Evacuation orders for Hurricane Matthew lifted for all SC counties

Gov. Nikki Haley Sat. news conf

GCOLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — Gov. Nikki Haley announced that evacuation orders have been lifted for all residents in Georgetown and Horry as of 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

There are no effective evacuation orders remaining, as orders for Charleston, Dorchester, Berkeley, Colleton, Beaufort and Jasper counties were lifted Sunday.

Returning residents are encouraged to exercise patience and expect lengthy travel times, blocked roadways and detours back to evacuated areas, according to South Carolina Emergency Management Division officials.

Motorists are asked not to drive around barricades or use emergency lanes that are needed for first responders.

Governor Nikki Haley issued evacuation orders last week ahead of Hurricane Matthew. Lanes on I-26 were reversed for three days to expedite the hundreds of thousands of people who drove inland to evacuate.

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