No Decision Yet on Evacuations for SC Coast, Governor Says

There's been no decision yet on whether to ask people to leave portions of the coast.

West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says he has not made a decision yet on whether to evacuate parts of the coastal areas of South Carolina.

The governor said due to shifting forecasts, he's waiting until the next advisory from the National Hurricane Center, which will come down at 5 p.m. Friday. McMaster says they'll make a final decision at 6 p.m. 

He had said Thursday that if evacuations were ordered, they'd go into effect at 10 a.m. Saturday. Lane reversals along Interstate 26 would begin at that time as well. 

Here are the other key points from Friday afternoon's briefing:

School Closings:

McMaster said he's leaving the decision to close schools in the hands of local governments, and will not issue a statewide order. 

Shelters:

52 shelters in 12 counties are on standby. Those shelters, if needed, will have a capacity of 45,350.

Traffic Heavy from Other States

There is congestion on Interstate 95, Interstate 26, and Highway 321 due to people from Florida and Georgia coming into the state who are fleeing areas at high risk from the storm. 

SC Department of Transportation Director Christy Hall said an estimated 92,000 additional vehicles were on the roads. 

Troopers are teaming with the South Carolina National Guard to clear accidents as quickly as possible. 

Gas Supply:

He says there are reports of spot outages, but there are no large outages in the state.

National Guard on the Ready

About 2,400 National Guard members are on duty right now. 5,000 could be deployed by Tuesday, if needed.

Evacuations of Health Centers 

The governor has rescinded part of his executive order calling for the evacuation of health centers along the coast.

The following counties are still part of that evacuation: Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper.

 

 

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