Evacuations with I-26 lane reversals for Charleston and most of S.C. coast ordered for Tuesday at noon

What you need to know about Florence as of Monday afternoon

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Gov. Henry McMaster urges coastal South Carolina residents and visitors to evacuate starting Tues Sept. 11 at noon. - SCETV
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  • Gov. Henry McMaster urges coastal South Carolina residents and visitors to evacuate starting Tues Sept. 11 at noon.

Evacuation? Yes.

Gov. Henry McMaster is ordering a full coastal evacuation in South Carolina starting at noon on Tues. Sept. 11.

Residents and visitors of Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties will all be subject to the mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the S.C. coast. Those in Georgetown and Horry counties are also under orders to evacuate, McMaster said in a press conference Monday afternoon.

"As of noon tomorrow I’m ordering a mandatory, not voluntary, evacuation of everybody that is in those zones," McMaster said.

Evacuation orders for Jasper, Beaufort, and Horry counties were lifted by McMaster during a press conference Tuesday morning.

Lane Reversals? Yes.

Lane reversals will be ordered on I-26 for tri-county residents and on U.S. Route 501 — which runs from the Myrtle Beach area to Virginia.

Highways 278 and 21 in Beaufort were also meant to reverse starting Tuesday at noon, but the reversals were retracted Tuesday morning after the evacuation order for Beaufort County was lifted.  "Now is the time to prepare and make proper plans," said Charleston-area state Rep. Peter McCoy in a tweet Monday afternoon.

Tricounty schools and state government offices will also be closed on Tuesday. The College of Charleston announced that all classes and labs will be suspended starting Tuesday.

"It'll be about a million people trying to escape this hurricane," McMaster warned.

The National Weather Service says Hurricane Florence is expected to impact the Carolina coastlines on Thursday. On Monday morning, the NWS issued a coastal flood advisory for Beaufort, Charleston, and Colleton counties that will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday night.
In Charleston County, sandbags will be available until 5 p.m. on Tuesday at three locations: the old Piggly Wiggly site on Sumar Street in West Ashley, the Charleston Fire Station at 1985 Bees Ferry Rd. in West Ashley, and the public service building at 2150 Milford St. on the peninsula. Sandbags are self-serve and are limited to 10 per household, according to a city press release issued Sunday afternoon.

Shelter locations will be available on the S.C. Emergency Management Division website.

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