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  • ‘We dodged a big bullet’

    Lancaster County avoided injuries and widespread destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Florence this weekend, unlike some of its neighboring counties and large parts of North Carolina.
    Lancaster Fire Rescue Director Darren Player said the county experienced buffeting winds and huge downpours lasting many hours, but it was fortunate not to reach the rainfall totals and wind speeds that forecaster’s had predicted.

  • Schools repairing roof leaks, expected to reopen Tuesday

    Mark Manicone and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

     

  • 'We really dodged a big bullet'

    Kayla Vaughn and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

    Lancaster County avoided injuries and widespread destruction from the remnants of Hurricane Florence this weekend, unlike some of its neighboring counties and large parts of North Carolina.

  • County convenience sites reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday

    After a four-day closing related to Hurricane Florence, the county’s 12 convenience sites will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis.
    “The Republic Landfill in Lee County reopened this morning,” Willis said just before lunchtime Monday. 
    He said trash containers at the county sites are being picked up now, so they will be empty on Tuesday.
    Willis pleaded for frustrated users to “quit leaving bags of trash in front of the convenience sites.”

  • Schools to close Monday

    County officials are asking local residents to limit travel as much as possible Sunday evening because multiple roads are blocked by fallen trees, downed power lines and flooding.

    Right now, Duke Energy has 3,184 power outages in the county and Lynches River Electric Cooperative has 276 customers without power.

    Hopefully, power should be restored to most of those before the evening is up.

  • Flash flood warning issued for county

    The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flash flood warning for Lancaster County until 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

    At 8:22 a.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the county.

  • Tree crushes car, damages truck and house

    A huge oak tree crashed down about 4:30 p.m. in the 100 block of West Shiloh Unity Road, crushing a car and damaging a pickup and the home of Michele Horne.
    Horne and her children, Thomas and Kelly, were inside when it happened as the storm raged in their neighborhood just off U.S. 521 north of Lancaster. No one was hurt, and the house appeared to have avoided severe damage.
    "That tree was hollow and had three raccoons living in it," said Thomas Horne. "I knew it was going to come down when they said the hurricane was coming."

  • Tropical-storm warning lifted for county

    The National Weather Service has lifted the tropical-storm warning for Lancaster County, though a flash flood watch remains in effect with heavy rains from former Hurricane Florence now drenching much of the Piedmont.

    Most wind speeds have dropped between 15-25 mph and the storm is almost stationary, though the potential remains for much stronger wind gusts throughout the night.

  • Player: Don't get fooled by tropical storm

    Mark Manicone and Gregory A. Summers

    The Lancaster News

    Slow-moving Florence is expected to weaken into a tropical depression later today as it trudges westward across the state, but torrential rainfall is still expected in Lancaster County.

    “The main issue we may experience is the public being lulled into a false sense of security,” said Darren Player, director of Lancaster County Fire Rescue/Emergency Management.

  • Hurricane Florence local update (10 a.m. Saturday)

     

    Here’s what we know this morning, based on latest local conditions from Hurricane Florence;

    • U.S. 521 between Heath Springs and Kershaw is blocked due to a downed tree that has power lines entangled in it. A Lynches River Electric Cooperative crew is en route to get the tree up.