Stormwater crews prepare for Hermine

While Florida faces Hurricane Hermine, Charlotte preps for threat of oncoming storm

Flood waters rush down Tampa streets as Hurricane Hermine shows her force and continues to get stronger. 

The rising waters greet some Floridians at their doorsteps. The storm has stalled cars. Some residents use a kayak to get around. Hermine hasn't even made landfall, but it is already hitting Florida hard and the Carolinas could be next.

"If we are getting the kind of rain we are anticipating, we could have flash flooding," said Mark Boone, with Char-Meck Stormwater Service.

Boone says crews have been out all week, trying to get ahead of the storm and minimize the risk of flooding.

"If there's any major debris or blockages in the creeks, we get that out of there," he said.  

Hermine upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane Thursday afternoon. The storm is set to strike the Carolinas Friday, just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

"There's going to be extra traffic on the highway this weekend with rain, always brings a lot of collisions with us," said NC Trooper John Burgin. "The roads tend to flood in this area, the Charlotte area.

Trooper Burgin says Highway Patrol has seen more than 100 accidents on Labor Day weekend the last two years. 

"There were no storms those weekends that I can remember, however with the storms coming in it's going to add that little extra touch to the driving where you're going to have to be extra careful," he warned.

The threat of heavy rains and strong winds will likely hit the coast the hardest, but in the Charlotte area, preparations are underway. Several school districts are reevaluating their football schedule. Chesterfield, Union and Chester Counties played games Thursday night instead of Friday. Rock Hill rescheduled Friday games for Saturday. Lancaster County canceled one of its Friday games. CMS opted for a wait and see approach.

"We have fields with varying degrees of drainage capabilities," said Superintendent Ann Clark. "For local games, we can make a decision by mid-afternoon tomorrow, for games with teams traveling from out of state we may have to make that decision earlier."

If the weather becomes an issue CMS plans to move games to Saturday and Monday.

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