Warning issued

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Tropical Storm Warning issued September 14 at 11:02AM EDT by NWS Columbia SC

Areas Affected: Lancaster

A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are

expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

– Elgin

– Lancaster

* WIND

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Tropical storm force winds remain

possible

– Peak Wind Forecast: 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 58 to

73 mph

– The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

– PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical

storm force due to possible forecast changes in track,

size, or intensity.

– PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property

should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for

significant wind damage.

– ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant

– Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with

damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few

buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door

failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored.

Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles.

– Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater

numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several

fences and roadway signs blown over.

– Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within

urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways,

and access routes impassable.

– Scattered power and communications outages, but more

prevalent in areas with above ground lines.

* FLOODING RAIN

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

– Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 10-15 inches, with

locally higher amounts

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for major

flooding rain

– The flooding rain threat has decreased from the previous

assessment.

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for

major flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are

likely.

– PREPARE: Strongly consider protective actions, especially

if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding.

– ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take

action will likely result in serious injury or loss of life.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Extensive

– Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and

rescues.

– Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in

multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, arroyos,

and ditches may become dangerous rivers. In mountain areas,

destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys while

increasing susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides.

Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed.

– Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple

communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or

washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover

escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of

moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions

become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some

weakened or washed out.

* TORNADO

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST:

– Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for a few

tornadoes

– The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

– PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a

few tornadoes.

– PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to

tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before

hazardous weather arrives.

– ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter

quickly.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

– The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the

execution of emergency plans during tropical events.

– A few places may experience tornado damage, along with

power and communications disruptions.

– Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings,

chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or

overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off,

shallow-rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown

off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://weather.gov/cae

http://ready.gov/hurricanes



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