As Hurricane Irma’s path shifts, S.C. Governor declares state of emergency

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.

He said while uncertainty still remains with the storm and her path, now is the time for people to prepare in case the hurricane hits.
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