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SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

 

As South Carolina residents and emergency responders prepare for Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina National Guard has mobilized approximately 1,600 Soldiers and Airmen to prepare, respond and participate in advance of this major hurricane projected to make landfall near the Carolinas and the East Coast.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Sept. 8, enabling the South Carolina National Guard to activate Guard members to get ready to support first responders and counties.

“We have Guard members preparing throughout the state, ready to meet the requests from our partnered agencies and emergency managers,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, the adjutant general for South Carolina. “We are well-positioned with people and as needs increase, we will activate additional Soldiers and Airmen.”

Although as of Monday afternoon, Hurricane Florence was a Category 3 hurricane (a storm with winds from 111-129 mph), according to projected models and forecasts, Florence was expected to intensify into a Category 4 hurricane (winds of 130-156 mph). The area of impacts include a wide swath of the eastern coastline, with the greatest impacts anticipated in South Carolina and North Carolina. There are many factors that could change the path and landfall location of Hurricane Florence, but the models agree its intensity is expected to increase. Read more

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SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence

SC Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence