Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida

Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida

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"What we saw during Matthew could exponentially increase", Jones said.

Some coastal flooding, strong winds, including a tornado risk, along with heavy downpours are all anticipated conditions that will likely plague the northeast SC and southeast North Carolina, according to Saturday morning update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.

The governor's comments came as outer bands of Irma began pouring rain on the state's southern coast.

Hurricane Irma's winds have slowed slightly while it rakes Cuba, but the massive storm is expected to strengthen again as it approaches Florida.

But S.C. leaders continued to warn Palmetto State residents that they still face dangers.

Federal forecasters have shifted the center of Irma well west of SC.

"So we have plenty of room", McMaster said, "including for our friends coming from Georgia and Florida".

Officials reported mostly positive news about preparations for the storm Sunday.

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McMaster had a dire warning for thieves and looters who might try to take advantage of the situation on evacuated barrier islands.

Governor McMaster says what worries him the most is the wind and flooding potential to hurt people and destroy property.

Governor McMaster says there are 579 national guard on duty, 100 troopers assisting law enforcement, and 89 state guardsmen on duty. "If we get everything recovered and they're still in need of help, then we would assess sending crews down there", Kraft said.

Gov. Henry McMaster has yet to issue any evacuation orders.

A mandatory evacuation order for coastal communities goes into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday, with all four lanes of I-16 going westbound at that point.

State officials said some flooding is already being seen along the state's southern coastline as strong winds from Irma are causing higher than normal tides. "We'd like to make sure that they're taken care of".

Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency.

"We're five days or so away from feeling the impacts of Hurriance Irma, but it is not too soon to get ready", Cooper said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it was expected to remain a powerful storm as it moved through the Florida Keys and near the state's west coast. "While we expect the greatest impacts in the mountains and along the SC border, all regions of North Carolina can expect to feel some wind and some rain".