What we know:
The current forecast has Hurricane Michael making landfall as a category 3 (>110 mph sustained winds) on the Florida panhandle tomorrow afternoon and reaching the Midlands on Thursday morning. Though it is anticipated to be a category 3 storm just before landfall, it is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches Atlanta, GA. The National Weather Service – Columbia (NWS-CAE) is predicting tropical storm force winds (<35 mph sustained winds) and approximately 3 to 6 inches of rain in our area. At 1:00 PM today, NWS-CAE issued a Tropical Storm Watch for some southeastern counties. Michael is forecasted to move quickly and is expected to be out of our state by Friday morning.
What to expect:
We do expect wind and rain similar to that of Florence and remain positive that the storm will not disrupt our ability to provide quality healthcare services to our patients throughout the District. Our philosophy remains the same – business as usual.
- Encourage staff to account for the extra time it may take while traveling to work due to the deteriorating weather conditions and the possibility of debris in the roadways
- Review department downtime procedures in preparation for any disruption to utilities, e.g., power fail phones
- Report any damage or leaks to the Facility Services Hotline at 791-2600