McMaster doesn’t alter evacuation order
by The Press and Standard | September 12, 2018 3:20 pm
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster reported that he would not reinstitute a mandatory evacuation order for the lower coastal counties.
On Monday, McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for all the coastal counties in the state including Colleton, Jasper and Beaufort counties.
Late Tuesday morning, when National Hurricane Center tracking models were suggesting that Hurricane Florence be coming to shore in the Wilmington, N.C. area, the governor lifted the evacuation order for all of Beaufort and Jasper counties and Colleton County with the exception of Edisto Beach.
Edisto Beach remained under a mandatory evacuation because of the potential storm surge at the beach.
A few hours after McMaster lifted the evacuation order for Colleton, Jasper and Beaufort, the National Hurricane Center began reporting that it appeared that Hurricane Florence’s path might make a southern turn, increasing its potential impact on the state.
That led some officials to expect that McMaster might restore the mandatory evacuation order for the three counties.
McMaster, at a Wednesday 2:30 p.m. press conference, said although he was not restoring the mandatory evacuation order for the local counties. He wanted lend his voice to the local officials who are telling residents, especially those in flood-prone areas, that if they are concerned, they should leave the area and seek shelter elsewhere.
Colleton County High School is open as an emergency shelter.
Sand bags are available at Colleton Fire-Rescue headquarters on Mable T. Willis Boulevard.