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Irene's threat to S.C. remains unclear

Aug 24, 2011 11:47:00 AM - thestate.com
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 state’s 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 don’t need to flee the coast and panic,” Haley said during a Tuesday evening news conference at the state’s Emergency Management Division, the state’s primary coordination center for disasters, located in Columbia. “Everything is moving together nicely. We’re doing everything to make sure we’re ready.”

Among the preparations under way, according to Haley:

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