DUNCAN, Okla. – Rural Water Associations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are preparing for the landfall of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that the center of the storm will pass close to the Atlantic coast, possibly making landfall in Florida, as a Category 4 Hurricane. Matthew is expected to bring winds over 75 miles per hour and a storm surge of at least five feet.
Various areas of the three states are under voluntary or mandatory evacuations.
The Florida Rural Water Association, Georgia Rural Water Association and South Carolina Rural Water Association have all begun making preparations to respond to high winds and floods caused by the storm. Associations coordinate with their state emergency management agencies and with their Water/Wastewater Agency Response Networks, or WARNs.
Rural Water staff began contacting utilities in the storm’s projected path, alerting them to the potential danger, advising on preparations and informing them of the emergency response services available after the storm. Associations are positioning equipment and personnel in locations that will allow them to remain safe and quickly respond after the storm passes.