South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered a statewide coastal evacuation ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is forecast to slam into the Carolinas as a Category 4 monster storm.
I have ordered a full coastal evacuation effective noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11. If you are unsure if you are in an evacuation zone please check here: https://t.co/wQkVroaiFJ https://t.co/Qd2ObVxkXn
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) September 10, 2018
The Post and Courier reports: “The evacuations covers some areas inland prone to flooding, including Berkeley County and parts of Dorchester County. One out of every five South Carolinians, about 1 million in all, are in the evacuation zones covering eight counties. The eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and U.S. 501 into Myrtle Beach will be reversed when the order takes effect, opening all lanes to evacuees. A decision on lane reversals in Beaufort County will be made on Tuesday, McMaster said.”
Thousands have also been ordered to evacuate the outer banks of North Carolina, the Charlotte Observer reports: “A State of Emergency was declared Monday on North Carolina’s Hatteras Island, with islanders and tourists leading what is expected to be a complete evacuation of coastal Dare and Hyde Counties.”