Gov. McMaster’s latest Hurricane Irma updates

COLUMBIA, SC (WBTW/AP) – South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a Hurricane Irma briefing Sunday at 2 p.m.

South Carolina ETV, the state’s public educational broadcasting network, hosted the governor’s briefing live. Click here to view the governor’s briefing at 2 p.m.

State emergency response officials along with Gov. McMaster will update South Carolinians on Irma’s potential impact to the state.

Gov. Henry McMaster says Hurricane Irma could cause damage in some parts of the state on par with last year’s Hurricane Matthew, which caused flooding and led to five deaths.

McMaster and his disaster readiness team on Sunday offered updates about Irma, which hit Florida but wasn’t expected to directly cross South Carolina. The governor says while the storm isn’t going to hit the state with full force, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

He says some hotel rooms are still available for evacuees fleeing from Florida and Georgia, especially in the state’s northeast around Myrtle Beach.

Officials said armed patrol officers are going to the seven barrier islands where evacuations were ordered to watch for looters. McMaster says thieves will be prosecuted to the full extent possible.

While the storm is expected to stay away from the Carolinas, some minor impacts are still possible, including heavy rain and potential for minor flooding. There is also the chance for isolated, quick moving tornadoes along the coast. Storm surge and coastal flooding could be an issue Sunday night into Monday morning.