Gov. Nikki Haley addresses concerns, gives updates on Hurricane Matthew


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) – Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference on Wednesday morning to discuss the latest developments with Hurricane Matthew.

She said Charleston County will be under evacuation beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, including a lane reversal on I-26.

RELATED: Lane reversals begin Wednesday for Hurricane Matthew evacuation plan

Gov. Haley made a change to coastal evacuations ahead of the potential landfall of Hurricane Matthew by postponing Georgetown and Horry counties until Thursday morning.

Haley said the state National Guard has been activated to help residents evacuate along the coast, and comfort stations will be available.

An estimated 315 buses from Greenville are on the way to the coast to take Lowcountry residents to Greenville for safety

More than one million residents are being asked to leave their homes ahead of the storm.

RELATED: Hurricane Matthew: One million-plus urged to flee coastal South Carolina

As of Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Matthew is expected to reach the coast between Friday morning and Saturday evening.

The Governor says she’s aware hotels in the surrounding areas are quickly filling up, but is telling people to look in Greenville, Spartanburg, or on Airbnb if they’re still searching for a room. And while some gas stations are facing high demand and are running out of gas, most will be supplied again. She is currently working with the attorney general to address price gouging.

Gov. Haley said federal agents are not involved at this point. There will be a press conference with more updates Wednesday afternoon.

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