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Governor McMaster, State Officials hold news conference on preparation for Hurricane Irma

11 Setiembre 2017, 05:47 | Martinez Canez

Governor McMaster, State Officials hold news conference on preparation for Hurricane Irma

Several houses on Edisto Beach boarded up windows, town appears to be ghost town

Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials ahead of Hurricane Irma's imminent landfall, Gov. Nathan Deal today expanded the state of emergency to include a total of 94 counties.

See the latest forecast for Hurricane Irma.

"In a situation like this it's always best to be cautious because weather can change", McMaster said.

Gov. Henry McMaster updated the state's preparations for Hurricane Irma Sunday afternoon and said more than 200 people have already come to state shelters ahead of the storm.

He has scheduled another news conference at 6 p.m. Friday. You see the tapes of things flying around in the air in places that have winfds, some of what we expect here. "There's so many variables associated with where the storm can go", Bryson said, urging people not to become complacent.

Residents cleared out store shelves, grabbing the essentials as they prepared for the worst in cities like Charleston.

-Berkeley County officials have asked residents near the French Quarter Creek in Huger to temporarily relocate due to flooding that could exceed levels experienced during Hurricane Matthew.

Division spokesman Derrec Becker says operators can answer questions such as the best way for people to secure their homes before they head inland or get information about potential evacuation orders.

The last major hurricane to hit SC was Hugo in September 1989.

Attorney General Alan Wilson said his office has received 250 complaints of price-gouging during the state of emergency declared Wednesday.

"I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible", Deal said. If it shifts back to the east, those across North Carolina will be back in the ball game for some stronger weather. Southeast Georgia could get 10 to 12 inches or rain. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.

On top of offering shelter, Al-Farooq Masjid is also asking locals to volunteer to help the victims by coordinating registrations and comforting evacuees.

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