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State Of Emergency And Evacuations In South Carolina

State Of Emergency And Evacuations In South Carolina

Elizabeth LaFleur | Greenville Online

Gov. Nikki Haley announced plans to evacuate more than 1 million residents from the coastal areas of South Carolina in a news conference held Tuesday afternoon at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. Haley said lane reversals will begin on the Interstate 26 corridor and other highways leaving the coast at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Carolinas are bracing for a possible direct hit from Hurricane Matthew. The projected track from the National Hurricane Center shifted west overnight, with a possible direct hit to North and South Carolina coasts.

"I would love nothing more than to see this just suddenly take a right hand turn and head back out to sea, but as of right now, we're looking at Friday night into Saturday being pretty brutal," Haley said.

The evacuations are not labeled mandatory or voluntary anymore, Haley said. "An evacuation is an evacuation."

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