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Additional Evacuations Ordered

By Aimee Crouch

rest stopGovernor Nikki Haley ordered additional evacuations a short time ago, as Hurricane Matthew approaches South Carolina. The additional counties are in Zone B of Jasper and Colleton. To verify if you are in the evacuation area, go to Know Your Zone . Evacuations may be expanded, if necessary. Many shelters are open across the state. To see the list, visit SCEMD .

Horry and Georgetown Counties Update #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

image of American Red CrossGovernor Nikki Haley issued an evacuation for Horry and Georgetown counties, which began officially at noon today, Thursday Oct. 6, 2016. The evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A and all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway) and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line. The evacuation includes all low-lying areas, mobile home and campground sites as well. As evacuees return to these areas, business owners and operators will need proper identification to gain access to certain impacted areas. This may include a current business license, company photo ID card, lease...

“This is a Storm We Want to Take Seriously”: Governor Haley, Thursday Morning

By Tabitha Safdi

High wind projection from Hurricane MatthewAs evacuations for coastal counties south of Charleston continue, Governor Haley addressed South Carolinians in her fourth press conference concerning Hurricane Matthew. In reference to the I-26 lane reversal and evacuations out of Charleston, Haley said, “175,000 people have evacuated. We need more.” This number is only half of the number projected by SCEMD. Horry and Georgetown counties begin evacuations at noon on Thursday. Thirty-eight shelters are open across the state. At the time of the press conference, there were 677 residents living in those shelters. There are four special needs...

Emergency Shelters Now Open Across the State

By Kaitlyn Park

sign for emergency shelterThe South Carolina Response Team announced today that shelters will be open across the state for South Carolina residents and visitors who are evacuating S.C. coastal zones in prepartion for Hurricane Matthew. As of 5 p.m., Oct 5, there are 32 shelters open across the state. Shelters are considered a last resort, and residents are encouraged to have an emergency plan in place for travel plans and friends or relatives to stay with during weather events such as hurricanes. Make necessary accomodations for pets, and have an emergency plan for them, as well, as pets are only allowed in two...

"Make Sure that We're Watching Out for Everyone": Governor Haley, Wednesday Evening

By Kaitlyn Park

cars congested on highway"I continue to ask the citizens of South Carolina to pray for each other and to continue to take care of your neighbors and make sure that we're watching out for everyone," Governor Nikki Haley said in a press conference with her team at South Carolina's Emergency Management Division (EMD). She and Team South Carolina provided updates regarding Hurricane Matthew to reporters at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening. To begin, Haley asked a representative of the National Weather Service to provide any new information regarding the storm and its trajectory. The storm is currently a category three hurricane...

Images from the Road: #HurricaneMatthew

By Kaitlyn Park

heavy traffic congestion on I26This slideshow will be updated frequently with images from reporters in the field and S.C. residents featuring evacuations, weather and events related to Hurricane Matthew. SCETV and Palmetto Scene viewers are welcome to submit their photos by tweeting them to @PalmettoScene

Take Pets When Evacuating, Advises Humane Society

By Kaitlyn Park

pet owner carries cat in carrierSouth Carolina residents evacuating, as well as those evacuating from Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, should take their pets with them when evacuating for Hurricane Matthew. Although the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is ready to care for animals caught in natural disasters , pet owners are encouraged to evacuate pets, as well, and have a "Pet-Disaster Preparedness" kit ready . Rachel Querry with The HSUS says including pets in evacuation plans saves lives, as residents may stay behind with their pets or try to rescue them following a disaster. The HSUS Pet-Preparedness Kit...

Price Gouging Statute in Effect

By Aimee Crouch

gas pumpSouth Carolina's price gouging statute is now in effect, which prohibits "unconscionable prices" when in a state of emergency. The statute will be in effect for the next 15 days and gougers can be charged a $1000 fine and/or 30 days in jail. S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson said, “As we prepare for Hurricane Matthew to make landfall in South Carolina, it’s imperative that South Carolinians make necessary preparations and follow safety instructions. Our state is still recovering from the catastrophic damage caused by the floods in 2015, and as we have witnessed before, we will see many...

#HurricaneMatthew Prep Information from Governor Haley: Wednesday Morning

By Kaitlyn Park

Track of Hurricane MatthewGovernor Nikki Haley held a press conference Wednesday morning to update the state on the status of Hurricane Matthew. Nikki Haley informed reporters at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (EMD) that the National Weather Service advised her this morning how the storm had changed overnight. The storm has slowed down and “moved somewhat”, but could move back before arriving to South Carolina. Haley said her team will “move as the storm moves”. The hurricane is expected to be a category two or three, and the South Carolina coast is still within the area expected to receive storm...

Get the Latest News about Hurricane Matthew LIVE from the SCETV App

By Tabitha Safdi

SC Public RadioTake South Carolina Public Radio through this emergency using our SCETV App. South Carolina Public Radio’s News is streamed LIVE from the App. Download the SCETV App from the iTunes App Store or the Android store. The App also integrates social media for easy sharing. For the latest on Hurricane Matthew, visit SCETV.org , South Carolina Public Radio and SCETV.

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