Preparedness for Hurricane Matthew

hurricane-matthewToday is the one year anniversary of the #SCFlood. Please pray for those still recovering and for those currently suffering from flooding, especially our friends in Haiti. We pray for those in impending danger from Hurricane Matthew.

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.

The State Newspaper reports that at the very least the SC coast will see effects from this storm, even if it stays out to sea. It could hit the Charleston area anywhere between Thursday and Saturday, depending on the speed. The hurricane force winds could remain off the coast, probably coming closest to the Myrtle Beach area on Saturday afternoon. The latest National Hurricane Center has placed a large portion of the Midlands in the westernmost part of the five-day forecast cone. The S.C. Emergency Management Division has begun initial preparations for Hurricane Matthew.

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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