Hurricane Irma's effects possible in Rock Hill area early next week

Even intrepid Keys residents ready to evacuate ahead of Irma

Even intrepid Keys residents ready to evacuate ahead of Irma

Storm surge all depends on the tack of Irma. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power line crews provide assistance to other utilities when service to their customers is interrupted due to severe weather and have travelled as far away as NY to assist with restoration following Superstorm Sandy and New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Overall, the potential storm-related increase in gas buying in the coming days combined with delivery delays will likely cause gas prices to continue increasing into the weekend.

The Atlanta skyline is seen Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

South Carolina, he said, can expect to feel the outer tropical storm force winds on Monday.

- As of Monday night, Irma was centered about 95 miles south of Atlanta, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm threatens to wreak havoc in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee has it heads north. President Trump spoke to the governors in the states from the Camp David presidential retreat.

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Irma's reach, some 400 miles wide, led airlines to cancel some flights out of Columbia Metropolitan Airport, mostly to Atlanta, not far from where the storm's center passed.

"Chatham County's phased evacuation zones B and C are primarily at higher elevations than its coastline and provides a sufficient area to stage resources and necessary first responders preparing to serve the coast of Georgia in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma", the new executive order reads.

Some forecasts show Irma making landfall near Charleston and hooking inland, crossing SC into western North Carolina. City officials urged residents to stay off the streets as 3 feet (0.91 meters) of water above dry ground is expected overnight.

But people are heading back despite the warnings. A hurricane watch was also issued for the SC coast from the Georgia line to Edisto Beach, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Charleston. "He was on the roof at the height of the storm".

And a woman died when a tree fell on a vehicle in a private driveway, according to the website of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"I've been heartsick over it", said her owner, Cindy Voelz, 55.

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Georgia's governor on Thursday ordered almost 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn't seen in more than a century.

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Authorities say with the rain it could be several hours before the water recedes.

"I don't think people who have lived here a long time have ever seen flooding this bad", Gillen said.

"This is one where the entire state of Georgia has been affected by this hurricane slash tropical storm", Governor Nathan Deal said.

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