As Hurricane Matthew begins to move towards the Bahamas, an estimated 1.1 million people could be evacuating South Carolina. Governor Nikki Haley declared a State of Emergency Tuesday, effectively forcing residents from their coastal homes.
"With winds and storm surge forecasted, this is something we don't want to play with," Gov. Haley said. "I don't want to talk about fatalities, our goal is to save anyone that we can."
Gov. Haley is encouraging everyone residing within 100 miles of the coast to evacuate. Haley urges everyone that evacuating will be a slow process and could take take several hours. Haley asks those who are evacuating to "pack some patience."
Medical evacuations began at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and will continue until it is no longer safe to due so.
Evacuations for coastal residents and visitors is scheduled to start at 3:00 pm Wednesday. County Emergency Mangers along with Governor Haley ask citizens to know your zone.
Local government offices and school systems will be closed for the rest of the week. Here is the full list of schools that will be closed statewide, as of Tuesday afternoon: Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Dorchester, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry, Jasper, Lee, Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Sumter, and Williamsburg.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of Emergency for 66 counties in Central and Eastern North Carolina. At the time of this article, no evacuation plans have been announced for North Carolina.