As expected, Governor Nikki Haley today ordered the pre-Hurricane Matthew evacuation of coastal areas in and around Charleston and Beaufort, South Carolina.
People in these areas should begin evacuating no later than 3:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, October 5.
Watch Gov. Haley's full press conference here.
More details and updates can be found at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s website.
Maps of coastal evacuation routes, including interactive and downloadable maps, and information about highways where lane reversals will be used as a part of the evacuation are available at the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) website.
Beginning around noon today, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, SCDOT and supporting agencies will begin closing eastbound lanes of I-26, starting in Columbia at I-77 heading towards Charleston. At approximately 3:00 PM, all lanes on I-26 will be moving westbound from I-526 in Charleston toward I-77 in Columbia. Travel will only be possible in one direction while the evacuation is in progress. Complete lane reversal information is available here.
The scope of the evacuation may be expanded to include other areas tomorrow, including parts of Horry and Georgetown. South Carolina residents, especially those who live in low-lying areas along the entire coast, should monitor the status of Hurricane Matthew through local news media.
For all of the latest information about Hurricane Matthew, visit South Carolina Emergency Management Division.