South Carolina gov declares state of emergency after Dorian shifts course

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) declared a state of emergency on Saturday after the path for Hurricane Dorian shifted to possibly threaten the state. 

McMaster signed an executive order Saturday putting the South Carolina Emergency Operations Plan into effect. 

"Given the strength and unpredictability of the storm, we must prepare for every possible scenario," the governor tweeted. "State assets are being mobilized now and Team South Carolina is working around the clock to be ready, if necessary."

"We encourage all South Carolinians who may be impacted by Hurricane Dorian to be vigilant and prepare now – there is no reason for delay," he added.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Saturday that Dorian had shifted its path and could threaten Georgia and the Carolinas in addition to Florida. The Category 4 storm's winds had also reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, NHC director Ken Graham said in a Facebook Live video. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE on Saturday also commented on Dorian's projected route change, tweeting, "Looking like our great South Carolina could get hit MUCH harder than first thought. Georgia and North Carolina also."

"It’s moving around and very hard to predict, except that it is one of the biggest and strongest (and really wide) that we have seen in decades. Be safe!" he added.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida Supreme Court rules convicted felons must pay fines, fees before voting Florida moves to purchase land to protect Everglades from oil drilling Top Latino group: Trump is about to hold a 'fake Christian campaign rally' MORE (R) also declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.