SC governor gives update on Hurricane Irma preparations

McMaster commented on the westward shifts in Irma's track, which he said has relieved the tension felt by state officials.

McMaster also said he plans to allow local school districts to decide whether to close next week and he has rescinded part of his order Thursday evacuating patients from healthcare facilities in a number of counties.

Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Irma, residents on those islands should prepare to evacuate their homes beginning tomorrow, Saturday, September 9 at 10 a.m. He said fuel is continuing to be delivered to all branded gas stations such as Exxon and BP.

Traffic congestion has eased on S.C. interstates, down to 15 percent above the normal load. It is expected to strengthen before hitting Florida, forecasters say.

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The hurricane forecast's westward shift has "relieved some of the tension" in SC, said Gov. Henry McMaster at a Saturday briefing from the state's Emergency Management Division.

The governor signed a memorandum of understanding Saturday with Gov. Rick Scott of Florida to provide assistance from South Carolina's first responders, law enforcement, national guard and state fire rescue teams as needed.

McMaster took the opportunity to remind residents that even when the storm has passed, the challenges it brings will not be over.

He continued to urge remaining stragglers to get out while they still can. He said this could result in flash flooding, especially in the mountainous terrain and the Upstate.

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The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has opened a hotline for state residents who have questions about Hurricane Irma.

The deadly storm has devastated several islands in the Caribbean and caused massive evacuations across Florida and Georgia. Beaufort County: Bluffton High School, 12 H.C. McCracken Circle, in Bluffton; Battery Creek High, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, in Beaufort.

Richland: Dent Middle School, 2721 Decker Boulevard, in Columbia.

Shelters on standby: Allendale: Fairfax Elementary School, 734 East 14th Street, in Fairfax; Allendale Elementary School, 4561 Allendale-Fairfax Highway, in Allendale; Charleston: North Charleston High School, 1087 East Montague Avenue, in North Charleston; Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road, in North Charleston.

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