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SC State Guard conducts preparedness drill as hurricane season begins

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Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 12:21 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The S.C. State Guard conducted a “Hurricane Preparedness Exercise” June 5 during the first week of South Carolina’s hurricane season.

The exercise simulated a CAT 3 hurricane making landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach while a Tropical Storm, the remnants of a Gulf of Mexico CAT 4 hurricane, threatens the state as well.

Gov. Henry McMaster expressed his confidence in emergency management in a press conference on June 4.

“We are well prepared and well experienced,” he said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season.

The prediction also calls for a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.

Throughout the year, members of the State Guard train to prepare for any natural or man-made disaster that may hit our state.

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