Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Gov. Cooper issues state of emergency ahead of Irma

Gov. Cooper issues state of emergency ahead of Irma

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

"We're continuing to take preparing for this storm seriously, and we're tracking forecasts closely", Cooper said.

Also, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency taking effect at 8 a.m. Thursday for the entire state. OPCON 3 ensures the appropriate specific hazard emergency plans are activated and ready should an emergency situation be imminent.

Irma is expected to then weaken to a tropical storm over southwest Georgia and southeast Alabama by Monday evening, before becoming a tropical depression near the Tennessee/Alabama border Tuesday night.

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In Coral Gables, near Miami, fallen trees made streets look like jungle, and damaged power lines could be heard buzzing. Hurricane Irma has set a new flood record in northeastern Florida, the National Weather Service said Monday morning.

While the latest forecast continues to indicate a northwestward track for Hurricane Irma, there is still the potential for severe weather across the state.

Officials sounded similarly dire warnings Wednesday across the Savannah River from Georgia's oldest city in SC. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has expanded the state of emergency to include 24 additional counties. He said there will be 2,000 available on Sunday and 5,000 on Tuesday. It also relaxes regulations on trucking to allow increased deliveries of storm relief supplies.

Cooper says the state is in a somewhat better position compared to Hurricane Matthew last October, when rains from an earlier storm swelled inland waterways by the time the center of the storm arrived.

The first area of priority is North Carolina, however, once the state's needs are met, Belvin said they will help neighboring states if needed. SC also evacuated much of its coast as Hurricane Matthew skimmed past, coming ashore north of Charleston with winds of 75 miles per hour (100 kph). Heavy rain, flash flooding (especially in low-lying areas) and landslides may occur in the mountains.

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