Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Hurricane Irma: Donald Trump Approves SC Disaster Declaration

Triangle residents prepare for Irma; NC impact remains uncertain 'Now is the Time to Prepare,' SC Governor Tells the State
Jerome Frank | 08 September, 2017, 00:51

"I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible", Governor Nathan Deal said in a statement.

Sprayberry recommending that smartphone users download the Ready NC app, which will include suggestions on building an emergency kit, evacuation routes and shelter locations and other emergency information.

Gov. Ray Cooper declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon.

"We think we are as well prepared as we could possibly be", he said in the Oval Office.

North Carolina is still several days away from feeling the effects of Irma, but could begin to feel wind from the storm Sunday and see rough surf and beach erosion as early as today. The powerful storm, now at Category 5, is expected to reach SC late Monday.

"We would likely feel the effects in the Monday, Tuesday time frame, but I can not stress enough the amount of uncertainty", meteorologist Scott Sharp said. With the memories of flooding and damage from last year's Hurricane Matthew still on the minds of so many, officials had little problem stirring residents to action. The executive order also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on state active duty to support Hurricane Irma response and recovery.

"It's time to get your family, your pets and your businesses ready for Irma", the governor said.

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