South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster is ordering the evacuations of 143 health care facilities on the coast. He said he’ll decide Saturday morning whether to order an evacuation for residents. But he warns the major highways are already getting crowded with people leaving Florida and Georgia.
“We are already experiencing additional high levels of traffic from those states coming into our state to escape the storm and to get into safer ground,” he said. “So as the storm proceeds on there will be more and more people.”
McMaster says there are thousands of National Guard troops, law enforcement officers and other personnel ready to help with evacuations, if necessary. He says the Red Cross plans to set up 200 shelters throughout the state if the storm continues to head towards South Carolina.