Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says is urging residents in that--particularly along the coast--to heed warnings and consider evacuating now.
"Our number one goal is to keep everyone safe," Haley said at a news briefly Thursday morning. "This is a storm we want to take seriously."
Here are some of the key points from her briefing.
State leaders say extensive tree damage and power outages are possible in areas along the coast that experience hurricane force winds
4-8 feet of storm surge is expected in those areas.
Counties in the Lowcountry and Pee Dee may receive 8-14 inches of rain with locally higher amounts. That will lead to dangerous flash flooding, and roads that may be impassable
Horry and Georgetown Counties - Zone A evacuations are underway at 12 p.m. Learn More About Evacuations
175,000 have evacuated, so far, but the governor says many more need to: That's not enough" she said.
Haley said gas stations, pharmacies, and grocery stores near the coast will shut down, so people need to be aware that basic services will be gone.
Haley said the lane reveral on Interstate 26 between Charleston and Columbia is working well.
The average drive time now is 1 hour and 21 minutes.
All of the hotels across the state are pretty much full. She said Charlotte is your next best option, and to check Expedia.com for more.
677 residents are living in shelters
38 shelters open statewide
DHEC is transporting patients from nursing homes
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