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Edisto Beach bracing for Hurricane Irma less than a year after Matthew's devastation

Edisto Beach (WCIV)

Like many other seaside towns, Edisto Beach is preparing for the worst should Hurricane Irma hit South Carolina.

The small island community south of Charleston is on edge, as it’s no stranger to hurricane. The town only recently recovered from devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew nearly a year ago.

RELATED | Drone video shows Hurricane Matthew destruction on Edisto Beach

“We're just to the point where our State Park just opened on this past weekend,” Mayor Jane Darby said Wednesday. “At this point I think most people are like, ‘Oh no, not another one.’”

Mayor Darby and Police Chief George Brothers are asking everyone to evacuate if the storm does come to Edisto.

Meanwhile, an engaged couple on the island is hoping Irma will churn off the coast until the say their I do's.

James Telfer and his bride-to-be escaped Hurricane Harvey and drove 20 hours to South Carolina. “Getting out of Houston was an absolute nightmare. All the roads were closed, parking lots just flooded with water.” Telfer said.

Their wedding is Saturday -- a day, three years in the making.

“We've been doing a long distance relationship for three years, so finally we're about to live in the same country,” Tefler said.

While it’s uncertain which path Irma will take, Telfer is longing for the moment to marry the girl of his dreams.

“It's an outdoor wedding. We're going to have a five piece band, play some Ray Charles, big outdoor banquet,” Tefler said. “Just gotta hope it doesn't rain.”

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