SCDOT starts lane reversals for mandatory evacuations from east coast

SCDOT starts lane reversals for mandatory evacuations from east coast

(WIS) - As Florence's track continues to show it will impact the southeastern U.S. coast, mandatory evacuations issued by SC Gov. Henry McMaster begin Tuesday, Sept. 11 at noon.

S.C. Department of Public Safety and S.C. Department of Transportation, along with supporting agencies, will reverse the direction of traffic along certain evacuation routes to ease the flow of traffic away from the coast.

Charleston to Columbia: A full four-lane reversal on I-26 in Charleston will begin at the interchange of I-26 and I-526. The full reversal continues west until the I-26 crossover to I-77 just outside Columbia in Lexington County.

Horry County: Horry County has two four-lane reversals along US 501: SC 544 to US 378; and US 501: Between SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to SC 576 near Marion County.

For the Beaufort and Hilton Head area, US 278 and US 21 will be reversed if traffic conditions warrant.

People who live in the following coastal areas must evacuate beginning noon Tuesday. Residents who do not know their zones can visit SCEMD's "Know Your Zone" website where they can enter their address and be given their precise zones and view detailed maps of the zones.

  • Northern South Carolina Coast (All Zones)
    • Horry County Evacuation Zones A, B, C
    • Georgetown County Evacuation Zones A, B, C
  • Central South Carolina Coast (All Zones)
    • Charleston County Evacuation Zones A, B, C
    • Dorchester County Evacuation Zones D, E, F
    • Berkeley County Evacuation Zones B, G, H, I

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted for the following areas:

  • Southern Coast (All Zones)
    • Colleton County Evacuation Zones A, B
    • Beaufort County Evacuation Zone A
    • Jasper County Evacuation Zones A, B

Edisto beach is still under mandatory evacuation orders.

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