NEWBERRY, S.C. — Newberry County sheriff Lee Foster is stressing the message of readiness before tomorrow’s storm.

"It’s so very important because when it happens it’s to late" says Foster. 

With expected heavy winds and rainfall to rip through the Midlands there’a potential for down trees and road closures, and with over 60 years of living in Newberry, the sheriff says this what locals should expect. 

"Grounds are highly saturated here and there’s been a good bit of damage to the drainage system from following waters of rains of the past so you might see some street flood" says  Foster, "If you see water in the street or a barricade don’t go through that and also the most important thing if it’s raining slow down."

The sheriff also gives a few tips before the storm. 

 "Look in your house find that safe area" says Foster, "Also make sure you got adequate batteries and adequate devices so your house will be lighted and so you can communicate with your friends neighbors and relatives and get communications from the emergency management system."