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South Carolina governor orders evacuations ahead of Hurricane Matthew

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley ordered evacuations in coastal cities, affecting approximately a million people in the predicted path of Hurricane Matthew.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation has established evacuation routes throughout the entire coastline.

On Monday, Oct. 3, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Matthew. As of press time, the Florida Department of Transportation was establishing emergency routes. Updated evacuation information can be found at FloridaDisaster.org.

Hurricane Matthew strengthened into a deadly Category 5 storm on Saturday, Oct. 1, and made landfall in Haiti at approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, as a Category 4 hurricane. It was the strongest hurricane to hit Haiti in more than 50 years.

Current forecasts show Hurricane Matthew reaching Florida between Thursday, Oct.6, and Friday, Oct. 7. South Carolina could get hit by the storm sometime Friday. Although unpredictable, the hurricane is forecast to sustain winds consistent with a Category 3 hurricane if and when it reaches the Southeast.

Batten down the hatches.