S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley declares state of emergency

Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency Thursday evening in preparation for expected flooding and other impacts from Hurricane Joaquin.

The storm could bring dangerous rip currents, high tides and additional rain along the coast, which is already experiencing flooding, according to a news release from the S.C. Emergency Management Division.

Haley’s declaration directs local and state officials to prepare against heavy rain and flash flooding.

She also ordered the state National Guard to coordinate with the S.C. Emergency Management Division to take action to help S.C. citizens.

Reach Cope at (803) 771-8657.