COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Dozens of South Carolina residents are seeking protection from Hurricane Irma at several emergency shelters set up statewide.
At this time, the state remains completely out of the 'cone of uncertainty' for Irma's track but officials say don't let your guard down. South Carolina is expected to be impacted by severe weather, including tornadoes, heavy rains, flooding and high winds as the system makes its way through the Southeast.
Officials with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) say everyone should have emergency plans in place including places to travel if you need to evacuate.
If you or your family need shelter, below is a list of the SC shelters and the time they opened on Saturday:
- style="text-align: justify;">Colleton County – OPENED 9 A.M. SATURDAY: Colleton County Middle School, 1379 Tuskegee Airmen Dr. - Walterboro, S.C.
- style="text-align: justify;">Jasper County - OPENED 10 A.M. SATURDAY: Ridgeland High Junior-Elementary Complex, 250 Jaguar Trail, Ridgeland, S.C.
- style="text-align: justify;">Richland County – OPENED 12 P.M. SATURDAY: Dent Middle School, 2721 Decker Blvd., Columbia, S.C.
- style="text-align: justify;">Sumter County - OPEN 5 P.M. ON SUNDAY: Crestwood High School, 2000 Oswego Road, Sumter, S.C.
During a press conference on Sunday, officials working with the Governor's office and SCEMD says there was a total of 23 shelters open as of Sunday at 5 p.m. with the ability to hold more than 13,000 folks in need.
For a full list of closures, click here.
Another shelter to recently open is in Kershaw County.
- Kershaw County will OPEN an American Red Cross Disaster Shelter on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at 5 p.m. for citizens who feel uncomfortable staying home during possible severe weather. The shelter will be located at The Camden High School Gymnasium (1022 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden, SC 29020). The shelter will be staff by The American Red Cross and The South Carolina Department of Social Services with 24-hour monitoring by The Camden Police Department. Meals will be served by The Kershaw County School District.
If you plan to visit a shelter, officials say you may want to bring the following items:
- Bring your own pillows, blankets, and cots as these items might not be available at every location.
- If you are on a restricted diet, bring your own specialty food items.
Additional shelters will open if they are needed, according to SCEMD officials. You can view a full updated list of shelters opened on the SCEMD website.