Irma Downgraded to Tropical Storm, Reaches South Carolina

South Carolina was hit by Tropical Storm Irma Monday, as the former hurricane made its way past Florida, The Hill reports. The massive storm brought whipping winds and rain after moving its way up the East coast, leading to Charleston to experience its third-highest-recorded storm surge with nearly 10 feet of water building up a mile inland, several news outlets have reported.

Nearly 250,000 people across the Palmetto State had no power by Monday afternoon and over 160 roads were closed as a result of downed trees and flooding, CBS reports.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster urged South Carolinians to avoid driving as a result of the precarious road conditions. “There’s no need to put yourself or your family or first responders at risk,” McMaster stressed.

Irma made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane in the Florida Keys early Sunday, bringing dangerous storm surges to the Sunshine State after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean.

Florida ordered a record 6.3 million people to evacuate from coastal and southern areas, and opened more than 400 shelters.

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