SC governor considers Saturday evacuations as Hurricane Irma threatens

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He stopped short of actually ordering a mandatory evacuation, but said those plans are based on the current information coming in on the projected path of Hurricane Irma and its potential impact on SC.

Acting on a recommendation from the state's Emergency Operations Command in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Gov. Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency for 30 coastal counties.

USA president Donald Trump has approved the Palmetto State's emergency declaration, issuing an order on Thursday afternon confirming that "an emergency exists in the State of SC".

Irma is expected to hit Savannah, Georgia Monday evening before continuing to Hilton Head Island in SC as a Category 3 storm.

He said any mandatory evacuation order would at least involve coastal counties but could include additional counties depending on where the storm would most likely make landfall.

Emergencies were declared in multiple Southeast states as the coast prepared for the possible impacts of Hurricane Irma, and along the coast of Georgia, residents were told they'd need to leave their homes this weekend. Gas shortages in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area worsened on Thursday, with sales up to five times the norm.

The National Hurricane Center also put Georgia and the Carolinas on alert as concerns mount that the storm could head up the east coast.

The College of Coastal Georgia is requiring all students to evacuate its Brunswick campus no later than 6 p.m. today.

State emergency officials said they don't want people to panic but want those in hurricane-prone areas to be prepared.

The school will remain closed until Tuesday.

Here's a closer look at how Georgia and the Carolinas are preparing for Irma.

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