Hurricane Irma: South Carolina declares state of emergency as US braced for 185mph winds

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

SOUTH Carolina has declared a state of emergency as the US braces for the potential arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Wed, Sep 6, 2017

The category 5 storm, which has winds of 185mph, has already caused huge devastation in the Caribbean.

And Irma, the fastest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, could now be moving towards the US.

South Carolina’s Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Wednesday evening declaring a state of emergency in the southeastern state.

Officials are now rushing to prepare for any possible impact from the storm.

Mr McMaster said: “The state of emergency allows one of the best, most experienced emergency response teams in the entire world to begin organising response efforts.

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

The governor said the state could be at risk from wind, heavy rains and tornadoes as the hurricane travels towards the US.

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