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Tuesday, October 4, 2016


South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley Issues Official Evacuation Order for 1.1 Million Residents

Gov. Nikki Haley Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Governor Nikki Haley today issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency and asked residents to prepare for a potential evacuation of the South Carolina coast in advance of any impact from Hurricane Matthew.
As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.
Schools and municipality, county and state government offices in the following counties will be closed starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.
Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5, 2016:
Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county
Jasper: A and B
Colleton: A Only
Charleston: A,B,C
Dorchester: B,D,E, and F
Berkeley: A,B,C,G, and I
Horry: A only
Georgetown: A only
Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at
Prepare to evacuate:  Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs.  Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter.  Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open.
Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents:  If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas.  Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car.  Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.
Consider the safety of pets:  Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.  Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas.  Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars.
If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned.  If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours.  If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately.  The state urges individuals and families to do the following:
Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so.
South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew.
For more information visit or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.


Grand Strand Area

North Myrtle Beach and northward...

Use SC 9 to proceed to I-95. Myrtle Beach...
  • 10th Avenue North and northward to Briarcliff Acres use SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501. Motorists using SC 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) or the Grissom Parkway will be directed north to SC 22.
  • South of 10th Avenue North southward to the Myrtle Beach Airport use US 501 toward Marion and beyond.
  • Under certain conditions, US 501 will be converted to four lanes northbound from SC 22 to SC 576.
  • Myrtle Beach Airport southward through Surfside Beach use SC 544 to US 501.
  • Under certain conditions, US 501 will be converted to four lanes northbound from SC 544 to US 378. The
    reversed lanes will carry SC 544 traffic onto US 378 where it will travel westbound to I-95 or Columbia.

    Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay, Georgetown...
  • Take US 17 south through Georgetown, then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.
  • Under certain conditions, an alternate route from Georgetown will be Black River Road to US 701 to SC 51 to
Evacuees will take SC 174 to US 17. They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. This will take them to Walterboro, and then to Aiken and I-20.

Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood, Ravenel...

Use SC 165 to US 17, then US 17 south to SC 64 where they will go to Walterboro, then to Aiken and I-20.

Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook...
  • Use SC 700 to Main Road (S-20) to US 17.
  • Evacuees will then take US 17 south to SC 64 where they will go to Walterboro, then to Aiken and I-20.

    James Island and Folly Beach...
    Use SC171 to US17.
Evacuees should then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26.

City of Charleston...
  • The west side of the city (West Ashley) will use SC 61 to US 78, US 321, and SC 389 to I-20.
  • Downtown will use the normal lanes of I-26.

    North Charleston...
  • Evacuees will take US 52 (Rivers Avenue) to US 78 to
    US 178 to Orangeburg then to I-20 or continue on US 52 to US 176 or continue north on US 52.

  • The right lanes of US 52 at Goose Creek will continue on to Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, evacuees will be directed onto SC 6, where SC 6 will take them toward Columbia.
  • The left lanes of US 52 at Goose Creek will go onto US 176 to Columbia.

Evacuees using SC 642 will travel west toward Summerville and take road S-22 (Old Orangeburg Road) to US 78 west.

East Cooper...
  • Evacuees leaving Mount Pleasant will take I-526 or US 17 south to I-26.
  • Those leaving Sullivan's Island will use SC 703 to I-526 Business to access I-526, then I-26.
  • Evacuees from the Isle of Palms will use the Isle of Palms connector (SC 517) to go to US 17, where the right
    lane will turn north on US 17, then proceed to SC 41, to SC 402, then to US 52 to SC 375, then to US 521, to SC
    261 to US 378 to Columbia.
  • Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms connector will turn left to go to I-526 and then on to I-26.
  • Evacuees on I-526 approaching I-26 from East Cooper will be directed to the normal lanes of I-26 if in the right
    lane of I-526.
  • Those in the left lane of I-526 will be directed into the reversed lanes of I-26. 

    Awendaw and McClellanville...
Evacuees will take SC 45 to US 52 where they will be directed right onto US 52 to SC 375 to US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.

Daniel Island...

Evacuees will use I-526 or Clements Ferry Road as conditions warrant.

Hilton Head Island and Beaufort Areas

Hilton Head Island...
  • Hilton Head Island evacuees will use both the William Hilton Parkway (US 278 Business) and the Cross Island Parkway toll facility (US 278).
  • As these two roads merge, a third lane will be formed by reversing flow on the inside eastbound lane of US 278. This lane will carry traffic from the toll facility to the three lane section beginning on the mainland.
  • Lane assignments will be as follows:
    1. The right lane on US 278 westbound will exit onto
      SC 170, proceed to SC 462, then be directed to I-95 northbound at I-95 exit 28.
    2. The center lane on US 278 westbound will become the right lane at SC 170 which will be directed to
      I-95 northbound at exit 8.
    3. TheleftlaneonUS278westboundatSC170willcontinueonUS278toHamptonandeventuallyto
      North Augusta.

  • Two-Lane Evacuation: Evacuees will use the two present northbound lanes on US 21 to US 17. Upon reaching US17,therightlanewillbedirectedtoUS17Northto SC303toWalterboro. Theleftlanewill be directed to US 17 South, then to US 17 Alt/US 21 to Yemassee and then ultimately to North Augusta.
  • Three-Lane Evacuation: Under certain conditions, a third northbound lane will be formed by reversing flow in the inside southbound lane of US 21 at US 21 Business west of Beaufort, accommodating traffic from US 21.
    This reversed lane will be directed to US 17 southbound and eventually I-95 northbound at exit 33 (Point South). The remaining two lanes will be used as described above for the two-lane evacuation. 

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