Evacutions Begin Wednesday in SC

Evacuations Could Begin Wednesday for South Carolina Residents along the coast.

Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — Evacuations are tentatively set to begin here in South Carolina at 3pm Wednesday for the Coastal Regions. The evacuations will remain in place for 42 hours. The Governor requesting people near the coast get at least 100 miles away from those areas in order to stay safe.

Also, in preparations for whatever Hurricane Matthew brings to the area, Governor Nikki Haley has authorized lanes to be reversed along Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia.

Governor Haley held a press conference updating the public on the status of Hurricane Matthew. According to the latest predictions the Governor says Matthew has slowed slightly, causing them to delay evacuations for Horry and Georgetown areas until tomorrow. Evacuation plans however are still in place for greater Charleston and Beaufort.

The Department of Emergency Management says there are 110 shelters ready to be staffed and will hold an estimated 66 thousand residents searching for alternative places to stay. This after the Governor says many hotels in the area have already been booked to capacity.

In addition to shelter, Governor Haley says more than 3 hundred buses are ready to begin transporting residents from the low country starting at noon today.

Stay with ABC Columbia News for additional updates as Hurricane Matthew continues to develop.




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