Gov McMaster speaks with Trump, gives latest update on Irma

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference at 2:00 p.m. on September 10, regarding Hurricane Irma and its potential impact for South Carolina.

Hurricane force winds hit at 9:10 a.m. in the Florida Keys this morning, with tropical force winds at 190 mph.

“As you can tell this is a serious storm,” says Gov. McMaster, “Fortunately it’s not hitting us like we thought it might.”

The Lowcountry could experience storm impact on Monday, with up to 60 mph winds. Gov. McMaster also reiterated the issue for water remains, with 4-6 feet storm surges.

After requesting federal disaster equipment, Gov. McMaster says he received a call from President Trump at Camp David this morning.

“He assured me he was willing to do anything we need for the people of South Carolina,” says McMaster.

He also addressed concerns for those ‘looters and mischief makers’ on the barrier islands that have been evacuated.

“Let me make it perfectly clear, we have absolutely no tolerance for anyone who would try to take advantage of this storm,” McMaster assures.

According to the SLED chief, 121 state police officers and national guardsmen will continue to monitor the area.

Other key takeaways from the presser:

  • 23 shelters will be open in SC by the end of the day – find more from
  • An emergency hotline is available at 1-866-246-0133
  • Gas is NOT running out
  • Hunting Island State Park & Edisto State Beach closed indefinitely
  • US 17 is closed at the border due to winds
  • Movable bridges will close when winds reach 25 mph
  • To report price gouging, call 803-737-3953 or email

Stay tuned to News 3 for the next press conference.

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