Irma is looking more and more Tampa-bound, forecasters say

The winds and sea are whipped up off of the Rickenbacker Causeway as two people cross the street in Miami as Hurricane Irma approaches on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. ( Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Mike Stocker

COLUMBIA -- Gov. Henry McMaster held a media briefing with state emergency response officials Saturday afternoon to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina and the progress of evacuation efforts.

SATURDAY TEAM S.C. NUMBERS

44,457 affected by the evacuation in barrier islands:

  • 532 in Edisto Beach
  • 468 on Dafuskie Island
  • 743 on Fripp Island
  • 105 Harbor Island
  • 168 Hunting Island
  • 42,000 Hilton Head Island
  • 409 Knowles Island
  • 32 Tullifiny Island

1,349 National Guardsmen on duty

1,696 troopers and local law enforcement on duty

107 state guardsmen on duty

264 SLED, PPP, DNR agents on duty

MOU-FLORIDA – "Today I signed a memorandum of understanding with Governor Rick Scott of Florida to provide assistance from our first responders, law enforcement, national guard, state fire rescue teams and other agencies as needed," McMaster said.

TRAFFIC: Traffic along our interstates 95 and 26 is moving along with no significant congestion.

FUEL: Fuel is continuing to be delivered to stations from terminals in Charleston, Augusta and Belton. Branded gas stations (Exxon, BP etc) are not experiencing shortages because they have contracts with the major oil companies. Independent non-branded stations purchase fuel on the “spot” market and are able to purchase what is left over – which is why some are experiencing shortages.

EVACUEES – "Not only are we opening shelters for South Carolinians, we are now preparing shelters to receive Floridians and Georgians – should they be needed," McMaster said.

SHELTERS OPEN

Colleton County

Colleton Middle School -1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive Walterboro

Jasper County

Ridgeland High Junior and Elementary School - 250 Jaguar Trail – Ridgeland

Richland

Dent Middle School - 2721 Decker Blvd – Columbia

(Opening 9 a.m. Sunday)

Beaufort County

Bluffton High School -12 H.C. McCracken Circle - Bluffton

Battery Creek High - 1 Blue Dolphin Drive - Beaufort

SHELTERS ON STANDBY

Allendale

Fairfax Elementary School - 734 East 14th Street - Fairfax

Allendale Elementary School - 4561 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy – Allendale

Charleston

North Charleston High School - 1087 East Montague Avenue - North Charleston

Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road - North Charleston

Dorchester

Oakbrook Middle School - 286 Old Fort Dr. - Ladson

Fort Dorchester High - 8500 Patriot Blvd - North Charleston

Dubose Middle -1005 Dubose School Rd - Summerville

Hampton

Hampton Elementary School - 505 S Hoover Street - Hampton

Estill High School - 1450 Columbia Hwy North – Estill

Orangeburg

Bethune Bowman Middle/High School - 4857 Charleston Hwy - Rowesville

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School - 601 Bruin Parkway – Orangeburg

Williamsburg

Kingstree Senior High (East Campus) - 615 MLK Jr. Ave - Kingstree

DAMS: Based on my executive order, DHEC has inspected 51 dams in the state and identified eight that they will monitor and follow up on when the rains begin.

HOTELS: Hotel rooms are available in Myrtle Beach. They is also availability in the Upstate.

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