Irma power outages in S Carolina up to 250000

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The Post and Courier reported that at least 100 roads in the Charleston area were shut down due to storm surge flooding, and reported that by 10:30 a.m., NOAA's tidal gauge in the area was at 7.5 feet.

Shawn Gillen, Tybee Island's city manager, said waters appeared to be receding quickly but the flooding was extensive on the island of more than 3,000 residents. The order affects Edisto Beach in Colleton County; Daufuskie, Fripp, Hunting, Harbor and Hilton Head islands in Beaufort County; and Knolls and Tullifeeny islands in Jasper County.

Officials in Beaufort County say they will assess the damage from Tropical Storm Irma at daylight Tuesday and hope to have an announcement on whether evacuated residents can return a short time later.

The governor did not rule out more evacuations.

As far as fuel, McMaster says there are a few gas shortages and outages but they are not a statewide issue.

"There's no need to put yourself or your family or first responders at risk", he said.

DHEC has established a Coastal Permitting Information Line (803-898-8192) to address questions pertaining to repairs and maintenance for structures in the critical areas of SC following Tropical Storm Irma. As of Friday evening, the storm is expected to reach Florida this weekend as a Category 4 or 5 storm and travel up the state to Georgia where it should trail off to the northwest into Alabama or Tennessee.

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A similar warning covered parts of SC and most of eastern Alabama, where schools and businesses were closed Monday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said almost 30 states had deployed personnel and resources to help with the response to Irma. Georgetown County's official website, www.georgetowncountysc.org, has storm related information.

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Property owners should also report damage to structures, including homes, to local building officials.

"So we have plenty of room", McMaster said, "including for our friends coming from Georgia and Florida".

Floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irma transformed streets in Charleston into fast-flowing rivers Monday.

The storm winds of up to 40 miles per hour moved across the state. McMaster said discussions are already underway to allow re-entry to those areas, but no decision has been made yet. The Associated Press has also reported that a 48-year-old city worker for Columbia died after driving off the road during heavy rains, and in Sumter County, a 54-year-old man was pronounced dead from carbon monoxide poisoning after running a generator inside of his home.

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