Governor tours coast as hurricane season opens

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Gov. Mark Sanford is touring the South Carolina coast to discuss hurricane plans with emergency officials in coastal counties.

Sanford's tour Tuesday is taking him to Horry, Charleston and Beaufort counties.

He told reporters in North Charleston that with an active hurricane season forecast, South Carolina may be due for a hit. Sanford urged people not to be complacent and to make plans to
leave early if a storm threatens.

But Sanford also says plans by the National Hurricane Center to issue earlier warnings may be problematic. He says that could mean more tension among tourism interests if a call to evacuate comes too early and no storm hits.

The hurricane center is projecting 23 named tropical storms with 14 becoming hurricanes. Forecasters say seven could be major hurricanes.

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