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Tropical Storm Florence Local Statement Advisory Number 66
National Weather Service Columbia SC  AL062018
510 PM EDT Sat Sep 15 2018

This product covers the Midlands of central South Carolina and east central Georgia CSRA

**Florence has weakened and Tropical Storm Warnings have been Cancelled** 


NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 40 miles southeast of Sumter SC
    - 33.6N 79.9W
    - Storm Intensity 45 mph
    - Movement West or 270 degrees at 2 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Tropical Storm Florence will continue to weaken as it moves slowly
west-northwest across the Midlands tonight into Sunday. Wind gusts
will likely remain below Tropical Storm force as Florence moves
inland. Therefore, the Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued
for the region. The latest information indicates that the greatest
impacts across the forecast area will be the potential for heavy rain
overnight into Sunday across the northern Midlands, Pee Dee, and
Catawba regions. In those regions, rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches
may occur with locally higher amounts near the North Carolina/South
Carolina border. Totals of 3 to 5 inches may still occur near Columbia
with lighter amounts to the south. The main life- threatening risk is
heavy rain and associated flooding. Flash Flood Watches remain in
effect for northern portion of central South Carolina with the
potential for dangerous flash flooding in the Pee Dee region. Winds
will continue to diminish through Sunday, however there will be a risk
of isolated tornadoes late tonight and Sunday mainly across the north
Midlands and Pee Dee. Major river flooding on some of the area river
is possible by early next week. 

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Additional impacts from flooding rain are still a concern across the 
northern Midlands and Pee Dee. Remain well guarded against 
life-threatening flood waters having further impacts of devastating 
potential.

Additional impacts from flooding rain are still a concern across 
the central Midlands. Remain well guarded against life-threatening
flood waters having further impacts of limited to extensive potential.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
RECOVERY PHASE - Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have 
given the all clear to return.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chainsaws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roofs or power lines can 
be especially dangerous. If you are not in good health or unsure 
about what you are doing, have someone with tree cutting experience 
do the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

Be alert for any lingering wind gusts which could take down weakened 
trees and/or power lines, collapse damaged structures, or cause 
flying debris.

Be alert for potential flooding from rising rivers and streams which 
may have yet to crest. Remain informed of the latest river forecasts 
and heed any flood watches and warnings.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information from the state of South Carolina see scemd.org
- For information from the state of Georgia see gema.ga.gov

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Columbia SC regarding the 
effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

$$