Gov discusses hurricane safety in tour of SC coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Sanford is touring the coast to discuss hurricane preparedness.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4
storm that smashed into Charleston in 1989.

This image provided by NOAA taken at 11:45 p.m. EDT Saturday Sept. 6, 2008 shows Hurricane Ike over the Turks and Caicos. At 200 a.m. EDT the large eye of hurricane ike was located over the Turks iand Caicos Islands and about 115 miles east of Great Inagua Island in the southeastern Bahamas. Ike is moving on a motion just south of due west near 15 mph. A west to west-southwest motion is expected to continue today with a turn toward the west-northwest expected on Monday. On this track the core of the hurricane will move over or near the southeastern Bahamas this morning and move near or over eastern Cuba tonight and early Monday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 135 mph with higher gusts. Ike is an extremely dangerous Category Four Hurricane according to forecasters. Some strengthening is possible before Ike moves over eastern Cuba. (AP Photo/NOAA)

June 16, 2009

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford
has told coastal residents that state and local governments are
prepared to deal with hurricanes but people must do their part as
well.

Sanford is touring the coast to discuss hurricane preparedness.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4
storm that smashed into Charleston in 1989.

Sanford said Monday that 2009 is supposed to be an average
season, but people shouldn't be complacent. He said it was also an
average season in 1992 when Hurricane Andrew struck south Florida.

South Carolina has 247 storm shelters, nine more than last year.
Sanford says the increase is due, in part, to the bad economy with
officials expecting more folks to head to shelters instead of
driving inland.


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