"A hurricane is coming our way," McMaster said Sunday at a news conference held at the
McMaster, predicting a "likely strong hit on
"Because you may not -- you may not -- be coming home for several days," McMaster said, directing people to SCEMD.org. "So be prepared. Be ready."
The latest projection for the path of the storm, released Sunday evening, showed the storm track centered just north of the Carolinas border with forecasters predicting it will be a "dangerous major hurricane" by the time it reaches the coast later in the week. McMaster on Sunday predicted
"Whatever happens, we're going to have a lot of rain and a lot of wind, even if the hurricane goes farther north," McMaster said.
The "winds with this one are predicted to be more powerful than they were on Hugo," McMaster said, referencing the 1989 hurricane that made landfall in
The state has submitted a request to
That formal request to Trump included this: "The potential storm surge, strong winds, and rainfall pose threats beyond state capability to manage including need for widespread search and rescue, rescue from swift water, long term sheltering operations, air operations in support of life saving and life sustaining missions, assistance with transportation of vulnerable populations, support for areas without power or drinking water, and other unforeseen consequences of the historic hurricane to which the state is currently vulnerable."
Livingston said they've also spoken with officials in
"It's still important to remember the cone of uncertainty still covers the entire
Asked when a determination would be made on evacuations, McMaster responded: "We'll be making the appropriate announcements at the appropriate time, with plenty of lead time and notice in advance. ... We are constantly reviewing and analyzing the information to determine what the best course of action is."
He added: "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best."
More developments from the weekend:
-- McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday, meaning the state can put hurricane preparations into effect and begin coordinating resources, and it allows the use of the
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