Skip to comments.Evacuation ordered for SC coast ahead of Hurricane Florence, lawmakers say
Posted on 09/10/2018 12:08:11 PM PDT by sodpoodle
PINE RIDGE, SC S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced a mandatory evacuation of the South Carolina coast on Monday. All eight the counties along the coast would begin evacuating as of noon on Tuesday, McMaster said at a press briefing on Monday. McMaster said he would reverse lanes on four main roads to facilitate the evacuation. As of noon Tuesday, lanes will reverse on Interstate 26 from Charleston to Columbia and Highway 50from Myrtle Beach. Highways 278 and 21 in Beaufort County will be ready for reversal as of noon, but officials will wait to make an order at that time. State offices and schools will also close in the affected counties on Tuesday, McMaster said. We know the evacuation order Im issuing will be inconvenient, McMaster said. But were not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina. Florence would ore wind than Hugo and more water than Matthew, McMaster warned. Projections on Monday show the storm making landfall in the area of Wilmington, N.C., early Friday morning, but with much of South Carolina still under threat of seeing a significant impact. State lawmakers were saying the governor would order an evacuation beginning Tuesday. State offices and schools would also be closed in the affected counties, lawmakers said. S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Horry, tweeted Monday afternoon that McMaster had announced to members of the Geveral Assembly he will order evacuations for the coast beginning at noon on Tuesday. S.C. Rep. Tim McGinnis posted to his Facebook page that lanes on major state roads would be reversed to facilitate the evacuations. As of 11 a.m. Monday, Florence had strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph. On Saturday, McMaster formally declared a state of emergency, allowing officials to put hurricane preparations into effect and begin coordinating resources. The S.C. National Guard can also be deployed during an emergency as necessary. The state has submitted a request to President Donald Trump for a federal disaster declaration, clearing the way for federal funds and assistance for any damage from the storm.
Anybody SC coast on this thread should just grab a go bag and go today if they can, BECAUSE most people will go tomorrow and turn I-95 north and south into a crawling conga line of evacuees. Get out while the getting is good!
What a mess. I feel sorry for everybody in its path.
Freepers in the storm’s path, get out now, before the conga lines begin.
This is the 11th year on record that the Atlantic Ocean has had 3+ hurricanes simultaneously. Other years were 1893, 1926, 1950, 1961, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1998, 2010, and 2017.
This is the real deal. Anyone who can needs to batten down the hatches and get out of there if possible.
This is a plenty serious storm in terms of wind force, but Joe Bastardi was talking about 3-4 FEET of rain (!)
I can’t leave. I’m playing golf tomorrow. But, if I’m still here when the power returns (assuming we lose it) then I’ll let you know what it was like.
Looks like North Carolina will be getting the “dirty” side.
I live on Florida East Coast. The thing about these category 4 ‘canes is, after the wind growls, and after the it rains cats, dogs, and dirty underwear, power is out. And, as with Irma last year for me, eight days without power. You can’t just hunker down. Go inland.
Most places I’v worked for? I wouldn’t have a job when I got back. Wednesday after work might fly.
This thing could take a turn wed and hit FL/GA
I hear ya. If I was in SC, I wouldn't be able to leave, either. I have to complete another mission in Grand Theft Auto V.
Yep. I’d leave at 0230-0330 EST 11 SEP 18. Take the pets, your documents, pictures, terabyte hard drive, kids, and 3-5 days of clothes, food, water, and shower/hygiene gear.
Get CASH today! Get your ammo and gun ready too in case it turns south as you unass your AO.
Head to Ashville for good food and music (but lots of liberals).
NEVER become a refugee/evacuee!
as of right now the entire SC coast may be a bit much...the upper coast maybe..NC going to get it much worse
I should note the possible stalls and loops are going to make evac plans tricky and long
Satellite video of the storm and its storm track look bad. Like the hurricane is winding up for a knockout punch of SC, telegraphing its punch. Yeah, good idea to get out.
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.....”Florence.... have more wind than Hugo and more water than Matthew, McMaster warned”.....
Good to get out of Dodge!
McGinnis posted to his Facebook page that lanes on major state roads would be reversed to facilitate the evacuations
You beat me to it!! I was just getting ready to post the article from The State. Schools in several counties are closed as of tomorrow because they will be used as shelters.
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