Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Richland County officers will be closed Monday, and the county has made the decision to open up a shelter for evacuees.

Officials with the county announced their plans for the storm at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The county says their government offices will not be open Monday, but will reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m. No decision has been made yet on public schools.

Dent Middle School at 2721 Decker Boulevard will open at 12 p.m. Saturday if need.

Two other schools are on standby as well.

- Ridge View High School, 4801 Hardscrabble Road, Columbia, 12 p.m. Sunday if needed
- Dutch Fork High School, 1400 Old Tamah Road, Irmo, 12 p.m. Sunday if needed

Nine additional community-based centers in Gadsden, Hopkins and Columbia are on standby to open if needed.

They will not take pets. People with animals should call 803-576-3439.

Richland County Emergency Operations Center currently at OpCon 4, expected to elevate to OpCon 3 Sunday. More info: