SC governor's next Irma update expected Monday afternoon


All surge and tropical storm warnings have been dropped, but there were flash flood watches in effect for parts of the southern Appalachians, forecasters said. There is a 20% chance the storm will gain tropical characteristics if it stays organized as it moves through an unfavorable environment.

SC officials say a man was killed in a wreck on a wet and windy interstate as Irma moved past. On Monday, President Donald Trump has approved a state of emergency declaration in Alabama after speaking to Gov. Kay Ivey on the phone the day before, the White House announced.

The Department of Natural Resources is monitoring water levels to monitor river flooding. Rainfall could raise concerns about flash flooding by Tuesday morning. The major issue there are power outages from trees that fell over power lines.

It made two USA landfalls, both in Florida. The National Hurricane Center said Irma is "a life-threatening situation", urging people to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.

SC prepares for heavy rain, strong winds and surging surf from Hurricane Irma while expecting the storm's center to miss most of the state.

Governor McMaster ended the presser with a message to those who have not left following evacuation orders.

"They're all secure, happy, safe, for the duration", he said.

South Carolina Electric & Gas reported more than 13,000 customers without service Monday. "For many people, supplies are running low and anxiety is running high", the statement said. Officials asked residents not to leave their homes if they are downtown, and they asked others not to enter downtown.

What's left of Irma was moving to the north-northwest at 10 miles per hour. However, Irma's rain bands (as well as its gusty winds and heavy rain) extend as much as 200-400 miles from the center of the storm.

The full breadth of the damage statewide remains unknown, though, with communications and travel cut off by high winds and flooding.

"The windows started cracking, and these are massive-impact windows".

The storm has been blamed for more than 40 deaths, including six in Florida.

Two people were killed in Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys.

Tain is the second person killed in SC during Irma.

Another fatality was from a vehicle crash in Orange County in central Florida.

At least one person died.

If you look at the path Irma will take, you may find yourself saying, "Irma is expected to be far away from South Carolina's: that's a good thing".

Some chose to go to shelters, others made a decision to hunker down at home to ride out the storm.

One displaced resident told WIS-TV the tree crashed through her apartment to the one below, taking furniture with it. "The main thing we worry about is the safety of the people". Duke Energy reported the biggest problems with 100,000 customers without service.

McMaster and his disaster readiness team on Sunday offered updates about Irma, which hit Florida but wasn't expected to directly cross SC.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said almost 30 states had deployed personnel and resources to help with the response to Irma.