Update September 14, 2018 6:15 p.m.
A conference call was held at 5:30 p.m. to discuss preparations for Hurricane Florence, which is now classified as a Tropical Storm. It currently sits 25 miles west of Myrtle Beach, with maximum winds of 70 mph.
In York County, we can expect conditions to worsen starting overnight tonight. On Saturday and Sunday wind speed projections are 25 mph sustained with 39 mph gusts. Winds should begin to diminish late Sunday. The forecast is for 10 inches of rain, but the storm system is still changing, so as it progresses, it’s possible the Charlotte region could see 15 inches of rain. We’re currently under a flash flood watch.
Utility crews began responding to calls for power outages this morning, and Red Cross shelters opened at noon. Potential impacts for our area are saturated ground, localized flooding, trees down, and power outages.
We want to remind citizens of the following:
- York County Emergency Management does not provide sandbags for public use. Residents and businesses can purchase sandbags from local hardware stores or landscape companies.
- Those interested in volunteering can visit www.volunteersc.org.
- Red Cross shelters and pet shelter opened at noon today. Details available at https://www.yorkcountygov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=110
- Call the Public Advisory Line at 803-325-2400 for information.
- Power outages should be reported to your power provider.
Report outage online at https://www.duke-energy.com/outages
Call 800-POWERON (800-769-3766)
If you experience a power outage and have already checked your main breaker, please call PowerTouch: 1-866-374-1234
City of Rock Hill Utilities
Report outage online at www.cityofrockhill.com/outage or download City of Rock Hill mobile app.
- Check the York County website at https://www.yorkcountygov.com/ and social media for current information. Also, follow local news stations to stay informed.