Updates on severe weather in Bamberg County - January 2017

Posted by 01/22/2017 Categories: Bamberg County Emergency Services

Tornado damage and alerts throughout Bamberg County

Below are a list of continuous updates from the Bamberg County Emergency Services Department. Updates can be seen here, on the alert box at www.bambergcounty.sc.gov, Facebook, Twitter, The Times & Democrat, The Advertizer-Herald, as well as, News 12/NBC 26 – WRDW.


Update 12:32pm, 01/22/17 - This comes from Bamberg County Emergency Services and The National Weather Service. Bamberg County First Responders are on standby for potential severe weather for the area. There is a possibility for strong tornadoes. Wind gusts could reach 70mph in these storms. Greatest threat of this storm is along and south of the I-20 Corridor. Considerable and/or complete damage is possible to homes, businesses and vehicles. More information will be given as it is known. Bamberg County residents should have a safe location identified in an interior room on the lowest floor of homes/businesses. Again, Bamberg County First Responders are on standby for full activation.


Update 8:19am, 01/22/17 - Red Cross will be in Denmark, SC at the local Piggly Wiggly today from 9am to 12pm to assist all misplaced families. If you aren't able to make it today please call 803-245-4313 ext 1 or 2 for further assistance.


Update 9:30pm, 01/21/2017 - According to Bamberg County SCDOT Resident Manager, all primary roads are open, but there is still major damage from the tornado. Power lines are down through the damaged areas as well. Road clearing will continue tonight and tomorrow.
It is still the recommendation of Bamberg County Emergency Services to stay clear of roadways due to damage.


Update 8:58pm, 01/21/2017 - Bamberg County is at OPCON 4. For any misplaced families looking for shelter due to the tornado, please contact Emergency Services at (803) 245-4313, ext 1 or 2. It is recommended to drivers to stay off of the highways due to impassable roads. If you are experiencing power outages, please contact your utility company. For emergencies, please call 911. As always, please stay safe and keep your fellow Bamberg County Citizens & Emergency Service Crews in your thoughts.


Update 7:22pm, 01/21/2017 - Any families who have been misplaced from their home, due to the tornado, have been asked to meet at the Denmark Piggly Wiggly as soon as possible. A representative from Red Cross will be there to assist you until 9:00pm tonight.


Update 6:30pm, 01/21/2017 - Highway 78 and Highway 321 are impassable. All traffic from Bamberg County to Barnwell County is being rerouted by law-enforcement officers. If traveling in the area please be aware of their presence. Shelters will be provided at hotels by Red Cross. If the number of families needing a shelter continues to grow, a shelter will be opened  at Denmark-Olar High School off of Highway 78. For any persons misplaced due to the weather can receive transportation to the shelter from the Bamberg County office on aging. There any significant weather damage please report it to the EEOC by calling 803-245-4313 extension 1 or 2.


01/21/2017 - Attention Bamberg County Citizens - a tornado has touched down on the northwest side of Denmark. As of 5:00pm Bamberg County has moved to OPCON 3 with the Emergency Operations Center fully activated. Highway 78 is impassable between Denmark and Blackville. There have been reports of trees on houses, as well as over 100 trees down on the northwest quadrant of the county. Currently, traffic is being detoured down Ghents Branch Road in Denmark. Please call 911 for emergencies only. If your power is out, please call your utility company. For any emergency, please call 911.