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Evacuations ordered for parts of South Carolina

Posted: 7:42 PM, Sep 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-01 19:50:47-04
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MIAMI (AP) - — South Carolina's governor has ordered a mandatory evacuation of his state's entire coast as Hurricane Dorian threatens.

Gov. Henry McMaster's order goes into effect at noon Monday, when state troopers will begin reversing lanes so that people can all head inland on major coastal highways.

Authorities say the order covers approximately 830,000 people, many of whom will be evacuating for the fourth time in four years.

McMaster says he knows some people won't be happy having to leave their home. But he says "we believe we can keep everyone alive."

The National Hurricane Center forecasts the center of Dorian is to stay off shore while paralleling the South Carolina coast starting Wednesday afternoon. But a small error in the forecast could send the eye and strongest winds into the state.

The evacuations begin Monday at 12 p.m.:

Southern Coast

  • Colleton County Evacuation Zones A, B
  • Beaufort County Evacuation Zone A
  • Jasper County Evacuation Zone A

Central Coast

  • Charleston County Evacuation Zones A, B, C
  • Dorchester County Evacuation Zone D
  • Berkeley County Evacuation Zones B, G

Northern Coast

  • Horry County Evacuation Zone A
  • Georgetown County Evacuation Zone A