After weakening on Thursday, Tropical Storm Florence is expected to gain strength over the next 48 hours, potentially developing into a major hurricane (Category 3 or 4). Current forecast models predict anything from landfall in the Carolinas to brushing the east coast and making a northeastern turn back to the Atlantic. Either way, we should begin thinking through our response to this storm in preparation of its potential impact.

Public Safety participated in a 2:00 PM conference call with the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) Emergency Preparedness Coordinators to discuss the storm and response preparations.

We will continue to monitor this storm and keep everyone posted.