COLUMBIA, S.C. – Residents in designated evacuation zones must leave no later than Wednesday morning to reach a safe distance from Hurricane Dorian. Due to the increasing threat of dangerous conditions such as storm surge and high winds, now is the time to heed the evacuation order issued by Governor Henry McMaster.
Lane reversal operations on I-26 will cease at noon Wednesday so that crews can seek shelter at safe locations outside of the storm’s projected path.
As a reminder, residents in the following zones must evacuate now:
- Beaufort County Evacuation Zone A
- Berkeley County Evacuation Zones B, G
- Charleston County Evacuation Zones A, B, C
- Colleton County Evacuation Zones A, B
- Dorchester County Evacuation Zone D
- Georgetown County Evacuation Zone A
- Horry County Evacuation Zone A
- Jasper County Evacuation Zone A
Based on the storm’s projected path along with predicted storm surge and high tides, roads may be inaccessible due to flooding, bridges may be closed due to high winds and emergency help may not be available.
Beginning Wednesday afternoon, travel may not be possible on the following high level, coastal bridges due to safety concerns brought on by expected tropical storm force winds:
- McTeer Bridge (US 21 ALT) in Beaufort County
- Don Holt Bridge over the Cooper River (I-526) in Berkeley County
- Stono River Bridge (SC 700) in Charleston County
- Ravenel Bridge & Ramps (US 17) in Charleston County
- Wando River Bridge (I-526) in Charleston County
- Wando Bridge (SC 41) in Charleston County
- Isle of Palms Connector (SC 517) in Charleston County
- Bridge over the Sam Pit River (US 17) in Georgetown County
- Bridge over the Intercoastal Waterway at Socastee (US 17) in Horry County
- Little River Bridge (US 17) in Horry County
- Pee Dee River Bridge (US 701) in Horry County
Open evacuation shelter locations are available on scemd.org and in the SC Emergency Manager mobile app as soon as they are opened.
People leaving the coast should pack the following essential items in case the evacuation period is lengthy: required medications, adequate clothing and essential personal items. Residents going to evacuation shelters should bring their own blankets, pillows, cots and special food items if they are on restricted diets.
Pet owners should plan to board their animals with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. While pets are not allowed inside Red Cross evacuation shelters, people with animals can take their pets with them to any shelter so volunteers can help them make arrangements.
The South Carolina Public Information Phone System is available 24 hours a day for anyone that needs assistance. Call 1-866-246-0133 with any questions related to Hurricane Dorian.