Florida scrambles ahead of Irma landfall

“We would likely feel the effects in the Monday, Tuesday time frame, but I can not stress enough the amount of uncertainty”, meteorologist Scott Sharp said.

Classes at Georgia Southern University have been cancelled for Friday, Monday and Tuesday due to the storm hazards.

Auburn is on the road; they will take on Clemson in SC tomorrow evening (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 77 degrees at kickoff to near 70 by the final whistle.

McMaster said he is leaving it up to local school districts to decide whether to cancel classes for early next week.

The governor says forecasters westward shift of Irma’s projected path added to the traffic, as Georgians are fleeing north, not west, “bringing them right up I-95”. Its devastation triggered tougher state building codes and more hurricane shutters.

Craig Fugate, the former administrator of FEMA under President Barack Obama, told CNN that when the agency ran out of money during Hurricane Irene in 2011, it continued to work at full speed, essentially breaking a law called the Antideficiency Act, which prohibits an agency from spending or obligating money that isn’t available or hasn’t been authorized.

Henry McMaster could order coastal residents to evacuate their homes starting Saturday morning.

Stay tuned to local news for the latest advisories from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center (NHC), as well as state and local emergency management officials.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it could rake the entire length of Florida’s east coast and push into Georgia and the Carolinas, where governors had declared states of emergency.

While kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m.at Bobby Dodd Stadium, pre-game festivities start at 9:30 a.m.

Its financial woes are expected to be compounded by the flooding that devastated Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey.

McMaster also rescinded an order of mandatory evacuations for healthcare facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and alcohol and substance abuse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.

The watch reaches to Indian Pass in the Panhandle and now includes Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

SC emergency officials have opened a toll-free phone hotline to answer any questions residents have about Hurricane Irma.

Irma, the swirling, monster category 4 storm expected to make landfall in South Florida before moving up Florida and deeper into the southeast. Irma could affect western North Carolina weather Monday and Tuesday.

“It’s too soon to rule out any possibilities”, Stenson said “Hurricane Irma is a risky storm and its projected path could put SC in harm’s way”.

Pace said the hotel is taking pets for the first time and will not charge cancellation fees if people check out early.

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