Several days after Bertha, SC marks hurricane prep week

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s hurricane preparedness week is getting ready to start and the state has already been hit by a tropical storm.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a proclamation declaring Sunday through next Saturday as  South Carolina Hurricane Preparedness Week. Hurricane season begins on Monday.

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But South Carolina got an early taste of tropical weather with Tropical Storm Bertha on Wednesday.

Bertha formed, made landfall within two hours near Mount Pleasant with 50 mph maximum sustained winds and was downgraded before sundown, bringing a poor beach day of rain and gusty winds, but no major problems.