Wednesday brought bad news and good news about Hurricane Florence, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane expected to make landfall this weekend along the Carolinas' coast.
The bad news is the total rain forecast for the Upstate increased to 6-10 inches.
"This hurricane is bringing some rain and water we have not seen before -- likely more rain than we saw in Hugo (in 1989) or other hurricanes," S.C. Gov.
The good news is by Monday night the remnants of
In the meantime, expect heavy rain and gusty winds from
"A County State of Emergency Proclamation is issued if an event has the potential of depleting emergency services, or has the potential of causing a disruption to local government that could put the public in danger,"
The forecast for
There is a chance for isolated tornadoes as the remnants of
The chances of rain decrease Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Area high schools have moved up their Friday night football games to Thursday night because of the storm.
A place to stay
"It's starting to get closer," he said of the storm. "So far we haven't had anybody show up. We're just playing it by ear like everybody else."
Walters said the cold weather shelter can house up to 36 men, and the women's section up to 20 women and children.
"We are monitoring the path of the storm, and at this point we plan to raise the white flags at all four adult facilities,"
The shelters are at
The Palmetto region of the
"Of course that could change as the storm's pattern continues to shift," he said.
Getting ready for it
At the Beacon Drive-In in
"Water, too, 7-Up and Pepsi," added
Parris said he hopes the rain holds off until after his golf tournament at Village Greens in
"I guess we'll get a lot of rain out of it," he said.
Despite forecasts of potential flooding,
"I'm hunkered down," he chuckled. "I need to keep my weight down."
"Customers have been buying sand, tarps and generators," Lowe's Assistant Manager
Evans said business is likely to pick up even more later in the week as people become more aware of the storm's track.
"I am a little nervous," she said. "There's no telling how bad it's going to be."
Laboard was in
Storm preparations are expected to begin in
"We will rergoup and start working on our plans," Bryson said.
The storm could create up to 3 million power outages to the Carolinas, according to Duke Energy.
"The magnitude of the storm is beyond what we have seen in years,"
"We have approximately 40 electric department personnel that are able to respond to power outages," Greer CPW spokeswoman
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