Gov. McMaster orders evacuation for SC coast ahead of Hurricane Florence | Myrtle Beach Sun News

myrtlebeachonline | 9/10/2018 | Staff
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S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced a mandatory evacuation of the South Carolina coast on Monday.

Eight counties along the coast would begin evacuating as of noon on Tuesday, McMaster said at a press briefing on Monday.

McMaster - Lanes - Roads - Evacuation - People

McMaster said he would reverse lanes on four main roads to facilitate the evacuation. As many as a million people could leave the coast because of the order, the governor said.

“We know the evacuation order I’m issuing will be inconvenient,” McMaster said. “But we’re not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina.”

Noon - Tuesday - Lanes - Interstate - Charleston

As of noon Tuesday, lanes will reverse on Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia and Highway 501 from Myrtle Beach.

Highways 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon, but officials will wait to make an order at that time.

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State offices and schools will also close in 26 counties in the lower part of the state on Tuesday, including Richland and Lexington counties, McMaster said. Some schools will be used as evacuation shelters, which will open as needed, officials said on Monday.

Florence would create more wind than Hugo and more water than Matthew, McMaster warned.

Projections - Monday - Storm - Landfall - Area

Projections on Monday show the storm making landfall in the area of Wilmington, N.C., early Friday morning,...
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