SCDOT is Monitoring Tropical Storm Julia
The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) is tracking Tropical Storm Julia as it moves from the northern coast of Florida into Georgia. The storm is currently predicted be a major rain event for South Carolina’s southern counties nearer to and on the coast.
Rainfall totals are expected to be in the seven-to-eight-inch range over the next 48 to 60 hours in those areas. Wind speeds are not expected to be of great concern by forecasters.
However, SCDOT District Offices in those areas are monitoring current rainfall and wind speed activity as well as the forecast.
Headquarters staff in Columbia are also monitoring the situation and stand ready to support the Maintenance forces with any manpower, equipment and supplies that may be needed. Currently, the District Offices report that all resources are sufficient at this time.
Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall urges motorists to use caution at all times, particularly in stormy conditions. Since heavy rainfall is predicted as T.S. Julia passes through the coastal areas of the state, significant levels of standing water on roadways could occur. The public is warned not to attempt to drive through it. Standing water can be life-threatening.
Motorists are also urged not to drive around any barricades should SCDOT need to close any roads. Roads are closed when damaged or present hazardous situations.
SCDOT urges all drivers to use caution for your own safety, the safety of other drivers and for those are working to keep the highways open.
Updates will be provided as needed on SCDOT’s Facebook page and Twitter feed: @SCDOTPress. Traffic information is also available on SCDOT’s 511 Traveler service: www.511sc.org