(AP) — The eye of Hurricane Irma is moving west-northwest off the Dominican Republic’s northern coast as the Category 5 storm continues its destructive path over the Caribbean.
Authorities say the storm has killed at least 10 people.
Irma continues to move towards the mainland U.S. and could make landfall near Charleston as a category 1 storm late Monday after moving up the coast from Florida.
As of 5 a.m. EDT Thursday, the hurricane was centered about 95 miles north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and is moving at about 17 mph with maximum sustained winds near 180 mph.
The S.C. Emergency Management Division issued guidelines on how to prepare for the storm.
Residents living on the state’s coast are urged to prepare for possible evacuations and take steps to secure their homes and emergency supplies, while Upstate and Midlands residents are warned to prepare for possible tornadoes and flooding and monitor weather reports.
WSPA contributed to this report
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER UPDATES
- No current storm in NHC Atlantic Wallet 1No current storm in NHC AT1 as of Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:11:16 GMT