South Carolina Guard prepares for Hurricane Matthew
U.S. Army Soldiers with the South Carolina National Guard prepare to assist with Hurricane Matthew response by partnering with S.C. Department of Transportation and S.C. Highway Patrol in West Columbia, S.C., on Oct. 5, 2016. Hurricane Matthew peaked as a Category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean and was projected to pass over the southeastern U.S., including the S.C. coast. Approximately 1,400 S.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were activated Oct. 4, 2016, to support coastal evacuations after Gov. Nikki Haley declared a State of Emergency.