Gov. McMaster on Irma impact: 'Still a lot of danger out there'

Mandatory Evacuations Likely to be Ordered in SC on Saturday

Mandatory Evacuations Likely to be Ordered in SC on Saturday

President Donald Trump signed an emergency declaration for SC on Thursday, which makes federal emergency aid available to the state to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts at 75% federal funding.

Some areas of Charleston are already beginning to see water bubble up into the street as Hurricane Irma pushes rain bands ahead of the main storm. He said the decisions to close are being made at the district level.

Power outages spread across SC as winds from Tropical Storm Irma knocked out electricity at more than 140,000 homes and businesses Monday. "It's not too late to leave now".

Feltgen says the storm has a really wide eye, with hurricane-force winds that cover the entire Florida peninsula and potentially deadly storm surges on both coasts.

South Carolina Electric & Gas accounted for most of the outages statewide, reaching more than 92,000 in its coverage area, which stretches from Columbia and Charleston to the Georgia state line.

Residents cleared out store shelves, grabbing the essentials as they prepared for the worst in cities like Charleston.

A handwritten sign on the door of an Orlando Home Depot reads "sorry, out of plywood" - a almost universal problem at stores across the city as residents scrambled to collect supplies, board up their houses and wait out the storm.

After requesting federal disaster equipment, Gov. McMaster says he received a call from President Trump at Camp David this morning.

"We've pretty much been on an increase ever since Harvey hit, but the last few days have tapered off", said Tiffany Wright, public relations manager with AAA Carolinas. "We're continuing to get ready, and I encourage families and businesses across our state to do the same".

Gov. Henry McMaster said Friday that 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters) of storm surge is possible on the islands in the southern part of the state even though the center of Irma is forecast to move 200 miles to the west. North Carolina National Guard troops and state troopers are on standby to deal with any impacts the storm might bring.

The governor urged residents to stay inside, especially along affected areas along the coast, saying there are 83 roads closed because of flooding and downed trees.

Power outages have also been widespread in the state with over 146,000 customers without power.

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