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Berkeley, Dorchester announce change in status for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, left is followed by Tropical Storm Jose, right. (NOAA)

The county governments of Berkeley and Dorchester announced plans to change the operating condition at their emergency operations centers Wednesday.

Both counties said they would move to OPCON 4 at noon, aligning with a similar decision made by Charleston County.

OPCON 4 means the emergency management departments of the two counties are closely monitoring the situation and have opened lines of communication with emergency support agencies.

It also means emergency personnel are on standby should there be a disaster or emergency.

An 11 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center indicated Hurricane Irma, still a Category 5 storm, had passed over St. Martin. It's track also shifted east, making a potential impact in Charleston more likely. FOLLOW THE TRACK OF THE STORM

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