S.C. Gov. issues state of emergency as Irma is expected to reach the state as a Category 3 or 4 storm

Henry McMaster, the Governor of South Carolina, has announced a “state of emergency” on Wednesday after reports said Hurrican Irma would be arriving in the country as a “major hurricane.”

The Governor issued a directive for all state agencies to prepare in case of a weather emergency.

Hurricane Irma is expected to reach South Carolina as a category 3 or 4 storm, judging by a Wednesday update by the National Weather Services in Columbia. The storm would then move inland crisscrossing the country’s inland and could affect regions from both the coastline and the Midlands.

“South Carolina is fortunate to have time to allow us to prepare for Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall,” Gov. McMaster said in a statement. “It is important that families and individuals in vulnerable areas use that time to review safety plans in case they are needed.”

“It’s too soon to rule out any possibilities,” Kim Stenson, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division president said in a statement. “Hurricane Irma is a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm’s way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time.”

As we previously reported, early on Wednesday morning, the storm made its first landfall over the northeast Caribbean, with the epicenter of the hurricane going over Barbuda heading to Puerto Rico and, after that, to Florida.

Irma has reached a Category 5 storm — the highest level a storm could reach on the Saffir-Simpson scale — and it has gained momentum traveling at 15 mph and having maximum sustained winds of 185 mph.

According to AccuWeather, Irma is considered the most potent tempest in the Atlantic, with Hurricane Allen being the only one who had surpassed it in 1980 with maximum sustained wind power of 190 mph.

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