BREAKING: Town of Batesburg-Leesville gives green light to Halloween On Main

Forecast map images provided to the Town of Batesburg-Leesville from WIS-TV 10 in Columbia show the projected movement of a line of severe weather moving through this afternoon around the projected start time of Halloween On Main. (Photos courtesy of Town of Batesburg-Leesville via WIS-TV)

The Town of Batesburg-Leesville has issued the following release regarding today’s scheduled Halloween On Main festivities:

“Batesburg-Leesville officials have been monitoring a line of storms over the past 24 hours that are set to roll through our area later this afternoon. After evaluating the most up-to-date weather released this morning, it appears storms will pass through our area prior to our Halloween on Main event or during the early part of scheduled events.

“Officials have agreed to continue with tonight’s events beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. While the weather is still subject to changes, officials will continue monitoring and Halloween activities could be allowed to occur up to 9 p.m. should the weather come through or still remain in the area through the early parts of scheduled events.

“Batesburg-Leesville Town Manager Ted Luckadoo has stressed that ‘everyone should use their best judgement with regards to weather and the safety of themselves and children. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions as we get closer to the start of tonight’s events and are open to the idea of extended times if weather remains in the area for the first part of scheduled events.’

“The Halloween on Main event will be on Main Street in the Leesville Business District from Highway 1 to College Street near College Park/Midlands Technical College B-L Campus.

“Please monitor our social media for any changes or updates that may occur, if needed, throughout the day.”

Mr. Luckadoo further stated that “I would add and stress to those setting up tents/canopies, please do not set them up prior to the storm coming through. I have talked with Tim Miller and he stated ‘a line of storms will move through our area between 4:30-6 p.m. Once the line of storms moves through, that’s it, but it will be fast and furious. Not everyone will receive severe weather, but the chance is there. I would be worried about brief gusty winds and the lightning as the storms move through.”

The Twin-City News will continue to monitor the weather and keep our readers updated as the story unfolds.

From Staff Reports / Published October 31, 2019