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South Carolina officials said nearly 200,000 homes were without power. By 11 a.m., Duke Energy was still reporting over 99,000 outages in the Palmetto State, with most outages in the Upstate area in Greenville and Pickens counties. In North Carolina, Duke reported over 8,200 outages in Mecklenburg County and over 57,000 total in the state, mostly in western counties and in the Piedmont. CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND DELAYSIn Georgia, Irma was blamed for three deaths. According to USA TODAY, 35 people were killed in the Caribbean by the dangerous storm. Meteorologist John Wendel said that despite the downgrade in intensity, the remnants of Irma continue to grow in size, with the system now covering over 750 miles from the Atlantic coast all the way to the Mississippi River. FOR THE LATEST WEATHER UPDATES AND ALERTS, DOWNLOAD THE WCNC APPIn South Carolina, coastal areas saw significant storm surge when Irma roared in Monday. Both Isle of Palms and Folly Beach received eight feet more of storm surge than what Matthew brought in 2016, flooding several roads. Charleston Harbor experienced the third-highest storm surge in history at 10 feet Monday. "Normally, you never see waves coming over, and when you do, it's in isolated areas, not the entire battery wall," said one person. Irma's fury concerned a number of residents, who are quickly reminded of Hugo's devastation in 1989. "Everything is measured in terms of when Hugo happened and what happened then," said one resident. Stick with WCNC.com throughout the week for updates on Hurricane Irma and the latest forecast.© 2017 WCNC.COM... (WCNC)
In a complaint filed last week in the Palmetto State’s seventh judicial circuit, Turner – the former mayor – is suing attorney general Alan Wilson, his office, one of Wilson’s deputies, the S.C. State Law Enforcement Division (SLED), one of its agents, the town of Lyman, S.C. and several of its current and former elected officials.The suit alleges that SLED and the attorney general’s office engaged in “willful, wanton, reckless, malicious and intentional bad faith conduct” against Turner. Both offices are accused of abuse of process, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy – while individual prosecutors and investigators associated with the case are accused of violating Turner’s constitutional liberties.Town officials are similarly accused of violating Turner’s constitutional liberties.Turner’s lawsuit seeks “compensatory and punitive damages in an appropriate amount, attorney fees and costs … and such other and further relief” as the court deems “just and proper.”According to our sources, the lawsuit has not been received warmly by those who managed to evade accountability in connection with this environmental debacle.“This investigation was suddenly killed when it started pointing somewhere,” our source said. “Now Turner has revived everything.”Here’s the lawsuit …Fullscreen ModeNeedless to say we will be very interested to see what comes of this lawsuit – particularly its discovery phase. We’ve always heard there was much more to this story than what we originally reported – and Turner’s lawsuit could be the key to uncovering the truth.Stay tuned …***WANNA SOUND OFF?Got something you’d like to say in response to one of our stories? In addition to our always lively comments section (below), please feel free to submit your own guest column or letter to the editor via-emailHEREor via our tip-lineHERE…Banner viaiStock***...