are also utility crews from other states that are on standby in case they are needed in South Carolina or other states that are impacted by the storm.

As for fuel supplies, Edwards said that South Carolina is in good shape.

During the news conference, McMaster and leaders echoed the same sentiment and that is to be prepared and review your safety plans that you have in place for hurricanes and tropical storms. They said don’t focus on the category of the hurricane, but the forecast and the impact.