Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has confirmed one hurricane-related death in South Carolina.
Haley said Sunday that a person died while attempting to cross a road that was covered by water in the Florence area Saturday. The person was swept off the roadway,
Haley also announced that evacuation orders have been lifted in Beaufort County, Berkeley County, Colleton County, Dorchester County, and Charleston County. The orders remain in Georgetown County, and Horry County.
She said she said people who try to go back into areas where the orders remain should know that they will encounter roadways with possible powerline hazards, as well as outages of service. "Know that you are going at your own risk," she said.
She said the best thing would be to stay away until those areas officially reopen, which will likely be Monday.
Here are the other key points from her news conference:
There were still about 746,700 outages as of 10 a.m. Sunday. That was down 120,000 from a high reached Saturday night. Haley said utilities are working hard to restore service as fast as possible, but did say some people may not get their lights on for a few days.
Most school districts along the coast will remain closed Monday. However, at present, no Midlands school districts have announced they will be closed Monday. The governor said that decision will come from the local districts, not her office.
All interstates in South Carolina are flowing as normal. The SC Department of Transportation says they're still working to clear highways and secondary roads, and say that will happen in a pattern where they'll start in sections nearest the interstate and work away from that area toward the coast.
Many other local agencies are also in the process of clearing roads of debris and trees knocked over. Haley asked that people not try to drive through barricades.
The Ravenel Bridge in Charleston opened late Saturday, and SCDOT Director Christy Hall said Sunday that the Highway 278 bridge in Hilton Head has been inspected as is structurally sound. Other bridges in affected areas are still being evaluated.
While the storm is gone, water remains, and that water is flowing toward the Lowcountry. That will lead two rivers--the Waccamaw and the Little Pee Dee--to crest in the next several days.