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Updated: Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency as Dorian tracks towards the Carolinas

Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency Saturday and activated South Carolina’s emergency operations plan, as weather forecasters shifted the track of Hurricane Dorian to the east and warned of potential risks along the Carolinas.

The 1 p.m. update Saturday from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina, warned of immediate concerns that includes minor tidal, coastal flooding and rip currents through the Labor Day weekend.

Forecasters say their confidence is low to moderate for heavy rainfalls, high winds storm surge and tornadoes from Hurricane Dorian.

Any impacts would occur Wednesday and Thursday, the forecast said.

Here’s the last tracking cone issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. Saturday.


“Potential for tropical storm force winds is now 50 to 60 percent along the coast through Thursday morning,” the forecast said.

Tropical storm force winds could develop as early as Wednesday morning.

The potential for hurricane force winds is 10% to 20% along the coast through Thursday morning.

The storm total rainfall forecast for Dorian is four to eight inches, with locally higher amounts on Wednesday and Thursday.

While the state is take timely precautions to protect and preserve property, residents should also make sure their hurricane plans are in place and obtain needed supplies.

Stock clerks at Walmart in Conway were moving pallets of bottled water to the drink aisle and the front of the store before 8 a.m. Saturday as customers began streaming in to stock up on necessities.

Horry County residents should follow the hurricane’s track through the weekend.