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Gov. Henry McMaster, State Officials Hold Hurricane Irma Briefing, Give Evacutaion Update 



COLUMBIA, S.C. - Governor Henry McMaster today held a media briefing with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina and the progress of evacuation efforts.


44,457 affected by the evacuation in barrier islands:

532 in Edisto Beach,

468 on Dafuskie Island

743 on Fripp Island

105 Harbor Island

168 Hunting Island

42,000 Hilton Head Island

409 Knowles Island  

32 Tullifiny Island

1349 National Guardsmen on duty

1696 Troopers and local law enforcement on duty

107 State Guardsmen on duty

264 SLED, PPP, DNR Agents on duty

MOU-FLORIDA – Today Governor McMaster signed a memorandum of understanding with Governor Rick Scott of Florida to provide assistance from our first responders, law enforcement, national guard, state fire rescue teams and other agencies as needed.

TRAFFIC: Traffic along our interstates 95 and 26 is moving along with no significant congestion.

FUEL: Fuel is continuing to be delivered to stations from terminals in Charleston, Augusta and Belton.  Branded gas stations (Exxon, BP etc) are not experiencing shortages because they have contracts with the major oil companies.  Independent non-branded stations purchase fuel on the “spot” market and are able to purchase what is left over – which is why some are experiencing shortages.

EVACUEES – Not only are we opening shelters for South Carolinians, we are now preparing shelters to receive Floridians and Georgians – should they be needed.


Colleton County

Colleton Middle School -1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive Walterboro

Jasper County

Ridgeland High Junior and Elementary School - 250 Jaguar Trail – Ridgeland


Dent Middle School - 2721 Decker Blvd – Columbia

(Opening 9am tomorrow)

Beaufort County

Bluffton High School -12 H.C. McCracken Circle - Bluffton

Battery Creek High - 1 Blue Dolphin Drive - Beaufort



Fairfax Elementary School - 734 East 14th Street - Fairfax

Allendale Elementary School - 4561 Allendale-Fairfax Hwy – Allendale


North Charleston High School - 1087 East Montague Avenue - North Charleston  

Stall High School - 3625 Ashley Phosphate Road - North Charleston


Oakbrook Middle School - 286 Old Fort Dr. - Ladson

Fort Dorchester High - 8500 Patriot Blvd - North Charleston

Dubose Middle -1005 Dubose School Rd - Summerville


Hampton Elementary School - 505 S Hoover Street - Hampton

Estill High School - 1450 Columbia Hwy North – Estill


Bethune Bowman Middle/High School - 4857 Charleston Hwy - Rowesville

Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School - 601 Bruin Parkway – Orangeburg


Kingstree Senior High (East Campus) - 615 MLK Jr. Ave - Kingstree

DAMS: Based on the governor's executive order, DHEC has inspected 51 dams in the state and identified 8 that they will monitor and follow up on when the rains begin.

HOTELS: Hotel rooms are available in Myrtle Beach. They is also availability in the Upstate.