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Tropical Depression Irma Local Statement Advisory Number 52
National Weather Service Charleston SC  AL112017
1117 PM EDT Mon Sep 11 2017

This product covers southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia

**TROPICAL DEPRESSION IRMA IS DEPARTING THE AREA**

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 290 miles west of Charleston SC or about 220 miles west 
      of Savannah GA
    - 32.4N 84.9W
    - Storm Intensity 35 mph
    - Movement Northwest or 320 degrees at 15 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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The last few bands of heavy rainfall from Tropical Depression Irma
will cross Southeast South Carolina during the next few hours,
producing the threat for heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and maybe an
isolated weak tornado. The storm surge inundation continues to slowly
recede, though some additional inundation is possible with the early
Tuesday morning high tide.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* FLOODING RAIN:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia.

* WIND:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia.

* TORNADOES:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia.

* SURGE:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across southeast South Carolina and southeast Georgia.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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* EVACUATIONS:
Do not return to evacuated areas until it is safe. 
Listen for the all-clear signal from local authorities.

* OTHER PREPAREDNESS INFORMATION:
If your home or shelter was damaged, be alert to the smell of natural 
gas leaks and cautious around exposed electrical wiring, broken 
glass, jagged metal and wood, and protruding nails and screws.

Those who rode out the storm away from their home or business are 
likely anxious to return. However, allow some time for work crews to 
make a clear path for emergency vehicles. Downed power lines and 
trees may be blocking roads and flood waters may have washed out or 
overspread sections of key travel routes. Traffic lights may also be 
out of service.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
give the all-clear signal.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities simply to observe 
storm damage. Sightseers can interfere with the timeliness of 
rescuers and first responders to needlessly jeopardize lives.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lighting. Be aware of sparks that can ignite leaking gas or other 
flammables.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chain saws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. Use 
these tools according to operating manuals and safety instruction. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roof tops can be 
especially challenging. If you are not in good health or unsure about 
what you are doing, have someone else with tree cutting experience do 
the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions by the manufacturer. Make sure that the generator is run 
in a well ventilated space.

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see ready.gov
- For information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.org
- For additional disaster preparedness information see redcross.org

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Charleston SC regarding the 
effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

$$