WHEREAS, heavy thunderstorms resulting in multiple tornadoes passed through the State during the evening hours of May 7, and early morning of May 8, 1998; and,

WHEREAS, the citizens of Edgefield County suffered severe damage to property, including loss of life and injuries; and,

WHEREAS, the severe weather uprooted trees, blocked roads, created power outages, and isolated citizens; and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that the severity of the damage has surpassed the capability of Edgefield County to properly respond and recover; and

NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the powers conferred upon me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of South Carolina, I hereby place the South Carolina National Guard on State duty and order the utilization of the South Carolina National Guard's personnel and equipment, and all required State agencies, to take all necessary and prudent actions to assist the citizens of Edgefield County in their recovery efforts.

May 11, 1998

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