Hurricane Michael has ground everything to a halt — school is out in all the counties in the area, the Food Bank of Greenwood County is closed and many businesses are planning their days on wait-and-see basis — and local emergency officials are saying that’s the right thing to do.

Even the threat — and eventual delivery — of rain from Hurricane Michael wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of Greenwood County Fair goers during its opening night on Wednesday.

The state Department of Health and Environmental Protection is reminding owners and operators of dams and reservoirs to lower water levels over the next several days in preparation of problems caused by Hurricane Michael’s rain.