Listen: South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster and Myrtle Beach discussed on BBC World Service
"This is still a very very dangerous stolen, not only on the coast. But also in the interior of the state, and the very unusual part is going to days. So that means we're going to have to be patient. As we leave our homes, and we've now had over four hundred twenty one people at the county twenty one thousand four hundred one thousand and you've actually evacuated and we expect more but the. There will be a still people will be on the roads. But we would save when when it comes time for those winds to get to Myrtle Beach. That'd be the first place L rival sometime this evening that is at least thirty nine to forty miles an hour time to get off of that room. And there's a stall moves in in Charleston tonight. You should not be on the road. And when it gets down to Beaufort sometime tomorrow, you should not be on the road. So if you get if you're gonna leave, and you should leave if you have not left these evacuation zones, you should leave now because time is running out and remember this once these wind start blowing that tropical storm rate, it will be virtually impossible for the rescues to get in to rescue you. So they will be leaving just like the others because it'll be highly dangerous to be there. So if you have not left if you are any place of danger zones now is the time to go because that wouldn't have opportunity is closing on you very quickly. And if you stay in those Wendy bridges may be overrun, maybe debris owned bridges. It'd be electrical lines will be down possibly all over. The state will be roads closed mccalls of trees. Across the road. There'd be some of the roads will be washed out. It will be very difficult for people to get into fix those things until the winds have gone the reign of society. And even then it will take days to do it. Governor Henry McMaster, the first responders will be the first ones to go land. They'll have to be cutting trees and trying to put up the power lines. So for those people whether you in those areas, are you outside of those areas, you should plan to be patient because you may not be leaving wherever you are for several days. It may take a week. It may take two three. We don't know. But we know that things will not be normal for many days how we five oh one is now going in both directions. As of noon today, actually, six will be going in both directions as of six o'clock pm today because we don't expect many people to be going into the area except first responders and those who are still sitting up is mentioned Powell. Will be out for a long time. Think about what you need for power. If you have a cell phone just not gonna last the length of time, it just gonna take to get through this storm without being re powered so you need to have an extra battery or someplace to go that has plenty of power. I mentioned the trees are go beat down on the roads. Power lines are going to be down on the roads. Don't drive your car info standing water on the road. And they'd be no road underneath edge standing water, and maybe a power on down under that standing water. This is normally dangerous and also we may have flash flood. So if you see a barricade do not go around the barricade, then again, don't try to take your well known short cook it usually works. Follow the signs follow the evacuation signs, and again is getting late to evacuate. So if you are in one of these areas, you need to go on and get out now again, the power line crews, low officers and others will be the first to go back in. We will people will. Not be able to go back into their homes. We know everyone wants to get back to see what is happening to take care of things that will not be possible. Until those areas have been cleared by the proper authorities away. She plays. They what structures because they're giving them for your safety and found out say this. We're well aware of the tendency of some people to get in early and loot thieves all over the place, and you can't be assured South Carolina law enforcement, authorities in all different aspects will be on how for such we want to keep our people safe keep their property secure general Livingston. Governor governor and people South Carolina takes off Carolina. Thunder strike percents perspective. We are set. We have maybe have a few minor adjustments. But we're set ready for the storm. We need the rest of the team, South Carolina. The citizens of South Carolina to be set and the governor has made some very cautious decisions to make sure that we don't gamble with people's lives. And we don't want you to gamble with your life. We're continuing to coordinate with our neighbors to the north. Both of our national guards have about three thousand people activated at this time, and we are able to strike resources on the border. So as the storm comes across the border. We're prepared to deal with that. Thank you, governor Christie home station. Just like to give you a quick update on DOT and traffic operations state traffic has been relatively light this afternoon. Our cheque volumes have been dropping off steadily. As a storm approaches, the rehearsals that had been put in place on at twenty six US five I one have function very, well and operated has designed at twenty six in particular through noon today, we moved an estimated fifty one thousand vehicles. Since evacuation time that includes up to four hundred vehicles per hour on the reverse side. As well. For tuesday. We had a peak of about four hundred vehicles per hour t today on I twenty six reversal. And then yesterday we had a peak of about five hundred sixty vehicles per hour using riverside on I twenty six without that reversal in place. We believe that we would have had a lot of congestion slow moving traffic on I twenty six by Tuesday and Wednesday. With regards to US five I one three name today. We've moved an estimated thirty three thousand vehicles out of the model beach and PD area including up to about five hundred seventy vehicles per hour both TJ in Wednesday. So both days we had about six hundred vehicle for our movements on that facility. As governor mentioned we estimate that we've made about four hundred and twenty twenty one thousand evacuees out of the."