Governor McMaster to Address SC at 2pm, ABC Columbia will Carry Live

South Carolina Government									South Carolina's evacuation routes

"There will be no other evacuations for other counties", McMaster said.

Forecasts early Friday showed the storm likely to head north through Florida and into Georgia and Tennessee. The storm is projected to make landfall Sunday night or Monday morning near the Florida keys, possibly on the western side of the state.

Counties on the barrier islands impacted were Colleton, Jasper and Beaufort. Heavy rains could lead to flash flooding or river flooding throughout next week.

Here is a list of open shelters: Colleton County: Colleton Middle School, 1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive in Walterboro.

Andrew Sussman, the state's hurricane program manager, said Friday the total includes people throughout the southern half of the state as well as those living in inland Florida in substandard housing who were also told leave due to the risky storm that will slam the state this weekend.

State forecasters remained uncertain of the storm's path and cautioned that SC residents should remain vigilant.

"Right now we're making sure we have the right people and materials in the right places, and we're making plans to keep our customers and employees safe and communicating with them throughout the storm", said Aimee Murray, a spokeswoman for South Carolina Electric and Gas Co.

Meteorologists warned the surges could flood low-lying coastal areas, especially during high tide, damaging docks and piers and eroding beaches.

The governor has rescinded part of his executive order calling for the evacuation of health centers along the coast. The shelters are now only for South Carolinians, but they are preparing to receive residents from Florida and Georgia should they be needed. Now, only the 27 facilities and three hospitals in Beaufort and Jasper counties are being required to evacuate, the governor said.

Regardless, McMaster wants residents to get out of harm's way ahead of the killer storm, which is packing winds of 175 mph and sending hurricane-force winds 50 miles from its center.

He said officials will wait until they know more about the storm's possible route and intensity before identifying the counties to be evacuated, though he said he is "99 percent sure" the evacuation order will become effective Saturday morning and will involve at least coastal counties. He said closure decisions will be made by individual school districts. That track could take Irma west of SC.

City of Columbia and Richland County will be closed Monday.

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