South Carolina coastal residents are gearing up for strong winds, heavy rain and high waves as Hurricane Irene inches closer. “We’re telling everyone in the Southeast from Florida up to the Carolinas to keep a very close eye on Irene,” says Wallace Hogsett with the National Hurricane Center.
Hogsett says he expects Hurricane Irene to hit Florida on Thursday, with the side effects clipping Georgia and the Carolinas by late Friday, early Saturday.
Irene is the first official hurricane of the Atlantic Hurricane season, as none of the tropical storms formed into a hurricane so far this year. Currently, Irene is making its way up the Atlantic from Puerto Rico with winds at 75 miles per hour.