Sunday, September 10, 2017

Flooding and powerful winds remain key concerns for South Carolina residents as Irma makes Florida landfall

Governor asks residents to remain vigilant

Posted by Dustin Waters on Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

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As Hurricane Irma finally makes landfall in Florida, South Carolina emergency officials called for potential 60 mile-per-hour winds and dramatic storm surge when Irma eventually passes to the west of the state.

The National Weather Service predicts that the main storm threats from Irma will be flooding along the lower and central coast. As much as 6 feet of inundation is estimates to hit South Carolina's southern coastal area on Monday, with high tide in Charleston arriving around noon.

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida officials Sunday to provide emergency personnel as needed for the storm-ravaged state. No major gas shortages were reported by the governor, as delivers continue across the state. The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates an additional 124,000 vehicles have entered state roadways over recent days as evacuees flee Florida and Georgia.

As of Saturday evening, the state Attorney General's Office has received around 210 complaints regarding possible price gouging. Most complaints relate to fuel prices, while 10 percent concern the sale of water and lodging prices.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered in eight barrier islands along South Carolina's coast, beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. Gov. McMaster said Sunday that compliance with the evacuation order has been good, but sweeps for those remaining continue.

"Right now we're hoping for the best and preparing for the worst," McMaster reiterated Sunday. "The hurricane seems to be going away from us, but that doesn't mean it's going to keep going away, so be vigilant."

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