Projected path of Hurricane Florence from National Hurricane Center 8:00 p.m. Please continue to monitor the storm.

Projected path of Hurricane Florence from National Hurricane Center 8:00 p.m. Please continue to monitor the storm.

Projected path of Hurricane Florence from National Hurricane Center 8:00 p.m. Please continue to monitor the storm.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) released its 8:00 p.m. update on the projected path of Hurricane Florence. The NHC advises that Hurricane Florence is moving northwest at 16 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. Please click on the attached image for more details.

There is still uncertaintly on what impact this storm may have on Beaufort County, so please continue to plan ahead. State, county and municipal emergency management officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Florence. Resources to support a hurricane/major storm operation are here and standing by in the event they are needed.

Beaufort County residents and guests can expect to see law enforcement officers from state, county and municipal agencies, as well as Army National Guard and South Carolina Department of Transportation personnel positioned at traffic control points on U.S. 278 and U.S. 21. Those personnel are positioned at the traffic control points to monitor the flow of traffic and to implement lane reversals if necessary.

If lane reversals to ease the flow of traffic becomes necessary, you will be advised as far in advance as possible. At this time, driving is not being restricted in Beaufort County and all bridges to access Beaufort County’s barrier Islands are open to traffic.

Beaufort County is not under a governor’s evacuation order, but we do urge residents and guests located in low-lying areas and others—who wish to minimize their exposure to this dangerous storm—to evacuate south into Georgia, Florida or, at the very least, to higher ground.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with state and municipal governments will continue to keep you advised of developments with Hurricane Florence. We encourage you to remain vigilant and stay informed on the storm’s projected path through the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Your safety is of paramount importance, please continue to rely on official sources for your updates on Hurricane Florence and we ask you to avoid misinformation spread through social media.

Please pass this information along to family and friends. Thank you for staying informed.

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