Gov. Haley held news conference to discuss Hurricane Matthew

Governor Haley during Press Conference
Governor Haley during Press Conference

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA)— Governor Nikki Haley said in a news conference Wednesday that Hurricane Matthew slowed down overnight and we’re expecting a category 2 or 3 storm to hit South Carolina.

Gov. Haley says she was briefed by the National Weather Center during the news conference held at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center.

Greater Charleston and Beaufort counties will continue the evacuation plan for Wednesday night, according to Haley. Other counties’ evacuation plan was moved to Thursday morning, Haley says.

700 traffic control points, comfort stations with bathrooms and water will be set, Haley says.

Haley says 315 buses are coming from Greenville to pick up evacuees at noon.

Most of the hotels in the Midlands are booked and Haley encourages evacuees to check out the Upstate.

Haley says the gas supply is good; bigger station still have plenty of fuel.

There will be people out on the roads to check for price gouging and Haley also asks for people to self report.

Phases will make evacuation easier; 250,000 drivers on the roads at a time now, Haley says.

Check here for the evacuation routes and the 110 available shelters.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley announced that they will be evacuating all coastal communities in anticipation for Hurricane Matthew.

Closings and Evacuations South Carolina Hurricane Matthew
Map of closings/evacuations (From: SC Dept. of Education)

Governor Haley stated that they will be closing all schools along the coast as well to use them for shelters.

The counties under evacuation are Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, and Jasper Counties.

Schools will be close in all of those counties in addition to Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Hampton, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg.
Medical Evacuations have already begun for all coastal communities. Starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, lane reversals will begin on I-26 and other routes leading out of the coastal communities.

Full list of lane reversals:

Hilton Head One lane is reversed to create three lanes traveling west on US 278 at the intersection of the Spanish Wells Drive and Moss Creek Village Drive. This reversal is approximately two miles in length.
Beaufort US 21 is reversed to create three lanes at US 21 Business and continues until US 17.
Charleston to Columbia A full, four lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston begins at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County.
Horry County Horry County has two, four lane reversals:
SC 544 to US 378
SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to SC 576 near Marion County
3,700 law enforcement are headed to those communities to assist with the evacuations and National Guard helicopters from Tennessee and Kentucky are on standby.

1,700 sandbags are headed to Georgetown and more than 200 buses from Greenville County Schools are headed to the coast to assist as well.

“South Carolina is strong. I am very proud of Team South Carolina, we are ready,” said Haley during a news briefing Tuesday.

Governor Haley is urging residents who are evacuating to fill up their cars with fuel, gather important documents, and inform family members where they are headed.

In addition, Gov. Haley also issued a state-wide burn ban in order to allow the Forestry Commission and local fire departments to focus on evacuation and other emergency operations.

Stay tuned here and to for evacuations and shelters.

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