Gov. Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

Georgia Reed
September 8, 2017

Residents cleared out store shelves, grabbing the essentials as they prepared for the worst in cities like Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.

S.C. Adjutant General Bob Livingston said he is preparing for a Category 4 storm, though forecasts say Irma should be weaker than that when it arrives in 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 for 30 coastal counties.

Lane reversals also will take place out of Myrtle Beach (U.S. 501), Beaufort (U.S. 21) and Hilton Head Island (U.S. 278) under evacuation orders, state officials said during a news briefing Thursday.

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Chatham Emergency Management Agency Director Dennis Jones told Savannah Now the agency will begin its enhanced monitoring phase, called OPCON 4, on Wednesday. The order went into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday. "Irma is a powerful storm".

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, also declared a state of emergency.

"We would likely feel the effects in the Monday, Tuesday time frame, but I can not stress enough the amount of uncertainty", meteorologist Scott Sharp said.

Sharp said models have been inconsistent as to when and where the hurricane will turn north and that people in the Piedmont should be paying attention to the storm this weekend and preparing as necessary.

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