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Storm season

Posted: August 28, 2017 2:34 p.m.
Updated: August 29, 2017 1:00 a.m.

Hurricane season is in full force, a fact brought home by the recent -- and continuing -- pummeling Texas has received from a monstrous storm named Harvey, which first made landfall as a devastating Category 4 storm, and is still pouring rain several days later. 

It doesn’t seem that long ago that another nasty bruiser of a storm named Hugo was pounding its way through South Carolina, even right through Kershaw County. One can still see, more than a quarter of a century later, some of the lasting marks that storm made here.

As always, our thoughts and prayers are with the people dealing with this disaster. As we know from experience, all the planning in the world does not fully prepare anyone for the reality of the situation, but good planning -- and common sense -- go a long way in these situations.

Even now, there is a storm in the Atlantic and portions of our coast may see some dangerous conditions develop over the next couple of days. As always, there’s the chance we could see a very dangerous storm come our way before the season is over -- remember, Hugo, the Historic Floods of 2015 and Hurricane Matthew all occurred in October.

So, we caution everyone to be aware and be prepared. If we do have a situation occur, please pay attention to emergency preparedness officials, make emergency preparations for you and your family and above all, use good sense.

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