NC governor declares state of emergency due to Irma

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2017

In addition, In the days leading up to Irma's possible landfall in SC, law enforcement officers have emphasized to residents the importance of packing up their medication before evacuating.

Hurricane Irma could make landfall in southern SC as a strong category 2 or 3 hurricane, according to the latest update on Thursday by state forecasters.

Even without a direct hit on North Carolina, Hurricane Irma is expected to bring heavy winds and rain to the state beginning Monday and North Carolinians need to be prepared, Gov. Roy Cooper said Saturday. OPCON 3 ensures the appropriate specific hazard emergency plans are activated and ready should an emergency situation be imminent.

Cooper added that statewide preparedness was "crucial", and said emergency management teams were continuing to take the "large and powerful storm seriously".

"We don't have a sturdy enough facility to support a major category storm", Jones said, adding that "first responders, critical workforce" and others would establish operations further inland in Statesboro, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) west of Savannah.

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The effects of Irma in SC are expected to include periods of heavy rain that may lead to flooding, strong winds to tropical storm force or greater, and isolated tornadoes.

"Stay in place", said Governor Nathan Deal in a news conference Sunday evening. "They are not immune to trees falling on them".

Earlier in the day, the governor expanded the state of emergency to all of Georgia's 159 counties.

He noted SC is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew a year ago and massive flooding in 2015. SC also evacuated much of its coast as Hurricane Matthew skimmed past, coming ashore north of Charleston with winds of 75 miles per hour (100 kph).

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