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Florence update for S.C. (11 a.m. Sunday)

Updated 11:23 a.m. Sept. 16, 2018

Tropical Depression Florence continues to produce widespread heavy rains over northern South Carolina, producing flash flooding and leading to significant river flooding in the coming days. The hardest hit counties apparently are Dillon, Marion and Marlboro counties, state officials say.

Flash-flood watches are in effect for Chesterfield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster and Lee counties, while the cities of Myrtle Beach, Dillon, Cheraw, Lake City and Florence are under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. Sunday.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Florence was about 40 miles west of Columbia, moving north-northwest at 10 mph. Its maximum sustained winds were at 35 mph.

Read the latest live updates:

What you can do to help

Bishop Holston’s statement on Hurricane Florence

Evacuation orders have been lifted for all coastal counties in South Carolina.

South Carolina Conference Early Response Teams are prepared to respond once state emergency officials give them the green light to move into affected areas,

What churches should do after the storm

  • Once it is safe to do so, please assess your church property, its neighborhood and surrounding community and report damages to your district disaster response coordinator. If your district does not have a disaster response coordinator, report damages to your district office.
  • Check on anyone in your church/neighborhood who you know stayed behind despite the evacuation order.

New assistance hotline

A centralized Crisis Assistance Hotline has been established to take in and manage calls for assistance in the wake of Hurricane Florence:


Disaster Response teams from the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church will coordinate their efforts solely through this hotline.

Pastors and churches are encouraged to share this information with their congregations and communities to ensure people who need help after the storm will get it in a timely manner.

There is not a separate hotline for UMCSC this year,
as has been the case with previous storms.


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