Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley says the forecast situation is getting worse, and is making one last plea for people to evacuate.
Haley said Friday morning that her briefing at that time would be the last time people would see her and hear her voice before the state went into storm mode. "There is nothing safe about what is getting ready to happen," Haley said.
She said this was her final warning to anyone living along the coast, particularly people living on any islands, to leave immediately.
Forecasters say the track has shifted further to the coast, and there is now a chance that the storm could actually make landfall along the South Carolina coast, perhaps near Charelston.
Significant concerns: officials say there will be disastrous and life-threatening storm surge from from Charleston to Beaufort. The surge could reach 8 feet, not just along the coast, but also inlands.
HIlton Head Island, Daniel Island, Folly Beach are communities who if they don't evacuate now, could become stranded. Barrier islands are at greatest risk.
At present, 8-14 inches of rain could fall along the coast. 2-8 inches could fall in various spots around the Midlands, with the highest totals in the southern and eastern Midlands.
People could see sustained hurricane force winds along the coast, widespread damage, and power outages that last for days.
310,000 have evacuated so far, up from 280,000 Thursday.
Bus operations are still moving people to a shelters.
104 medial centers have been evacuated.
66 total that are open statewide
2,882 are stying there right now.
All have an adequate food supplies and backups.
Go to scemd.org to find a list of shelters.
A few rooms can be found in Columbia, a few in Anderson, and some in Greenville. Most of the rest of the state is booked up. Go to Expedia.com or AirBNB to find available space here or in a neighboring state.
The lane reversals on Interstate 26 began ending at 10 a.m
LAW ENFORCEMENT/FIRST RESPONDERS
Haley says law enforcement will stay in the areas as long as possible, but police and first responders will have to seek shelter once it gets very dangerous. They will not be able to get back out there until the winds begin to die down.
2,000 National Guardsmen are on duty, and 3000 are on standby.
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