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Pee Dee agencies preparing for Hurricane Hermine

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(Source: SCDOT's media release) (Source: SCDOT's media release)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Hermine could be a concern for people traveling through the Pee Dee tomorrow most notably on I-95. That's why local agencies already have a plan in place if things go south.

Corporal Sonny Collins says Highway Patrol is being proactive when it comes to Hermine, and won't be taking any chances.

"We have already staffed to the max, knowing that it's a holiday weekend and already going to be a heavily traveled weekend between the beach and the Darlington Raceway activity. So we were already prepared for all troopers to be out working. So with this storm coming through, that actually helps us lead right into our original plan." said Collins.

"We're going to keep everybody out just like they were going to be already working with the traffic increase with the holiday. Now their focus will obviously be storm duties waiting for this storm to pass."

Other agencies like the South Carolina Department of Transportation also have a plan in place. Getting crews and equipment ready for possible damage this tropical weather may cause.

"We are making sure our equipment is fueled up and our chainsaws are sharpened. We're cleaning out catch spaces areas that we know are prone to flooding." said Treasure Scarborough with SCDOT.

The District offices for Highway Patrol and DOT are both located in Florence County and will be putting their full resources into making sure the area is secure.

DOT along with companies like Santee Cooper will be standing by in case of power outages, to get electricity up and running as quickly as possible. All parties say people traveling through need to aware of what's going on, and keep a close eye on the storm.

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