COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Thousands of people in South Carolina are seeking shelter at evacuation shelters across the state as Hurricane Matthew approaches.
The South Carolina Emergency Management Division reports that there are almost 70 shelters open across the state with more than 4,200 people being sheltered. Three of the shelters – two in the Lowcountry and one in the Upstate accept pets.
Officials say that there are 17 shelters on standby ready to open if the other shelters have become filled up.
Tropical storm force winds and rains have already moved into the state as the hurricane approaches from the southwest.
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