Evacuations continue according to Gov. Nikki Haley. More evacuations are scheduled for today. The Hurricane is is strengthening and returning to a category 4 along Florida’s coast. During her press conference we were cautioned not to draw a straight line between the points on the map above, rather to realize there will be an arc that will come closer to our coastline. Conditions will worsen for South Carolina beginning Friday night and be strong through Saturday night. Along the coast Hurricane force winds will be felt with tropical storm force winds reach further inland for a period of 18-24 hours. There is a threat of heavy rainfall. The forecast at this time is calling for 8-14 inches of rain with locally higher amounts. The rain is a major concern. It may reach levels similar to last year’s floods. Damage to trees and houses are expected to be extensive. The Storm surges are expected to come much further inland than what many people might expect. “As of 6:00 a.m. 175,000 people have evacuated and that’s not enough,” Haley said.

The SC Emergency Management Division has advised that South Carolina prepare for the Hurricane Matthew. Please visit their website for tips on how to prepare, knowing your zone, when to evacuate and more.

A prayer for those in the storms path
Merciful God, when the storms rage and threaten to overtake us, awaken our faith to know the power of your peace. Deliver us from our fear and ease our anxiety. Help us to endure the time of uncertainty and give us strength to face the challenges ahead. Give us the assurance of your presence even in this time so that we can cling to your promise of hope and life shown to us through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

adapted from ELW Pastoral care, page 174

Please stay in touch with the Synod Office though email, our website contact form, and social media and let us know as soon as possible any damage or issues. Remember, our office is closed on Fridays. So, there will be no one to answer your calls. The current track of the storm puts it east of Jacksonville, FL and South of Charleston at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday.

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