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Eye on the storm

Posted: August 25, 2011 3:14 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2011 5:00 a.m.
Michael Ulmer/C-I

Gene Faulkenberry, director of emergency management for Kershaw County, monitors the movements of Hurricane Irene on his department’s maps and instruments at the Kershaw County Government Center. The equipment Faulkenberry uses can designate specific roads in the county where storms might be located. “If the fire department is out moving trees or is trying to assist people and I can see more storms coming, I can get on the radios here and tell them what I’m seeing,” Faulkenberry said. “Every time I get an update, I can send alerts out to places like hospitals and schools so they can start planning.” Weather reports Thursday indicated it was unlikely South Carolina would be heavily hit by the storm, but Faulkenberry said he would continue to watch updates from the S.C. Emergency Management Division and National Hurricane Center.   

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