Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Hurricane Irma keeps SC on edge

Hurricane Irma keeps SC on edge

David Lohr, Travis Waldron and Sebastian Murdock contributed reporting from Florida.

In areas where peak surge coincided with high tide, water levels were predicted to rise as much as 4 to 6 feet above normally dry land from the northeast Florida coast to the central SC coast on the storm's Atlantic side, and from near Clearwater, the state's Big Bend area on the Gulf of Mexico side.

Hurricane Irma stumbles on Folly Beach with up to 72 miles per hour storm winds. Forecasters expect Irma to become a tropical depression on Tuesday.

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Emergency management officials also stressed that widespread flooding and the storm surge were still issues in the Lowcountry on top of the potential for tornadoes. "It's disgusting, what we saw", Scott said.

For Quitman, Clay and Randolph Counties tropical storm force winds are likely. At least 36 people were killed in the Caribbean as the storm closed in on the US mainland.

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Elsewhere in the state, many cities remained virtually deserted even as storm conditions subsided. As a result, state officials are stressing residents should not travel to Charleston at this time.

Big airports in Florida remain closed, and flight cancellations are spreading along the track of Tropical Storm Irma outside Florida. Delta Air Lines is scrapping 900 flights Monday, including many at its Atlanta hub.

Water levels will continue to be elevated above normally dry land along parts of the Gulf and Atlantic coasts from central Florida to coastal SC.

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Irma made two landfalls on Sunday: Over the Florida Keys and one on Marco Island, Fla. Facebook groups were forming Monday to help from afar. We stay mostly dry, so the weather will co-operate during the clean-up process from Irma.

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