LOOKING AT SOUTH CAROLINA COASTAL EMERGENCY PLANNING THROUGH THE LENS OF HURRICANE SANDY: MODELING VARIABILITY IN HURRICANE SIZE AND TRACK
This study looks at Hurricane Sandy and her potential impacts to SC using HAZUS and HURREVAC. HAZUS is FEMA’s software for modeling natural disasters to look at mitigation, and recovery for areas. HURREVAC is a decision-support tool used by emergency managers to gather the information they need to assist their evacuation decisions. Using four different Sandy runs this study investigates how changes in Sandy’s track would have impacted the tri-county region. The storm tracks modeled in this study include the historic Sandy track as well as a version of the track where the storm strengthened to a category three storm on her route northward. Furthermore, two deviated tracks were prepared based on early Sandy models that projected the storm making landfall at Folly Beach South Carolina tri-county area, Category one and three storms were modeled. These model runs have been developed to provide managers in the region potential damage estimates and evacuation clearance times.