Gov. Henry McMaster urges Aiken residents to prepare for Hurricane Michael

Catastrophic storm surge and destructive winds is expected to continue as Michael moves inland

Gov. Henry McMaster urges Aiken residents to prepare for Hurricane Michael

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is urging residents to be prepared. He said residents will feel the effects of Michael - but it won’t impact us like Hurricane Florence did.

“Well, we always have to be prepared. It’s better to be prepared. We always hope for the best but prepare for the worst," said Governor McMaster.

Hurricane Michael is the first Category 4 storm to make landfall in the Florida panhandle. That same system is headed our way - and Aiken, South Carolina is expected to feel its wrath.

Governor McMaster said, “Some heavy rain, and some winds, up to 40 to 60 miles per hour...and there could be tornadoes.”

After Aiken County's Emergency Management team briefed the governor at the Aiken County Government Center, he said we'd be impacted with heavy rain and winds.

Flash flooding is possible - with two to six inches of rain in some places. Governor McMaster said the rain will be far less than what Florence dumped on the state.

He said emergency crews are ready for whatever happens.

“The South Carolina Team is working, alert, emergency management divisions are staffed, and communications are in full effect," said the governor.

He urges residents to stay alert and informed.

South Carolina Emergency Management Division is running 24-hour operations to assist local emergency agencies. CLICK HERE for information on how to create your own emergency plan.

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