SC governor gives update on Hurricane Irma preparations

A 5 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center showed little change in Hurricane Irma’s path from Friday morning as the Category 4 storm shifted slightly westward and continued to make its approach toward Cuba at a speed of 12 miles per hour.

Officials said the evacuation of medical facilities in Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton facilities is going well.

The governor did not rule out more evacuations.

John Quagliariello, an official with the National Weather Service, said swells will likely be four to six feet high, four to 10 inches of rain are possible, tropical wind storm gusts can range from 30 to 70 miles per hour and flooding is expected, particularly on Monday.

The state does not have a current count of how many people remain on the islands, but McMaster said, “compliance, as far as we can tell, has been good”.

“Right now we’re hoping for the best and preparing for the worst”, McMaster said.

Other topics included tropical storm watches from the South Santee River to north of Edisto Beach, a hurricane watch issued from Edisto Beach to the state’s southern border, and a storm surge watch issued from Isle of Palms to the South Carolina/Georgia border.

The Category 4 storm’s projected track – which once had the Palmetto State in its crosshairs – leaned west Friday. That’s the storm’s “worst-case scenario” for central SC, experts said. Georgetown County’s official website,, has storm related information.

While Irma’s track continues to show a more westward route, we can not stress enough how important it is for everyone to prepare. And daily briefings are being held for local officials.

Colleton County – OPEN AT 9 a.m.

Decisions on lane reversals in those areas will be made as needed.

The city of Georgetown has exhausted its supply of sandbags for the public, but the county will continue to have sandbags available through the weekend if supplies last.

Andy Shain and Jamie Lovegrove with the Post and Courier contributed to his report.

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