COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCBD) — Governor Nikki Haley is scheduled to hold a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew.
She will be speaking at the South Carolina Emergency Operations Center in Columbia at 12:00 p.m.
All coastal evacuations have been lifted and people are returning to counties along the coast, but hundreds of thousands of electric customers remain without power. The attention now is turning to the Pee Dee where rising flood waters have forced people from their homes and are blocking roads and streets.
But other schools, including those in Beaufort and Horry counties, remain closed as do a number of school districts in the Pee Dee where rivers are overflowing their banks because of the torrential rains from Matthew. Some areas in the Pee Dee received as much as 15 inches of rain. Most schools and government offices in that region remain closed.
Power is slowly flowing back to South Carolina homes and businesses left in the dark after Hurricane Matthew hammered the state.
Utility company outage maps show that as of early Tuesday, just over 300,000 customers across the state remain without power. That’s down from about 400,000 late Monday and down from the total of about 850,000 customers who lost power during last weekend’s storm.
It’s expected to be several days before power is restored.
Rush hour traffic was busy as usual in Charleston for the first time since last week. Most Charleston County schools are reopening, although some won’t open until later this week because of power and other problems. A school on Edisto Island may be closed for up to 10 days.