Coastal Residents Head to Area Shelters

September 13, 2018, 10:38 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Governor Henry McMaster continues to urge residents in the path of Hurricane Florence to use this time to evacuate.

“We have been predicting this hurricane is unpredictable. It seems to change a little bit here and there and making predictions very difficult,” he said during a press conference Wednesday.

Leaders at various state agencies joined him at that press conference and explained they are still getting ready for the storm, which includes mapping out flood-prone zones and mapping out plan of action for search and rescue efforts post-storm.

The Governor also advised people to leave communities in evacuation zones because once the trouble hits, it might be too late.

“If you are in an area that usually floods, if you are in a low-lying area, even if you are not in an evacuation zone, or you are on one of those counties in an evacuation zones where the order has not been given to evacuate — leave. Go ahead and leave and find higher ground.”

We’re taking a look at the numbers of those currently seeking shelter:

Right now, 35 shelters are serving more than 1,800 people. That number is expected to grow as the storm nears.

We are told 19 shelters remain on standby if necessary to take in more people as they try to get away from the storm.

If you need a ride to a shelter, you can contact your counties citizen call center to learn where to find transportation.

CHARLESTON COUNTY: 843-746-3900

DORCHESTER COUNTY: 843-832-0393 or 843-563-0393

BERKELEY COUNTY: 843-719-4800

GEORGETOWN COUNTY: 843-545-3273

– CITY OF NORTH CHARLESTON: 843-740-2800

We also have a list of open shelter locations, just click here.