SC governor considers Saturday evacuations as Hurricane Irma threatens

Gulf Co. Prepares for Hurricane Irma; Declares Emergency

Mandatory evacuations were ordered for the Georgia coast; they will go into effect on Saturday.

He stopped short of actually ordering a mandatory evacuation, but said those plans are based on the current information coming in on the projected path of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on SC.

Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Wednesday for six coastal counties.

Cooper added that many North Carolinians still lack a permanent home after being displaced by Hurricane Matthew previous year, and they will need to be cared for.

Georgia's governor is joining other states in doubling down on evacuation orders. One orders nursing homes and hospitals in seven counties on or near the coast to evacuate.




McMaster also signed two executive orders Thursday.

"It is not too soon to get ready", Cooper said. The powerful storm, now at Category 5, is expected to reach SC late Monday.

North Carolina Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry says while it's too early to know exactly how Hurricane Irma might affect his state, it is never too early to prepare.

"Just because it might be tropical storm, doesn't mean this storm isn't going to be unsafe, ' Cooper said".

"We can't save you once the storm starts", said Scott.

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