SC: Coastal communities to evacuate for Hurricane Matthew

Nikki Haley
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, photo. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how it treats immigrants, Haley said Jan. 12, 2016, as the GOP used its formal response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of the GOP's leading presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) – During a press conference on Tuesday, Governor Nikki Haley announced that they will be evacuating all coastal communities in anticipation for Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Haley stated that they will be closing all schools along the coast as well to use them for shelters.

Medical Evacuations have already begun for all coastal communities. Starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, lane reversals will begin on I-26 and other routes leading out of the coastal communities.

3,700 law enforcement are headed to those communities to assist with the evacuations and National Guard helicopters from Tennessee and Kentucky are on standby.

1,700 sandbags are headed to Georgetown and more than 200 buses from Greenville County Schools are headed to the coast to assist as well.

“South Carolina is strong. I am very proud of Team South Carolina, we are ready,” said Haley during a news briefing Tuesday.

Governor Haley is urging residents who are evacuating to fill up their cars with fuel, gather important documents, and inform family members where they are headed.

Stay tuned here and to http://www.scemd.org for evacuations and shelters.

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