Hurricane Irma: The Latest From SC Governor

Lane reversals set for Charleston on Saturday

Patrick Gentry
September 07, 2017 - 4:14 pm

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, urging citizens to prepare for possible landfall from Hurricane Irma.

The hurricane's track remains uncertain, but category 5 Irma is taking aim at the East Coast. The latest forecast models released at 5 a.m. Wednesday show the storm heading toward the South Carolina coast and making landfall somewhere near the Georgia border Monday night as a category 2 storm.

In a press conference on Thursday, McMaster said lane reversals would begin on I-26 from Charleston to Columbia beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. He expects to issue an evacuation order for the coastline at the same time.

McMaster is expected to make a decision Friday on if any government officers and/or schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Emergency officials said they are conducting preparations for a category 4 hurricane, although Irma is expected to weaken before it reaches the Carolinas.

The South Carolina Attorney General also announced price-gouging laws were in effect, preventing scammers from taking advantage of the emergency situation.

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