In his last tour of the coast at the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday he has "a bad feeling" about this year's storm scenario.
"If there's ever a year I felt bad about the prospects of a season, it's this year," Sanford said when he met with Horry County emergency management officials. "Don't be complacent. If there's ever a year to not be complacent, it's this year."
Hurricane season began Tuesday and ends Nov. 30.
Weather forecasters have predicted an increase in activity this season, and Sanford, along with state and county emergency officials, said Tuesday they are prepared to react to tropical weather threats.
"It could be a total non-storm year, and indeed it only takes one storm and you're out of luck," said Sanford, who is in the final year of his two terms as governor. "I really do believe this could be the year, and that's something we need to take seriously. ... South Carolina has been exceedingly lucky for a long number of years."
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