Sumter Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 6:43 am EDT on June 2, 2015
public information statement
National Weather Service Columbia, SC
645 am EDT Tue June 2, 2015

... .hurricane awareness week... .

As hurricane Hugo proved... hurricanes pose a threat to inland areas
as well as the coast. High winds... tornadoes... and floods and flash
floods can be results of the hurricane in inland areas and are
dangerous killers. Hugos high winds were felt hundreds of miles
inland and a storm can bring 6 to 12 inches of rain or more to the
area it crosses. Trees were blown down from Charleston to Sumter to
Charlotte and many homes and buildings were damaged. Wind speeds to
100 mph were reported as far inland as Charlotte.

In September of 2004 the remnants of 3 hurricanes, Frances, Gaston,
and Jeanne moved through the state. These hurricane remnants
produced a total of 72 tornadoes! In fact, much of the state was
under a Tornado Watch for at least 24 hours when Frances occurred.
Hurricane Frances produced the most tornadoes for any single tornado
outbreak in south Carolina's history, spawning 44 tornadoes.

Another tornado outbreak occurred from Tropical Storm Beryl. Storms
don't have to be hurricanes to produce destructive weather. When
Beryl moved through the midlands in August of 1994 it produced 23
tornadoes within a four hour period. The strongest tornado hit the
Lexington area with winds up to 200 mph. This tornado was on the
ground for 5 miles and was a quarter mile wide causing a path of
destruction from Red Bank to Lake Murray.

Please take time this week to develop your hurricane safety plan. For
further information contact your nearest National Weather Service