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WINTER STORM BEGINS ITS MARCH ACROSS PALMETTO STATE

Powerful winter storm Pax is set to deliver a knockout punch to the Deep South this week – halting travel due to downed trees and power lines and leaving potentially millions of residents without power.

And guess what: South Carolina is line to receive the very worst of the system – potentially two inches of ice that could cause catastrophic damage across broad swaths of the Palmetto State.

“There isn’t a single model I see with less than 0.8 inches of freezing rain,” our meteorological source explained.

As noted in this post, that level of precipitation is expected to combine with sub-freezing temperatures and 15-20 mile per hour winds to do serious damage to the state’s utility system.

And the higher the precipitation, the more damage we should expect to see …

Courtesy of the National Weather Service, here are the latest projections …

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What should you do to protect yourself and your family?

Not much, at this point …

“For millions of Southerners, especially in Georgia and the Carolinas, the time to prepare is over,” an ominous report from The Weather Channel notes. “Now is the time to hunker down for this winter storm.’

As of 11:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, more than 36,000 SCE&G customers were already without power – and that’s before the worst of the massive system starts moving across the state.

“And this fun goes on until 10:00 a.m. Thursday,” our source added.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has already declared a state of emergency across South Carolina – following the lead of governors in Georgia and North Carolina.

Wary of ice forecasts in the Midlands region of the state, our founding editor moved his family to Myrtle Beach, S.C. – although dangerous conditions exist along the coast, too.  In fact several large tree limbs have already fallen in close proximity to their location on the beach’s famed “Golden Mile.”

What are things like where you are? Post your observations in our comments section below ….