Palmetto Scene

Storm Surges Could Surpass Hugo Levels: Governor Haley, Thursday Evening

By K. Park

image of storm clouds over coast

“This is really a serious storm.” Governor Nikki Haley again spoke with reporters at an afternoon press conference at South Carolina’s Emergency Management Division with updated information about Hurricane Matthew.

“When we’re looking at storm surges that surpass Hugo, you know it’s a problem.” Governor Haley said. She thanked South Carolinians for heeding evacuations, with many exiting early, but emphasized again how imperative it is to take evacuation instructions seriously.

Additional Evacuations Ordered

By A. Crouch

rest stop

Governor 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.

Horry and Georgetown Counties Update #HurricaneMatthew

By K. Park

image of American Red Cross

Governor 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.

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

By T. Safdi

High wind projection from Hurricane Matthew

As 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.

Emergency Shelters Now Open Across the State

By K. Park

sign for emergency shelter

The 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.

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

By K. 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.

Images from the Road: #HurricaneMatthew

By K. Park

heavy traffic congestion on I26

This 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

Price Gouging Statute in Effect

By A. Crouch

gas pump

South 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.

#HurricaneMatthew Prep Information from Governor Haley: Wednesday Morning

By K. Park

Track of Hurricane Matthew

Governor 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”.

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