Irma still expected to 'hit us hard,' SC Gov. McMaster says

Irma still expected to 'hit us hard,' SC Gov. McMaster says

Bryson said he is still mostly concerned about the threat posed to Georgia's coast, although there is also the potential for hazardous weather farther inland in south Georgia.

Valdosta State University still lies directly in the predicted path of Hurricane Irma and could suffer from 40-80 miles per hour winds on Monday as early as noon. They are on their way to help partners in Florida and Georgia.

In all, the Georgia Department of Public Health facilitated moving a total of 59 infants on life support-from hospitals in the Savannah area to other hospitals in metro Atlanta and the rest of Georgia that are not expected to be impacted by hurricane-force winds.

The Florida state government is calling for evacuations and preparation all over the state. "So once the storm leaves, we're through with response operations, we can seaway smoothly into recovery and try to identify any housing needs for people that are displaced from whatever the storm brings us".

Adjutant General Robert Livingston said 650 Guard members, including an infantry battalion and a transportation company, will be deployed to Georgia and Florida to deal with expected storm damage there.

"The first thing I ask them is where did they live in Charleston County when Hugo came through".

Chief Susan Loeffler with The DeKalb County Emergency Management Center said they are keeping an eye on the storm and will open shelters as needed. Carriers added flights and capped fares ahead of the storm, after travelers complained of sky-high prices.

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Irma's storm surge isn't expected to be as severe as Hugo's, but if the current predictions are correct it could have the same impact of a Category 1 hurricane.

"In what's predicted to be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida in 25 years, our teams are closely watching forecasts and have implemented full hurricane preparedness as a precaution", Cargill said.

McMaster has ordered the evacuation of barrier islands in Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties, including Hilton Head Island, Hunting Island and Edisto Beach.

On Thursday, an extra 27,000 vehicles were on the state's roads.

Some stores ran out of items Wednesday or Thursday, when it looked like Irma would have a bigger impact on SC.

He said the state has experienced some fuel shortages at individual stations, but said the state is not running out of fuel. Lexington County's White Knoll High School is also on stand-by for use.

The risks for tornadoes will be greatest during Monday, but the risk will ramp up along S.C. coasts Sunday night into early Monday.