McMaster reports successful evacuation, warns of Irma storm surge

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced on Saturday that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida Governor Rick Scott to provide assistance from the state's first responders.

South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston estimates 20,000 people have already left Hilton Head Island.

Water will be turned off to the following barrier islands at 4 p.m. Sunday: Fripp Island, Harbor Island and Hunting Island.

Hotels are available in Myrtle Beach and in the Upstate, McMaster said as the presser came to a close and he answered questions. The hurricane now is expected to churn through Florida and then Georgia.

Some lanes on US 278 and SC 21 may have lane reversals. "We must be ready to respond, no matter what comes our way", Ivey said. Officials expect the storm to arrive in the state or near it late Monday or Monday night.

The restoration of service will occur once the weather permits.

Victor Hernandez wandered through the lumber racks just before closing time Friday evening, trying to think up a makeshift solution to protect two big windows at the front of his house.

That order is aimed at preventing a repeat of October 2015, when bursting and overflowing dams amid historic 24-inch rains worsened deadly flooding. He doesn't believe this storm, moving more quickly, will be so devastating.

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More than 3,400 law enforcement agents and guardsmen are on duty as Irma approaches, McMaster said.

Florida is the nation's third-largest state with almost 21million people according to the U.S. Census.

People in potentially vulnerable areas should review personal safety plans, become familiar with local evacuation zones in coastal counties and locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes.

McMaster took the opportunity to remind residents that even when the storm has passed, the challenges it brings will not be over.

In the past some have speculated hurricanes help the economy because of increased spending.

The Category 4 storm's projected track - which once had the Palmetto State in its crosshairs - leaned west Friday. However, the margin of error is still large enough that the entire state may get Irma's powerful core.

A statement on Georgetown County's official Facebook page said, "We still anticipate some impacts from Hurricane Irma, based on its current track". Instead of slow-moving rains, Irma poses the most danger with high winds and storm surge.

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