South Carolina coastal cities evacuate before Irma hits

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- People on a South Carolina barrier island under mandatory evacuation have one more day to take the ferry out before Hurricane Irma potentially floods it.
 
Daufuskie Island is accessible only by boat. It is among eight barrier islands along South Carolina's southern coastline covered by Gov. Henry McMaster's evacuation order Friday night, which required people to start leaving Saturday morning. 
 
 
The order will suspend regular ferry service between Hilton Head Island and Daufuskie. Beaufort County officials announced Saturday the ferry's last run to Hilton Head Island will be at noon Sunday. Service will resume after the order is lifted.    
 
Hilton Head Island is by far the most populous island covered by the order, with about 40,500 residents. Remote Daufuskie has several hundred full-time residents. 
 
The Edisto Beach portion of Edisto Island is also being evacuated, as well as Harbor, Hunting, Fripp, Tullifini and Knowles islands.
 
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People are leaving South Carolina's barrier islands under a mandatory evacuation order as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida.
 
Highway Patrol Sgt. Bob Beres said Saturday morning "traffic is flowing" as residents evacuate.
 
Gov. Henry McMaster's order Friday night required people on eight barrier islands along South Carolina's southern coastline to leave beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Republican governor says expected storm surges of up to 6 feet would bring "serious flooding" to those low-lying areas.
 
The most populous island being evacuated is Hilton Head Island in Beaufort County. Police barricades and cones are blocking entrance onto the island that's home to about 40,500 people.
 
The Edisto Beach portion of Edisto Island is also being evacuated, as well as Harbor, Hunting, Fripp, Daufuskie, Tullifini and Knowles islands.
 
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