UPDATE: Midlands region braces for impact from Dorian evacuations

Here is a map of the coastal evacuation zones released by the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. (Photo courtesy of SCEMD)

 

Mandatory evacuations from eight zones along the South Carolina coastline are ordered to begin at noon today (Monday, Sept. 2), which could mean several hundred thousand Lowcountry and Grand Strand residents flooding into the Midlands ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s brush with the Carolinas.

Gov. Henry McMaster held a briefing Sunday afternoon, calling for the mandatory evacuation of residents from Charleston, Horry, Georgetown, Beaufort, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley and Jasper counties. To facilitate the evacuation, all lanes of Interstate 26 out of Charleston to Columbia have been reversed as of 5 a.m. Monday.

The latest forecast track of Hurricane Dorian, still a Category 5 storm despite sustained winds weakening to 165 mph overnight, shows it on course to brush the South Carolina coast by 2 a.m. Thursday. The forecast cone does not indicate landfall in South Carolina, but the possibility of rain and tropical storm-force winds extends across most of the Palmetto State.

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division continues to update a Hurricane Dorian page on its website, accessible here.

The Twin-City News will continue to monitor this storm and update its website and social media as the potential impact on the Midlands comes more into focus.

This is most recent forecast track map released by the National Hurricane Center at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, showing the storm continuing to pass just off the Carolinas’ coastlines. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)

From Staff Reports / Posted August 31, 2019