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Newberry County Sheriff's Office
Saturday September 15th, 2018 :: 11:37 a.m. EDT


Florence is slowly moving toward Newberry County. Some changes to report.

Now Tropical Storm Florence is still near Myrtle Beach/Georgetown County area slowly tracking toward the West. The current track has been predicted to move further South than last night. The track will take the center of the storm over western Newberry County and near the Saluda River Basin.

Due to a very slow forward movement of near 5 mph, the storm will be near the Lexington/Newberry County line at approximately 2am Sunday morning. Predictions have it passing through Silverstreet and then exiting the County in the Kinards area at approximately 8am Sunday. Gusts near 40 mph can be expected during this time and periods of heavy rain can be expected throughout Saturday and into Sunday. The slow forward motion is not necessarily a bad thing for our County, but not good news for the coastal regions.

Sporadic power outages can occur due to winds and falling limbs/trees. We have had a gust recorded at 30 mph today with current gusts at 22 mph. Forecast gusts are for 36-40 mph. Sustained winds are at 10 mph. Those driving should be aware of falling trees/limbs and debris, especially during evening and night. If a tree has fallen, DO NOT try to remove the tree unless there is certainty no power lines are imbedded. If encountering downed power lines, DO NOT touch or come near as the ground may be energized.

This is a tropical event. Rain and wind will come in bands. There will be heavy rains at times then taper off until another band comes through. Rain totals are forecasts for three to six inches of rain.

The fire and rescue squads have responded to assist with clearing of several trees. We currently are housing 153 residents from the Berkley County Disability and Special needs here in Newberry County.

Newberry County Emergency Management is not recommending any closures and is leaving that up to individual institutions and businesses based of the facts given. Institutions and businesses know their clientele best and should decide based on those factors what is best for them.

Governor McMaster has lifted the evacuation order for Charleston, Berkley, Dorchester, and Colleton Counties. The evacuation order is still in effect for the Grand Strand area. Traffic along the I 26 corridor and associated exits will see higher than usual traffic as people head back home.

Although the storm has degraded over previous predictions and has slowed down, precautions should be maintained. There will be gusty winds and periods of heavy rains. Rains can cause ponding on roads and create hazardous driving conditions. Careful driving should be observed for debris and trees that may fall.

More to follow...…..

Newberry County Sheriff's Office
520 Wilson Road
Newberry, SC 29108

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 803-321-2211

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