South Carolina Preparing for 12 Inches of Snow and Ice
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Feb 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
On Tuesday sleet rained down in upstate South Carolina while emergency and utility officials prepared for 12 inches of snow on Wednesday.
Schools in Greenville, Pickens and Laurens counties closed as did Clemson University, Furman University, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Tech.
Although snow is primarily expected, the areas around Florence and Sumter will be getting more ice which could lead to power outage problems. By early Wednesday morning Duke Energy had received more than 150 reports of power outages; the outages were back online by mid-afternoon.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol did not receive many reports of problems on the road Tuesday but did urge people to stay home all day Wednesday. Governor Haley declared a state of emergency and activated an emergency operations plan to coordinate the state agencies response to the storm. The plan calls for sending officers from the State Law Enforcement Division and the Department of Natural Resources to assist the Highway Patrol in responding to trouble on the roads.
Additionally, the Department of Social Services, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army are standing by to operate shelters if need be.
The city of Greenville worked on clearing primary roads as well as clearing ice and snow from around schools. In total there were 22 high priority streets. Emergency services crews were ready to work long hours and have 27 ambulances staged around the county to reduce response times. Unfortunately though, with the bad weather comes increased response times and the county spokesman warned that response times could be up to an hour.
Emergency service personnel are encouraging family members and friends of those in need of medical equipment to check on them during the storm. The elderly or those with special medical needs should closely monitor forecasts and make plans for alternate arrangement should long power outages occur.