Lane reversals now underway on Interstate 26

Credit: WCBD/Evan West
Credit: WCBD/Evan West

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — People in the Lowcounty are evacuating ahead of Hurricane Matthew.

Governor Nikki Haley has ordered an evacuation of coastal areas.

Traffic was bumper to bumper in some places along interstate 26 heading away from Charleston throughout the day.

Some rest stops even added portable restrooms due to the influx of commuters.

Hurricane Matthew: What you need to know

Transportation officials reversed the eastbound lanes of I-26 heading into Charleston, resulting in travel only being possible in one direction while the evacuation is in progress.

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The above video was sent to us from a News 2 viewer driving on the reversed lanes in North Charleston.

Keep in mind, you cannot exit I-26 eastbound until reaching Columbia. You can exit normally from westbound lanes. If you want to travel north on I-95, then make sure you are in the eastbound lanes of I-26 and cross over to the westbound lanes at mile marker 187 to merge onto I-95.

According to Georgetown County officials, the Georgetown bridges will not close, except in cases of structural damage or if there is a wreck or other incident that requires emergency responders to close lanes temporarily while they  clear the scene.  Also, there are no lane reversals scheduled at this time in Georgetown County.

The hurricane is currently a strong category three but is expected to increase to a category four as it nears Florida.

The storm is forecast to be a category four when it gets closer South Carolina Saturday.

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