Mandatory evacuation order lifted for some South Carolina counties

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South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has lifted his mandatory evacuation order for Beaufort, Colleton, and Jasper counties, which the exception of Edisto Beach based on updated predictions from the National Hurricane Center.

His mandatory evacuation order is still in effect for all zones in Horry, Georgetown, Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties, and for Edisto Beach.

Additionally, the governor has ordered that schools and state offices in the following counties will be open beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Barnwell, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper.

Evacuation shelter locations for those evacuating from the state’s northern and central coastal counties will be available on scemd.org and in the SC Emergency Manager mobile app as soon as they are opened.

Evacuees should pack the following essential items in anticipation of a potentially prolonged evacuation period: required medications, adequate clothing, and essential personal items. Residents going to evacuation shelters should bring their own blankets, pillows, cots, and special food items if they are on restricted diets.

Individuals and families should plan to board pets with veterinarians, kennels, or other facilities in non-vulnerable areas. Pets are not allowed inside Red Cross evacuation shelters.

Many of the evacuees are expected to land in the Upstate.

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