West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has partially activated its emergency operations center, in advance of any potential threat from Hurricane Matthew.

The agency took the action Monday morning, so state agencies could make some preparations.

At present, the computer model from the National Hurricane Center has Matthews tracking up the Atlantic over the next several days. If that course holds, the storm would pass about a few hundred miles off the coast of Charleston early Saturday. However, there is a chance that track could shift to the west, meaning the Palmetto State could feel greater impacts, so state officials say they just want to be prepared.

SCEMD is currently at what's known as OPCON 4, which is their next highest level of readiness above normal, day-to-day operations. OPCON 1 is their highest level.

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