After this afternoon’s conference call with state, county and local officials, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered the mandatory evacuation of Beaufort and counties along the coast of South Carolina starting at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, September 11th). We urge Beaufort County residents and visitors to evacuate ahead of the mandatory time for ease of travel.
Residents and guests with limited or no means of transportation to an approved shelter can find assistance through Palmetto Breeze. Please visit their website at www.palmettobreezetransit.com for bus stop locations and pick up times. Traffic lanes on Highway 278 and U.S. 21 will not be reversed, but law enforcement will be standing by if reversal is needed. All state and Beaufort County government offices and schools will be closed tomorrow. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management will continue to closely monitor the track of Hurricane Florence overnight and will keep you advised of any updates.
Evacuation routes for Beaufort County residents and guests can be found here https://arcg.is/rjrmv
For additional information on Hurricane Florence visit the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov
Sheriff P.J. Tanner will hold a press conference for media (print, television and radio) tomorrow (Tuesday) at 12:00 p.m. at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Center, 2001 Duke Street in Beaufort. Residents and guests will be able to watch the press conference on Facebook Live and YouTube. Links for the press conference will be posted tomorrow morning.
Thank you for staying informed and receiving your updates on Hurricane Florence from official sources.