Tropical Storm WARNING Update from FEMA

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Update: Tropical Storm Warning issued September 15 at 10:57AM EDT by NWS Columbia SC

Areas Affected: Lancaster

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED

– Elgin

– Lancaster

* WIND

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Below tropical storm force wind

– Peak Wind Forecast: 15-25 mph with gusts to 40 mph

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for wind 39 to

57 mph

– The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

– PLAN: Plan for hazardous wind of equivalent tropical storm

force due to possible forecast changes in track, size, or

intensity.

– PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect property should be

completed as soon as possible. Prepare for limited wind

damage.

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

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited

– Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored

mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.

– Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or

uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees

are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown

over.

– A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within

urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving

conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways.

– Scattered power and communications outages.

* FLOODING RAIN

– LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Flash Flood Watch is in effect

– Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 6-10 inches, with locally

higher amounts

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Potential for major

flooding rain

– The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady 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 unfavorable for tornadoes

– POTENTIAL THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY: Tornadoes not expected

– The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the

previous assessment.

– PLAN: Tornadoes are not expected. Showers and thunderstorms

with gusty winds may still occur.

– PREPARE: Little to no preparations needed to protect

against tornadoes at this time. Keep informed of the latest

tornado situation.

– ACT: Listen for changes in the forecast.

– POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Little to None

– Little to no potential impacts from tornadoes.

* FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://weather.gov/cae

http://ready.gov/hurricanes



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