South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Wednesday by executive order ahead of Hurricane Irma’s possible arrival.
The order lets all state agencies coordinate resources in preparation for Hurricane Irma. The storm is currently a Category 5, the strongest, but he said Irma could possibly downgrade if she makes her way to the Palmetto State.
McMaster urged residents to prepare for a storm that could be comparable to Hurricane Hugo, which struck the S.C. coast in 1989.