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Gov. Haley: Please be patient, don't take frustrations out on first responders

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A member of the South Carolina Army National Guard wades through shoulder-deep water to check on Edisto Beach residents. (Source: Edisto Beach Police Department) A member of the South Carolina Army National Guard wades through shoulder-deep water to check on Edisto Beach residents. (Source: Edisto Beach Police Department)
STATEWIDE (WIS) -

As Hurricane Matthew recovery continues, frustrations are mounting as South Carolinians attempt to return home or continue living in their powerless homes for a third day.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she understands the emotions residents are feeling but hopes those who encounter emergency workers and first responders treat them with respect.

RELATED: See photos of Hurricane Matthew damage from around the Midlands.

"Do not take your frustration out on our first responders, Haley said. "Thank them. They are doing as much as they can."

Many have not been able to see their homes since evacuating late last week. Several areas in the state remained closed to the public as emergency worked prepare roads and neighborhoods for habitation. 

Others have been without electricity for days. The number of those customers without service at 1 p.m. Monday was 473,567, which is down from 861,000 24 hours ago. "They're on top of this," Haley said. The 8,000 linemen working across the state are "moving as fast as they can."

"While we are dealing with challenges," she said, "we are moving forward. South Carolina is getting stronger by the day."

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