Governor orders evacuations of SC barrier islands as Irma approaches

The forecasted track of Hurricane Irma

The forecasted track of Hurricane Irma

As for rainfall, the Upstate should receive an estimated four to six inches, an amount comparable to what the area experienced during October 2015's 1,000 Year Flood.

McMaster says there are No other evacuations ordered. A decision would more likely come over the weekend as the forecast becomes more clear.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster Friday evening ordered barrier islands in three counties along the state's southern coast to evacuate ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

Officials have opened shelters for evacuees at Colleton Middle School in Colleton County, Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School in Jasper County, and Bluffton and Battery Creek high schools in Beaufort County.

But experts warned S.C. residents to expect power outages and possible damage to poorly built mobile homes, trees, signs and outbuildings.

Officials said the evacuation of medical facilities in Jasper, Beaufort, Colleton facilities is going well. Heavy rains could lead to flash flooding or river flooding throughout next week.

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Emergency officials in SC are warning residents to remain alert as Hurricane Irma approaches. But Derrec Becker with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said the path is too uncertain for people to relax.

Major coastal flooding is possible, threatening to cut off many coastal areas, including routes to and from barrier islands.

Irma, the swirling, monster category 4 storm expected to make landfall in South Florida before moving up Florida and deeper into the southeast.

Representatives with the Aiken County EOC said the storm models have shifted slightly west, but they are still expecting to receive tropical storm-force winds of 75 to 85 miles per hour sometime between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning. The governor asks that South Carolinians try not to top off their vehicles everyday. He also said he doesn't believe he will need to close schools statewide next week.

More than 42,000 were forced to evacuate Hilton Head Island Saturday morning.

The Columbia area is unlikely to experience hurricane-force winds but could see tornadoes Monday, forecasters said around midday Saturday.

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