Deal declares state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Irma

Triangle residents prepare for Irma; NC impact remains uncertain

"Ahead of Hurricane Irma, I've issued an executive order prohibiting price gouging and waiving rules and regulations for motor vehicles transporting supplies, equipment, personnel, goods and services associated with disaster assistance and relief", said Deal in a statement.

McMaster also ordered health care facilities along the coast to begin evacuations effective Thursday at 2 p.m.

Gov. Henry McMaster said he plans on issuing mandatory coastal evacuations starting at 10 a.m. Saturday along with a complete lane reversal of Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia as Hurricane Irma heads toward SC.

The storm's exact path is uncertain, but it could affect Georgia and the Carolinas early next week.

Gov. Henry McMaster says he is considering evacuation orders for parts of SC as Hurricane Irma threatens.

Deal said all eastbound ramps of I-16 will close at 8 a.m. Saturday and only westbound traffic will be allowed.

"Though it's too soon to tell just how Hurricane Irma will impact Georgia, we are urging everyone to take steps to prepare now", said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson.

Students at coastal colleges in Georgia have begun evacuating ahead of a potential Irma landfall.

The order affects the cities of Savannah and Brunswick in Georgia, which has not been hit by a Category 3 hurricane or higher since 1898, according to WSB-TV.

The school will remain closed until Tuesday. The state also will have a few hundred buses available to help evacuate people without transportation. Admission to the game is free.

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