For those who choose not to evacuate, take proper caution and you're on your own, they added. Coastal schools will be closed the remainder of the week and communities along the coast will begin evacuating Wednesday, Gov.
Once evacuations begin, drivers will have to go where law enforcement directs them,
Those skeptical of leaving should be willing to live without water and power, said Lt. Col.
"Prepare to endure or get out of the way of this major hurricane," said Baxley, who recommended the
Hurricane Matthew presents the biggest threat to the area since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, Baxley and
Tanner noted the size of the hurricane -- likening the storm to
Officials said those who insist on staying should fill their tub with water to be able to flush toilets, and fill pots, pans and empty containers with drinking water. A generator and gasoline are a necessity, and residents should be ready to lose their roof and for flying debris, they said.
Baxley said that during hurricane-force winds, 911 calls would be logged but that first responders might be hunkered down and unable to reach people until after the storm.
Everyone should have a plan. Residents might believe their home is out of reach of a storm surge but should also consider surrounding roads and other low-lying areas that could affect travel, Baxley said.
Residents unable to evacuate will be transferred to hurricane shelters in other counties using Palmetto Breeze buses.
During the evacuation, one lane will be reversed leaving
County officials urged residents to secure important documents like deeds, medical records and insurance documents. Loose yard equipment should be secured so as to not become a projectile.
Boarding up windows is a personal preference, but homeowners should check with their insurance carriers, officials said.
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