Hurricane Irma: Mandatory evacuations likely Saturday in SC

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"We are making our best judgment", based on the information available and input from professionals, McMaster said. The hurricane now is expected to churn through Florida and then Georgia.

Under the projected track released Friday, the tropical system is expected to sweep into Alabama Monday morning bringing sustained winds of up to 30 miles per hour, with higher gusts in the eastern part of the state.

The mandatory evacuation will take effect at 10:00 a.m. on September 9 for Barrier Islands in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties.

That order is aimed at preventing a repeat of October 2015, when bursting and overflowing dams amid historic 24-inch rains worsened deadly flooding.

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A Red Cross shelter was set up at the Skamania County Fairgrounds, across the Columbia River in Stevenson, Washington. Locals in the Portland area are comparing all the ash and soot to the aftermath of the volcanic eruption of Mount St.

Andrew Sussman, the state's hurricane program manager, said Friday the total includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing who were also told leave due to the risky storm that will slam the state this weekend.

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.

"Even so", Nicosia added in an email to the media and emergency managers, "there is way too much uncertainty this far out and we need to remain vigilant by being prepared in the event the storm track changes (and it could)".

The likelihood of storm surge in the coastal areas of SC also is increasing, which could lead to "significant coastal flooding", according to the National Weather Service. The latest forecasts predict the storm will skirt along South Carolina's western border.

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The separatists have called for a shutdown on September 10 against the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The raids are being conducted also at various locations in Srinagar and frontier district of Kupwara.

The largest barrier island involved in the evacuation is Hilton Head, which has a permanent population of more than 40,000. Those shelters, if needed, will have a capacity of 45,350.

McMaster ordered 143 health care facilities along South Carolina's coast to evacuate their patients.

Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner said the surge will come on top of high tides, called "King" tides.

He said officials will wait until they know more about the storm's possible route and intensity before identifying the counties to be evacuated, though he said he is "99 percent sure" the evacuation order will become effective Saturday morning and will involve at least coastal counties.

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Sevastova eventually forced the tiebreak and hurt her chances with a couple hitting errors while Stephens played crisp tennis. It's wonderful to see her back and play incredible . "What she's gone through is unimaginable, unreasonable", Williams said.

The University of South Carolina, Allen and Benedict universities, Columbia College, and the Richland 1, 2, Lexington 1, 2 and Lexington-Richland 5 school districts will be closed Monday.

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