Severe Weather Preparedness Week Arrives In South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — With spring just around the corner, emergency officials in South Carolina said it is time to begin preparing for severe weather.

Gov. Henry McMaster declared this week South Carolina Severe Weather and Flood Safety week.

Emergency officials will work all week with the National Weather Service to give safety and preparation tips for floods, tornadoes and severe storms that became more likely as the weather warms.

On Wednesday, there will be a statewide tornado drill as schools and businesses across the state are asked to take shelter under their tornado safety plans as forecasters test weather radios and other devices programmed to go off when a tornado warning is issued.

Emergency officials are also pushing for flood safety. Flash floods after massive rains in October 2015 killed 19 people in South Carolina.