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Charleston County to move to OPCON 4 ahead of Hurricane Irma

A shelf normally containing packaged water is empty at a Piggly Wiggly store Tueday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Panama City, Fla. Store managers informed shoppers that more water will be delivered on Sept.6 in the morning a residents prepare for Hurricane Irma. (patti Blake/News Herald via AP)

Officials with Charleston County Government say the county will move to OPCON 4 Wednesday in preparation for Hurricane Irma.

While the track of the storm and its potential impact on the Carolinas is still unpredictable and could change, the switch in operating status is to ensure the county is prepared for a situation in which the county's emergency plan should be activated.

Compared to Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma is a stronger storm at this time. While there are many curious about the track of the storm, as of now there are differences (SEE GRAPHIC).

The specific definition of the county's OPCON 4 status: Possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require a partial or full activation of the Charleston County Emergency Operations Center.

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There's no word yet on change of operational status in other areas, but it should be expected soon in coastal areas of the state. Isle of Palms began providing island re-entry decals Tuesday. IOP also began offering sand bags this week.

Folly Beach Mayor, Tim Goodwin, is asking everyone to pay attention in the event of an evacuation. He said there's a new plan for business owners returning to the beach if an evacuation is necessary.

A pass will allow business owners "an opportunity to bring a percentage of their workers back who are not residence of Folly Beach."

Check back frequently with ABC News 4 as we follow the track of Hurricane Irma.

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