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Gov. Deal extends state of emergency to all of Georgia

Gov. Deal extends state of emergency to all of Georgiaā€¯

Water will be cut off Sunday at 4 p.m. on Fripp, Harbor and Hunting Islands. Hurricane force winds now extend outward more than sixty miles from the center of circulation - while tropical storm force winds extend outward for 185 miles.

More than half of Georgia, including the entire southern half of the state, is now under a state of emergency as Hurricane Irma slugs its way toward Florida.

"We have a lot of people trained to respond", McMaster said.

He reported that fuel is continuing to be delivered to gas stations from terminals in Charleston, Augusta and Belton. "Let's be good hosts", the governor said.

"We're not 100 percent sure what the structure of the hurricane is going to look like, the intensity, if it's still a tropical system or has it gone to more extra tropical characteristics where you're not getting as much tropical feed and tropical influence on the hurricane which wouldn't cause as much rain", Morrow said.

Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency.

Henry McMaster has ordered that all forms of state funding for abortion facilities be stopped, saying the state does not need to support abortion clinics in order to grant women access to family planning services.

State transportation officials announced that vehicles left unattended along interstates I-26, I-77, I-85 and I-95 in North Carolina will be towed to help keep traffic moving as traffic volume has increased tremendously as residents from other states evacuate, Cooper said.

"If you can leave now, go ahead", McMaster told a news conference Thursday. "The last thing we wanted was to be stuck in our auto which is a lot more risky".

Residents in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and SC should be preparing for severe impacts from Irma.

SCE&G says they are prepared to fix power issues as they come. Exceptions are allowed, but hospitals must cancel any previously scheduled elective surgeries and stop admitting any non-emergency patient.

The main threat in the Lowcountry is coastal flooding from the likely combination of high seasonal tides and Irma's rain.

However, forecasters warn tropical storm force winds could extend 190 miles away from the storm's center, and are expected to extend as far as 270 miles as the storm moves inland from Florida to Georgia, impacting SC. It was expected to strengthen before hitting Florida.

Governor McMaster says what worries him the most is the wind and flooding potential to hurt people and destroy property.

Richland: Dent Middle School, 2721 Decker Boulevard, in Columbia.

A total of 11 shelters have opened across the state and as of noon on Sunday, 264 evacuees were making use of them. There also were other shelters on standby.



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