News Minute: Here is the latest South Carolina news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Inland counties in South Carolina are also preparing for Hurricane Irma. Richland County officials say they will close county offices on Monday as forecasters predict up to 7 inches of rain, winds as high as 60 mph and possible tornadoes as the center of Irma moves to the west. The closing of county offices in South Carolina’s capital led the University of South Carolina to cancel its classes on Monday.

SEABROOK, S.C. (AP) – Three people have died in a fire that destroyed a mobile home near the South Carolina coast. The Burton Fire District reported the fire was reported around 3:30 a.m. Friday in Seabrook in northern Beaufort County. It took about an hour to extinguish the flames. Authorities say the victims were a 23-year-old man and two children. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials say it doesn’t appear suspicious.

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) – Authorities say a man putting something in his car at a South Carolina home was shot to death. A police report says the man’s girlfriend said he came back in the Rock Hill home wounded and collapsed on the kitchen floor around 9 p.m. Thursday. York County Coroner Sabrina Gast identified the victim as 28-year-old Ladarrus Crawford. No arrests have been made, and police did not give any motive for the shooting.

MIAMI (AP) – Hurricane Irma’s deafening winds and punishing downpours were turning toward Florida on Friday after strafing the Caribbean. The Sunshine state issued mandatory evacuations and was bracing for impact over the weekend as the storm barreled toward the U.S. mainland.

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