McMaster says State Agencies are asking everyone to be prepared for Hurricane Irma.
The mandatory evacuation will take effect at 10:00 a.m. on September 9 for Barrier Islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties. The order affects Edisto Beach in Colleton County; Daufuskie, Fripp, Hunting, Harbor and Hilton Head islands in Beaufort County; and Knolls and Tullifeeny islands in Jasper County. That announcement is expected to come around 6 p.m. Word on possible interstate lane reversals could come at that time, too.
A westward nudge in Hurricane Irma's path may have raised the flood threat for western parts of the Upstate, possibly bringing up to 8 inches of rainfall to northern Greenville County, according to the National Weather Service in Greer.
As for the possibility of issuing an order to close schools statewide, McMaster said he doesn't think that will be necessary now.
Gov. Henry McMaster ordered residents of barrier islands in three S.C. counties to evacuate late Friday, as weather experts warned of storm surges expected to accompany Hurricane Irma's arrival.
McMaster said more than 90,000 more cars have been counted on the state's interstates on Thursday (27,000 more) and Friday (65,000 more) than a normal day.
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Officials are urging residents to secure their waste bins in order to avoid the waste from becoming airborne in the strong winds predicted to accompany the arrival of Hurricane Irma.
McMaster also asked people to keep only a reasonable amount of gas into their vehicles and to avoid pumping more gas than needed out of deference to those who are evacuating to and through the state.
During his news conference on Thursday, McMaster laid out the state's plans if he decides to activate a mandatory evacuation along the coast of sc. That executive order signed Thursday afternoon required hospitals, nursing homes, hospice centers and other in-patient facilities in eight counties to immediately begin moving patients inland. Heavy rains could lead to flash flooding or river flooding throughout next week. With the memories of flooding and damage from last year's Hurricane Matthew still on the minds of so many, officials had little problem stirring residents to action.
Along with evacuees from South Carolina, McMaster announced the state is preparing shelters to receive evacuees from Florida and Georgia.
Richland: Dent Middle School, 2721 Decker Boulevard, in Columbia.