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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a news conference with state emergency response officials Sunday afternoon to talk about Hurricane Irma's impact on the state.

Tornadoes could also spin up in coastal areas from northeast Georgia to southeast SC where a tornado watch was in effect. The governor says while the storm isn't going to hit the state with full force, it shouldn't be taken lightly.

Irma flooded portions of River Street in the tourist magnet city of Savannah, Georgia, and forced police to temporarily shut Highway 80 leading to the barrier island community of Tybee Island. The major problems were in Charleston and Beaufort counties.

Miami's Brickell neighborhood experienced severe flooding and strong winds as Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday, Sept. 10. The National Hurricane Center continues a tropical storm warning Monday from near Georgetown into Florida.

Similar storm surge and winds gusts are possible up to coast to Charleston too. A storm surge warning is also in effect.

More than 6.2 million homes and businesses remained without power, and 220,000 people huddled in shelters during the storm.

The weekend to next week: Lingering rain will still be possible through Wednesday and it will be breezy at times. There are the possibilities of tornadoes.

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Irma's highest wind gust was 142 miles per hour in Naples, Fla.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. reported about 12,000 customers without service Monday. "I can not say that enough", says Cathy Haynes, chief of operations at the Charleston County Emergency Management Department.

Other utilities in the state report more than 2,000 customers without service Monday. "Some of them have said they were just passing through, one family was on the way to Georgia and they said people have been so nice to them that they're thinking they're probably going to stay in SC".

The governor said there is the risk of flash flooding, especially in the central and southern parts of the state.

A hurricane watch is in effect Monday from Edisto Beach into Florida. Another man was killed after he lost control of a truck that carried a generator as winds whipped at tropical-storm strength, officials said.

The Department of Transportation said Tuesday that Irma's winds and rains likely helped damage a culvert on I-95 in Dillon County near mile marker 186 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Florence. Forecasters say tornadoes are also possible.

More than 220,000 customers were without electricity early Tuesday.

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