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Gov. McMaster discusses Hurricane Irma preparations

Gov. McMaster discusses Hurricane Irma preparations”

The state is ready for evacuations at starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, but he said the time could change if he issues an order.

"Irma will likely bring periods of heavy rain to much of Georgia, South Carolina, and western North Carolina early next week, including some mountainous areas which are more prone to flash flooding".

He said he did not think it would be necessary to issue an order to close schools statewide.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says while it's too early to know exactly how Hurricane Irma might affect his state, it is never too early to prepare.

During his 2 p.m. conference, McMaster said he had not yet made a decision on whether or not to evacuate the coast ahead of Hurricane Irma. "Now", said state governor Rick Scott from the capital, Tallahassee, stressing on the urgency of people who have received an evacuation order to leave their homes and go to shelters.

McMaster also rescinded an order of mandatory evacuations for healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities, in Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Georgetown and Horry Counties.

Most Lowcountry school districts made the decision early Thursday afternoon to close their schools and offices through Tuesday.

The order remains in effect in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper Counties, he said. Almost 100,000 extra vehicles have traveled on SC interstates over the past two days.

Hotel rooms are filling in central and western SC as Hurricane Irma approaches the United States.

Anticipated flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma's proximity to Florida have started to impact travelers at Albany International Airport, airport officials said. McMaster asks that locals stay off the interstates if possible.

While Hurricane Irma is causing a lot of worry in the Caribbean and Florida, meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Duluth are also eyeing the storm.



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