Hurricane evacuation order lifted, officials urge patience

Johnsonville/ Hemingway, Elizabeth Owens

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced Sunday that all evacuation orders for Hurricane Matthew had been lifted and people could begin returning home.  But she urged everyone to have patience.

All major interstates across South Carolina are open, but some travelers tell News 2 there is some debris along parts of I-26 and I-95.  Evacuees are also urged to take other roads besides I-26 if you can due to an expected high volume of traffic.

Tri-County emergency operators also held a news conference Sunday urging everyone to have patience as work continues to recover from the hurricane.  Repair crews are working to restore power to thousands of people across the Lowcountry, so if you encounter any traffic lights that are out, treat them as four-way stops.  County officials are also working to close shelters in the next 24 hours, with buses taking people back to where they were picked up.

Berkeley County set up a Facebook page where people can report damage and authorities can get help to them.


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