SCDOT preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine

SCDOT preparing for Tropical Storm Hermine

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The South Carolina Department of Transportation is making adjustments for the storm and has tips to keep residents safe during Tropical Storm Hermine.

Shannon Welch, with the engineering department, said SCDOT officials in Horry County are preparing for Hermine and not taking any precautions. That means checking out all of their equipment, like the trucks, backhoes, chainsaws or anything that is needed in the event of a fallen tree, a clogged drain or any other weather-related issues.

Welch said the state is well aware of the possible threats and plan to stay on top of the storm 24-7.

"There will be a conference call between our district office and headquarters to kind of determine then what should SCDOT be working and how many crews will be working," Welch said. "As of now we don't know, but of course, if need be, we'll have someone here around the clock until everything is in good condition."

For those planning on being out on the road, it is important pay attention to flooded streets and fallen trees or power lines.

Motorists are also reminded to be aware of hydroplaning. If their vehicle starts to spin out, they are reminded not to panic. Instead, drivers should simply take their foot off the gas pedal and keep the steering wheel straight until the car corrects itself.

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