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County evacuations still advised as Hurricane Irma forecast shifts west

Despite Hurricane Irma’s projected turn west, Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley said the storm is still a threat to the county and he advises residents to leave.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley advises residents to leave the area ahead of Hurricane Irma.

The Latest: McMaster: No mandatory evacuation yet but stay tuned

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma’s impact on South Carolina (all times local):

Donna Rowell/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Travelers voluntarily leaving Ridgeland - many who have passed through from out of state - ahead of Hurricane Irma. As of 2 p.m. Friday, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster had yet to decide whether to order residents to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Beyond Florida, Irma an unpredictable threat to Southeast

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Great uncertainty remained Friday about Hurricane Irma’s path beyond Florida with forecasts showing potential storm impacts from portions of the Carolinas and Alabama as well as the entirety of Georgia, a state that’s become an escape route for hundreds of thousands of evacuees.

Benny’s bar is boarded up ahead of Hurricane Irma’s possible impact on the Georgia Coast, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Tybee Island, Ga. Georgia’s governor on Thursday ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to evacuate inland ahead of Hurricane Irma as authorities warned the storm had the potential to strike as a major hurricane, something the Georgia coast hasn’t seen in more than a century. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News via AP)

South Carolina officials watching Hurricane Irma’s approach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Emergency officials in South Carolina are warning residents to remain alert as Hurricane Irma approaches.

‘We need you to leave’: Residents urged to evacuate as Hurricane Irma threat looms

Residents are urged to leave the county ahead of the threat of Hurricane Irma.

Anthony Garzilli/ Jasper County Sun Times Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley tells county residents to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Bomb threat at Hardeeville school campus

A juvenile was charged last Thursday after calling in a bomb threat at the Hardeeville school campus, Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward said.

Helpful Hurricane Irma links, resources

In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma approaches Anguilla on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has roared into the Caribbean, its winds ripping off roofs and knocking out phones. It’s on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida. (NOAA via AP)

Carolinas, Georgia declare emergencies ahead of Irma

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Shifting forecasts raised the threat to the Southeast from fierce Hurricane Irma and prompted emergency declarations in the Carolinas and coastal Georgia, including areas that haven’t suffered a direct hit from a major hurricane in more than a century.

Passengers wait in line at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 at Tampa International Airport. Many passengers were leaving Tampa on Wednesday ahead of Hurricane Irma which is threatening the Florida peninsula. (Chris Urso/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Community Resource Fair postponed

‘This is a buzz saw’: Florida braces for Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (AP) — Florida residents picked store shelves clean and long lines formed at gas pumps Wednesday as Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 monster with potentially catastrophic winds of 185 mph, steamed toward the Sunshine State and a possible direct hit on the Miami metropolitan area of nearly 6 million people.

Drivers wait in line for gasoline in Altamonte Springs, Fla., ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Irma, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Irma roared into the Caribbean with record force early Wednesday, its 185-mph winds shaking homes and flooding buildings on a chain of small islands along a path toward Puerto Rico, Cuba and Hispaniola and a possible direct hit on densely populated South Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Ridgeland readies for Hurricane Irma with safety tips

The town of Ridgeland urges residents to be prepared in anticipation of Hurricane Irma making landfall.

County preparing for possiblility of Hurricane Irma strike

Jasper County Fire Chief Wilbur Daley stressed diligence in front of the possibility of Hurricane Irma hitting our area.

In this geocolor image captured by GOES-16 and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Irma approaches Anguilla on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has roared into the Caribbean, its winds ripping off roofs and knocking out phones. It’s on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly hitting Florida. (NOAA via AP)

Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Jasper County residents are lending helping hands in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Senior center gets helping hand

On Aug. 26, a team from the Hilton Head campus of NewSpring Church, led by one of the pastors, Nathan Wood, came with smiles and enthusiasm to help the Hardeeville Senior Center with landscaping, painting and gutter cleaning.

Special to JCST A team from the Hilton Head campus of NewSpring church helped fix up the Hardeeville Senior Center.

‘We’re all a team’: Echols takes over as Boys & Girls Club director

For Derell Echols, Indianapolis, Ind., is home. His favorite football team, the Indianapolis Colts, is there, but more importantly, Indianapolis is the home of his childhood Boys &Girls Club.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Derell Echols, the new director of the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County