Hurricane Irma: State of Emergency declared in South Carolina

Hurricane Irma: State of Emergency declared in South Carolina

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order Wednesday, declaring a state of emergency and urging those living in South Carolina to begin preparing for Hurricane Irma.

"The state of emergency allows one of the best, most experienced emergency response teams in the entire world to begin organizing response efforts," Gov. Henry McMaster said in a statement. "South Carolina is fortunate to have time to allow us to prepare for Hurricane Irma's potential landfall, and it is important that families and individuals in vulnerable areas use that time to review safety plans in case they are needed."

It will likely be the end of the week before it reaches the area around Cuba, but the track of Hurricane Irma has shifted east. What that means is that impacts in Charleston are looking more likely.

The governor's office is asking people who live in "potentially vulnerable areas" to review safety plans and become familiar with local evacuation zones.This information is detailed in the 2017 S.C. Hurricane Guide, currently available at all Walgreen's stores statewide, at all rest areas along interstates and for download HERE.

"It's too soon to rule out any possibilities," Stenson said "Hurricane Irma is a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm's way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time. While we hope we never see a hurricane head our way, we all need prepare for the possible effects."

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