S.C. Haley issues State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Matthew
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Gov. Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that she has issued a State of Emergency for South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
Haley said that medical evacuations for the coast will start Tuesday night and all evacuations for coastal residents will go into effect Wednesday at 3 p.m.
"If you can leave early do that , we don't want everyone to leave at once," said Haley.
All residents will be taken 100 miles from the coast. The governor noted that roughly 1.1 million people would be affected by the evacuation.
SCEMD will have all evacuation routes on their website.
The Department of Public Safety said that a lane reversal for the I-26 corridor along the coast will start at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The governor said that all schools and government agencies across the coast will be closed tomorrow, along with schools and agencies in the Midlands.
Haley ordered the below counties to close their schools and government offices:
AIKEN .ALLENDALE. BARNWELL,. BERKERLY, CHARLESTON, CLARENDON, COLLETON, DARLINGTON . DILLON. DORCHESTER. FLORENCE. GEORGETOWN . HAMPTON . HORRY, JASPER. LEE. LEXINGTON, ORANGEBURG . RICHLAND, SUMTER & WILLIAMSBURG COUNTIES.
Other counties including Fairfield County School District who were not part of the necessary order have elected to shut down schools for the remainder of the week.
Newberry County schools will dismiss early with elementary schools at 12:30 p.m. and middle and high schools at 1 p.m.
Hurricane Matthew is currently a Category 4 and the governor has been informed it will be between a category 2 and 3 when it does hit SC, with winds expected to reach as high as 100 miles per hour.
"The main thing is we've been through winter storms,1,000 year flood; get all of the paper work that is important to you, know where you are going," pointed out Haley.
Other notes include that SCDNR has implemted a boating ban starting Wednesday and the SC Forestry Commission has a burn ban in place.
In a release, Gov. Haley's Office had this to say about pets: Pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Identification and rabies tags should be attached to the pets’ collars.