Hurricane Ian Update
Sumter, SC, September 28, 2022
Just a quick update for those who haven’t been following Hurricane Ian. It is now a slow-moving, dangerous Category 4 hurricane, and is expected to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast soon.
First things first: if you have family or friends who live in the peninsula of Florida, please encourage them to follow the guidance of their local emergency officials. Unfortunately, this storm is likely to be devastating to large parts of that state.
As for us who live up in South Carolina’s 5th congressional district – which includes all of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union and York counties and parts of Newberry, Spartanburg and Sumter counties – we are looking at heavy rain and windy conditions starting Friday and lasting at least through Saturday.
By the time what’s left of Ian arrives up here, it will have weakened considerably. Still, we should expect significant amounts of rain with some wind, which could lead to downed trees & power lines, and possibly localized flooding. So please be vigilant and careful when venturing out later this week and into the weekend.