Columbia, SC (WLTX) - As Hurricane Michael makes its way toward South Carolina, Shaw Air Force Base evacuated its F-16 CM Fighting Falcon aircraft Wednesday.
The storm made landfall in Florida Wednesday afternoon and is making its way into Georgia, with South Carolina expected to see its effects Thursday.
The base located near Sumter is currently operating at Hurricane Condition 2, which means they expect to see destructive winds in the area within 24 hours. In addition to aircraft evacuation, the base plans to operate under mission-essential reporting duty beginning Thursday. Only mission-essential personnel should report to the base.
The Shaw AFB Main Gate will maintain normal operating hours throughout the storm, but the Sumter and 441 Gate will be closed Thursday. For safety, officials are asking that movement on, off and around the base be limited during the height of the storm.
Emergency services, including fire, ambulance and security, will continue in case of an emergency.
For a list of opened facilities, visit the base's Facebook page.