Nathan Deal says his state of emergency declaration will "very likely" be expanded to include more counties now that Hurricane Irma appears to be shifting to the west.
"I need to say and need to make it clear, if we had to evacuate the whole coast starting at 10 o'clock tomorrow as we are prepared to do, we are prepared to do it", McMaster said at an earlier news conference on Friday.
Knowing your evacuation routes and prepare options for overnight lodging. "That may change at 6 o'clock this evening".
"So when you refuse to evacuate when a mandatory order has been issued, you have said you're going to do it on your own", he said. That evacuation order remains for healthcare facilities in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper Counties.
McMaster said he is leaving it up to local school districts to decide whether to cancel classes for early next week. Forty-three is way past the number that we would normally open.
The bank said today the decision was made for the safety of its employees and customers based on the severity of storm forecasts.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster also declared an emergency for that neighboring state as officials assessed the chances of receiving a major hurricane strike there for the first time in almost 28 years. There is a tremendous amount of stress now on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. "Let's be good hosts", the governor said.
Thousands of drivers packed both Interstate 95 and 75; other evacuees hit the airport to get out of town. There's "plenty" of supplies, and the county's gas stations will be replenished on Thursday, the mayor said. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has asked people to report price gouging at the pump online or by calling (877)-5-NO-SCAM. "It may take them a little while because the path of the storm is actually heading toward Georgia and Alabama". "I am concerned about spot shortages due to a panic".
Irma's winds were 185 miles per hour Tuesday, a strong Category 5 storm, and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said it could strengthen more as it neared the eastern-most Caribbean islands. A hurricane watch has already been issued for parts of south Florida, and a state of emergency has been issued in Florida, the Carolinas and Georgia.