As of 2 p.m. Saturday advisory, Irma is a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles an hour. Henry McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation of the barrier islands in Jasper, Beaufort, and Colleton counties ahead of Hurricane Irma .
South Korea is on high alert as it believes North Korea might launch a new intercontinental ballistic missile over the weekend to celebrate the 69th year of its founding, an official said. But he promised the deployment would be conducted in a transparent and democratic way. With the government keeping a wary eye on China's next move amid the deployment of an additional THAAD missile defense battery, South Korean companies are bracing for further retaliation from the Chinese government.
Seoul's Defense Ministry later confirmed the deployment, but stated the launchers will only stay permanently in South Korea if the system passes a thorough environmental impact examination. The anniversary, which marks the 1948 establishment of the North's communist government, comes about a week after it carried out its sixth nuclear test and claimed the device was a hydrogen bomb created to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States.
In addition, a state of emergency has been declared for the whole of Florida by both state Gov. Rick Scott and President Trump. According to the National Hurricane Center, that specific type of warning "indicates there is a danger of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the shoreline somewhere within the specified area, generally within 36 hours".
Mar-a-Lago was already closed, even before Irma approached. As a result, mandatory evacuation orders have already been issued for Florida Keys and swaths of southern and coastal Florida, since Irma is the most powerful Atlantic storm in a decade, classified as a Category 5 storm with winds reaching 185mph.
The 316-90 vote would refill depleted emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of Storm Harvey . "His last words, and I quote, was, 'Vote for the debt ceiling for me, ' " said Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., who leads a group of conservative members.