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McMaster orders evacuation of several barrier islands

McMaster orders evacuation of several barrier islands

Residents of those eight islands - home to more than 44,400 - evacuated smoothly on Saturday, the governor said at a 2 p.m. press conference.

Governor McMaster said the greatest concern in SC is the storm surge.

Quagliariello said the hurricane's change in direction is good news for the state, but impacts are still expected from Hurricane Irma, and any shifts will change the impacted areas.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced on Saturday that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Florida Governor Rick Scott to provide assistance from the state's first responders.

A statement on Georgetown County's official Facebook page said, "We still anticipate some impacts from Hurricane Irma, based on its current track".

McMaster did not give a clear timeframe for when evacuation orders might be lifted, and pledged thorough inspections of state infrastructure following Irma to ensure the safety of citizens.

Watchdog: Iran complying with nuclear deal limits
However, the IAEA officials said they would not help the Trump administration make a false case for abandoning the agreement. Although Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany also signed on to the pact, Iran and the U.S. were the key players.

McMaster said that shelters will be open and others are available to open if needed.

Nevertheless, the State Emergency Operations Center moved to OPCON 1 on Saturday morning, fully activating the emergency team at the highest level in preparation for expected storm surges on the Lowcountry coast.

McMaster took the opportunity to remind residents that even when the storm has passed, the challenges it brings will not be over. Beaufort County: Bluffton High School, 12 H.C. McCracken Circle, in Bluffton; Battery Creek High, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, in Beaufort. "The hurricane seems to be going away from us, but that doesn't mean it's going to keep going away, so we have to be vigilant". The order still applied to three counties.

The deadly storm has devastated several islands in the Caribbean and caused massive evacuations across Florida and Georgia.

Asked if Charleston-area residents who have have already evacuated the coast should decide to return to the area, McMaster said it was up to those individuals to make the right decision, although he urged caution. But Derrec Becker with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division said the path is too uncertain for people to relax.

City of Columbia and Richland County will be closed Monday.

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