Meteorologists are forecasting that Hurricane Florence, which is headed for South Carolina, may be a Category 4 storm. This category generally brings winds of up to 130 mph, which could be potentially catastrophic for residents.  The hurricane is slated to reach South Carolina on Thursday, so in preparation, the governor has already ordered schools to be closed as of Tuesday until Friday in Coastal Counties to use them as shelters for residents who may be evacuated. Some school districts do remain open including those in Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry, and Saluda Counties, but you may want to check with your county, municipality, or local news outlets for more information about school closings and other updates.

Governor McMaster declared a state of emergency due to the approach of Tropical Storm Florence, which has been upgraded to Hurricane Florence. The best way to stay safe when a hurricane hits your area is to be prepared and be smart about keeping your family protected from the possibly devastating results of the storm.

How to Prepare for the Hurricane

First, you must be aware of your Hurricane Evacuation zone and realize that you may need to evacuate your premises depending on the severity of the storm. Go shopping for the appropriate supplies in case you must vacate your home. Next, make sure you keep your vehicles fueled up and packed with essentials and other supplies as well as important personal documents you may need. Decide how to protect your pets if you need to leave your home. Most of all, stay calm and remember to be prepared and heed protocol for evacuations.

Stay safe during the hurricane and keep updated on the storm through the National Weather Service. For more information, contact our South Carolina personal injury lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden, P.A. at 803-929-3600 or 866-881-8623 or contact us online. Our practice serves clients throughout South Carolina from our six office locations in Columbia, Charleston, Rock Hill, Aiken, Florence, and Sumter.