Lexington County Emergency Operations Center enters OPCON 3, flooding and tornadoes possible

Karamie Sullivan- file photo

Lexington County officials reported Friday morning their Emergency Operations Center has entered “operational condition three,” which is a partial activation of the county’s EOC in preparation for the impacts of Hurricane Florence.

OPCON 3 prepares emergency response units to be ready for weather-related events generated by the storm. County emergency management has enlisted the help of the Community Emergency Response Team, which is comprised of volunteers that are able to assist in relief efforts.

EMS, 911, and Fire Service have additional staffing on standby and are equipped to respond to emergencies around the county. Public Works crews have checked numerous ponds around the county, as well as cleared debris from stormwater drains and outlets.

According to the National Weather Service, flooding and rain will be the biggest threat to the area.  However, isolated tornadoes could also occur in parts of the Pee Dee and Midlands.  Seek shelter immediately when a warning is issued.  The NWS reminds residents, “DO NOT WAIT  to see/hear the tornado if a warning is issued.”

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