Marion County officials play it safe as Tropical Storm Michael speeds through area
MARION, S.C. – Marion County officials played it safe Thursday as Tropical Storm Michael sped through the area after ripping through the Florida Panhandle as third most powerful Hurricane ever to hit U.S. mainland.
The impact was relatively moderate in comparison to Hurricane Florence’s torrential rain and major flooding a month ago. Wind gust was at 39 mph. Marion County is forecast to a little more than a half inch of rain.
Marion County Administrator Tim Harper said the Emergency Operations Center was still operational.
“We’re monitoring the storm and any damage we might have at this time,” he said.
County offices were closed Thursday and will reopen Friday. Marion County School District also closed schools due to winds projected a rate that would make operating buses unsafe. Harper said more than likely offices would reopen Friday.
Bracing for a tropical storm a month after a hurricane, officials were concerned.
“Our biggest concern was that ground was still saturated with water and how much rain we would it cause more flooding,” Harper said. “Also because the ground was saturated, what wind damage we could have from trees being down.”
Harper said they are still monitoring the rivers but there are no flood concerns at this point.