Barrier islands in Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties are under mandatory evacuation as of Saturday at 10 a.m., S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster said tonight, as Hurricane Irma continues toward the eastern U.S.at 12 miles per hour.
McMaster left open the possibility of evacuations until late Friday, as Irma approached southern Florida. "A lot more people on the roads are going to slow things down". This information is detailed in the 2017 S.C. Hurricane Guide, now available at all Walgreen's stores statewide, at all rest areas along interstates and for download at http://scemd.org.
McMaster urged drivers to follow evacuation signs posted along the highways, "no matter what they say on Google maps".
The governor has rescinded part of his executive order calling for the evacuation of health centers along the coast.
McMaster also issued an order requiring owners of 2,370 public and private dams to lower their lake water levels. But the trip could coincide with the state's first major hurricane strike in almost 28 years. The remnants of the deadly hurricane are now projected to sweep into Alabama and Georgia by Monday morning, bringing strong winds and rain.
"The largest cluster of solutions takes (Irma) west of the Appalachians to the Tennessee Valley by Tuesday evening", the weather service said in its 11 a.m.
More than 44000 impacted by SC evacuations
"Right now we're making sure we have the right people and materials in the right places, and we're making plans to keep our customers and employees safe and communicating with them throughout the storm", said Aimee Murray, a spokeswoman for South Carolina Electric and Gas Co.
He said while the storm's exact path is still unclear, he is certain the storm will impact the state.
Bulletin High School and Battery Creak High School in Beaufort County will open as shelters at 9 a.m. Sunday. SCDOT officials said there have been 124,000 additional vehicles on the roadways in SC due to evacuees from other states.
County offices along with city of Georgetown offices will be closed Monday except for essential personnel.
Shelters on standby: Allendale: Fairfax Elementary School, 734 East 14th Street, in Fairfax; Allendale Elementary School, 4561 Allendale-Fairfax Highway, in Allendale; Charleston: North Charleston High School, 1087 East Montague Avenue, in North Charleston; Stall High School, 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road, in North Charleston.More news: Taking Nigeria out of recession not by accident - Lai Mohammed