On Wednesday September 16, 2020 the National Weather Service in Columbia began issuing advisories for the Central Midlands ahead of Tropical Storm Sally.
Remnants of the storm are expected to bring periods of heavy rain to our service area on Thursday September 17 and into Friday September 18. A flash flood watch is currently in place for all of Richland County on Thursday and in all the storm could produce up to 6 inches of rainfall in the Columbia area as it moves through. There is also the possibility that the storm could produce short-lived tornadoes in some areas.
The Columbia-Richland Fire Department is advising all citizens to exercise added caution on area roads both Thursday and Friday and watch out for potential flash flooding in some areas. If you come upon a road that is flooded turn your vehicle around and find an alternate route.
Residents are also encouraged to have emergency supplies at their homes as power outages will be likely due to downed trees and tree limbs. Among the items your household emergency kits should include are a flashlight with extra batteries, bottled water and a first aid kit.
In the event of a power loss residents are STRONGLY advised to use flashlights for emergency lightning and NOT candles.