COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – South Carolina Governor Haley opened Saturday morning’s press conference with this warning, “As you can tell a lot is still going on whether it’s winds or rain. We’re still having flooding events similar to like what we had last year. So it is still a very serious situation, and we are not out of the woods.”
According to Haley, county officials, DOT & utility crews as well as law enforcement are out assessing the damage. In many areas it is still not safe for them to be in the field, but as soon as they can begin assessing the damage they will do so and begin reporting what they find.
– As of Saturday morning, the state’s 78 shelters housed 6,651 evacuees. That’s up from 4,250 Friday night, but the shelters still have plenty of room for other displaced residents
– There are 437,303 reported power outages. Most of those are in Beaufort, Charleston and Richmond
Gov. Haley also addressed driving conditions saying trees are down all over the impacted areas. The southern part of I-95 is also closed due to trees down and other road hazards. When addressing residents concerns over dam capacities and status, she pointed residents to www.scemd.org to get the latest information.
The governor also warned against a cyber security issue, “We have a cyber situation that is going on in that people will start receiving email saying they have updates on outages, and if you want to know the updates on outages, click here. Once you click there, they get into your computer. So if you do not know the person sending you the email, delete it.”
The National Hurricane Center placed Matthew’s eye at 30 miles ESE of Charleston and moving to the northeast at 12 miles per hour. Matthew has already brought significant impacts to coastal areas and further inland. Overnight reports show that the Lowcountry has already recieved 10-14 inches of rain with 5-11 inches in and around the Grand Strand and Pee Dee areas. The highest gust was 88 mph in Hilton Head. Matthew will continue to move up the coast impacting areas north of Charleston over the next several hours.
Gov. Haley will hold another press conference, Saturday, October 8, at 6:00 p.m. at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center (EOC). She will update the public on Hurricane Matthew’s potential impact to the state.