Tropical Storm Irma causing flooding, power outages in SC, governor says

He also addressed concerns for those "looters and mischief makers" on the barrier islands that have been evacuated.

After breaking records in Jacksonville, Florida, Tropical Storm Irma continued to move north, flooding parts of coastal Georgia and SC and lashing metro Atlanta with strong winds.

On Hilton Head Island's north end, Anthony Johnson and Quintin Smalls said they were staying put.

The "Frozen" star is in Orlando filming a movie and staying at a hotel at the Walt Disney World resort.

The tropical storm, which stretched about 650 miles east to west, was affecting at least nine states, causing rain from eastern MS to the Carolinas.

Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall says evacuees from other states have put 124,000 more vehicles than normal on interstates 95 and 20 in SC. "But just if you looked at the bigger weather map and saw the counterclockwise rotation of Irma, juxtaposed with a clockwise high-pressure rotation over the Atlantic, Charleston was like in the pincer of those two motions that has driven wind and hurricane bands nearly directly into our city".

◆ Isolated tornadoes are possible Monday and Monday night. The Post and Courier said the storm had generated a 9.9-foot tide, the third highest on record for the city, prompting authorities to issue a flash flood emergency.

"This time we were more prepared", she said.

But western parts of the state are still in Monday's forecast cone as Irma diminishes from a hurricane to a tropical depression.

Nearby states also began to feel the wallop of Irma on Monday.

The city was again spared from a direct hit by a hurricane, as has been its good fortune for more than 90 years running. How? He doesn't believe this storm, moving more quickly, will be so devastating.

The massive storm triggered evacuation orders for 5.6 million people before it made two landfalls in the state Sunday.

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

Authorities are issuing a curfew for people remaining on five barrier islands in SC under orders to leave.

The amount of rain that falls will lessen significantly beyond the Southeast as Irma runs into a large area of dry air over the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and Northeast.

Irma is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it brushes by South Carolina Monday and into Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center, but heavy rains - up to 10 inches - and winds up to 50 miles per hour are possible.

"The hurricane gave us a little break by going in slightly another direction from what was planned, but it's still a risky storm", McMaster said today.

He said the 146,784 outages are primarily in Charleston, Beaufort, Lexington and Richland counties.

"Everybody's going to feel this one", Feltgen said.

  • Leroy Wright