Edisto Beach officials wasting no time informing residents of evacuation

Edisto Beach officials wasting no time informing residents of evacuation

EDISTO BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Edisto Beach is one of the coastal communities that is under orders to evacuate, and officials are wasting no time letting folks know they have to leave.

Several businesses are already boarded up, like a real estate office on the causeway.

Officials are warning folks that if they stay they may be risking their lives.

Town officials gave the official word about the mandatory evacuation at a public meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Police Chief George Brothers says he's concerned that many aren't taking Hurricane Matthew seriously.

"They get complacent," Brothers said."It's been a long time since we've had a major hurricane hit and everybody's forgotten about Hugo."

This afternoon, fire officials, police and volunteers went door to door to let visitors and residents know that Matthew may be coming.

One longtime resident says she will leave.

"It's just one of these things, one of the perils of living in paradise," said Barbara Wahl.

Even the town's mayor is taking the warning seriously.

She already has her hurricane shutters up.

The chief warns that anyone who refuses to leave won't be able to get any help once the cops, firefighters and EMS techs are gone.

"There will be no emergency services here. Once everybody leaves, call 912 nobody's coming," Brothers said.

No one knows what the hurricane will do to the town.

Wahl is not worried.

"Insurance! I can't fight Mother Nature, but I can certainly pay my insurance premiums."

At 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, no one will be able to get onto Edisto Beach.

The chief is advising people here to leave as early as possible to avoid any traffic issues.

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