Gov. Haley to order evacuation of coastal communities ahead of Hurricane Matthew


Gov. Nikki Haley press conference, 10/4/16   Governor.SC.Gov

Governor Nikki Haley announced she will likely order the evacuation of all South Carolina coastal communities starting tomorrow, October 5, 2016.

You can watch the governor's full archived press conference here

"We are looking at a category two or a three hurricane, which will possibly bring with it 5 to 7 foot surges," said the governor. "We also anticipate averaging about 100 mile per hour winds. This is something we want to take something very seriously as we go forward."

She added, "We will evacuate all coastal communities starting tomorrow, and will be closing all of the coastal schools starting tomorrow." 

The governor said the goal is for coastal residents to "make sure to get 100 miles away from the coast." She also urged South Carolinians to fill up their cars with fuel and to start making a plan. 

She also urged residents to visit SCEMD.org for hurricane updates from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division.

"It's not going to be a fast evacuation, but what we ask is that you be patient and understand that it could take up to several hours," said the governor. "We are making all the plans to make sure that everyone can move safely and as quickly as possible."

She said she is likely to order the evacuation starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow (October 5th), but said she will confirm that in the morning.

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