Gov. Nikki Haley will decide Thursday whether to order the evacuation of parts of the S.C. coast if Hurricane Irene is threatening the state.
Until then, Haley said the states residents and visitors should rest easy, adding state officials are monitoring the storm closely and making preparations.
It is possible Irene will make landfall over the North Carolina coast sometime Saturday, then move to the north near the Chesapeake Bay. However, because projections can be uncertain, it is also possible Irene could straddle the coast.
You dont need to flee the coast and panic, Haley said during a Tuesday evening news conference at the states Emergency Management Division, the states primary coordination center for disasters, located in Columbia. Everything is moving together nicely. Were doing everything to make sure were ready.
Among the preparations under way, according to Haley: