Chesterfield County Emergency Management officials are preparing for Tuesday’s severe weather.
The county has moved to OPCON2 status for the Emergency Operations Center.
Chad Arant, emergency management director for the county, said, “OPCON2 is enhanced awareness, which means a disaster or emergency is likely to affect our county, and we implemented our emergency operations plans that we train for every day. We are partially activated.”
The normal day-to-day operation for the county is an OPCON3 three.
Chesterfield County will close all public buildings today at 1 p.m. including the county Convenience Centers in anticipation of the approaching storm.
Arant said the weather was still on par, exactly like they called it on Monday.
“There’s a strong line running up from Alabama up to Atlanta that they’re anticipating to get to Chesterfield County between one o’clock and five o’clock that we’re the most concerned about,” he said.
Officials said there will be sustained winds of 35 to 45 miles an hour and the potential for wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour until sunset.
Other key messages from the National Weather Service briefing included:
-winds increase Tuesday morning with peak gusts exceeding 45 mph this afternoon.
-A line of storms move into the area Tuesday afternoon with the potential for significant severe weather.
-Flash flooding risk is low overall.
-River flooding is expected mid to late week along parts of the Pee Dee, Congaree, and Wateree.
-Tree limbs could be blown down, resulting in a few power outages.
Arant said the county officials are trying to decide if county offices will close early.
Marlboro County has already decided to close their county offices at 12.
Arant said they will put all of their updates on the Chesterfield SC Emergency Management Facebook page. Officials have had people calling about court and for information about the storm.
They have put numbers for utility and water companies and emergency management on the page.
“We don’t need them tying up our 911 lines with reporting damages,” he said.
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