UPDATE: SC Gov. Haley provides update on Hurricane Matthew

- SC Governor Nikki Haley and emergency officials gave an update on Hurricane Matthew Friday.

Haley said 2,000 National Guardsmen are on duty with another 3,000 on standby.

104 medical facilities have been evacuated in South Carolina.

"Daufuskie Island will be underwater. Time to evacuate now," Haley said.

On Thursday Haley said anyone in Charleston and Beaufort should already be evacuated or doing so. Portions of Horry and Georgetown County will begin evacuations at noon.

Storm surges will go much further inland, according to Haley. "We are coordinating with Florida and Georgia who have declared portions of evacuations as well," Haley said.

"The I-26 lane reversals ran beautifully," Nikki said. This will continue as long as we see that traffic moving through.

As of 6 a.m. 175,000 people have evacuated. Haley said that is not enough. "We need to have more people evacuating." She said we were looking at 250,000 that needed to be evacuated.

Haley said we have 100 Greenville school buses at the North Charleston Coliseum to help with evacuations. There are 38 shelters open as of Wednesday night, they can have 50 additional shelters open at any given time. There currently 677 residents living in shelters. There is one special needs shelter open and two pet friendly shelters open. 

 

"All of the hotels across the state, not including the coast are pretty much full, your best bet now is Charlotte," Haley said.

Haley said, "Our number one goal has and will always be that we keep everyone safe."

There are 2,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials are on the ground.

Haley said University of South Carolina school officials are aware there will be no state resources that could help them if they decide to continue with the football game in Columbia Saturday night against the University of Georgia. So the 100 to 200 state troopers they usually request for games will not be available. They will be making a decision this afternoon.

East of I-95 is where emergency officials are most concerned about flooding.

Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) issued an executive order Tuesday declaring a State of Emergency in preparation of the storm’s potential assault on the South Carolina coast.

Related: South Carolina School Closings 

As state officials continue to monitor weather conditions, the governor will update residents about preparations for Hurricane Matthew, including the need for an evacuation of coastal areas, during a news conference Wednesday, October 5, at 9:00 AM.

Related: Gov. McCrory urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew

Schools and county and state government offices in the following counties have been ordered to close starting Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Berkeley, Beaufort, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lexington, Marlboro, Marion, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties.

Residents in the following evacuation zones should make preparations for a potential evacuation beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016:

Beaufort: Zone A, Entire county

Jasper: A and B

Colleton: A Only

Charleston: A,B,C

Dorchester: B,D,E, and F

Berkeley: A,B,C,G, and I

Horry: A only

Georgetown: A only

Related: SC voters must register to vote by Saturday, Hurricane Matthew may close elections offices

Know Your Zone: Your zone is how you will know to evacuate and which evacuation route to use. This information is detailed in the 2016 S.C. Hurricane Guide and available via in interactive map at scemd.org/knowyourzone.

Prepare to evacuate:  Residents preparing to evacuate tomorrow should become familiar with evacuation routes, which are marked with special signs.  Consider where you will stay once you evacuate. Options include: a hotel, motel, or friend’s home that is outside the vulnerable area or an American Red Cross shelter.  Hotels and motels fill up quickly and out-of-county evacuations take time. Emergency shelters will be announced as soon as they are open.

Fuel cars, keep supplies in vehicles, secure important documents:  If the storm approaches South Carolina, individuals and families should fill up their cars with gas.  Road maps, nonperishable snack foods, a first-aid kit that includes a supply of your family’s prescription medications, and convenience items such as diapers should be available in the car.  Secure important documents in waterproof packaging.

Consider the safety of 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.

If the National Hurricane Center issues a hurricane watch, a hurricane will be possible within 48 hours, and residents who live in vulnerable areas should stay tuned.  If a hurricane warning is issued, a hurricane is expected within 36 hours.  If you live in a highly vulnerable area and are advised to evacuate, you should be prepared to leave immediately.  The state urges individuals and families to do the following:

Everyone in South Carolina is urged to continue to monitor the developing forecasts from the National Hurricane Center through local news media and trusted sources online. Pay attention to emergency warnings from local and state public safety officials and take safety actions if instructed to do so.

South Carolina’s Emergency Response Team is operating 24-hours a day from the state’s emergency operations center preparing for hazardous conditions associated with Hurricane Matthew.

For more information visit scemd.org or follow @SCEMD on Twitter and Facebook.

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