Tri-county officials stress unpredictability of Hurricane Florence, tell residents to leave

Tri-county officials stress unpredictability of Hurricane Florence, tell residents to leave

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council Chairman Vic Rawl was listening to National Public Radio Wednesday on his way to a press conference with tri-county officials about Hurricane Florence.

For him, it was hearing that the C-17s evacuating Joint-Base Charleston that underlined the importance of people leaving as soon as possible for the areas under a mandatory evacuation.

"That tells you something," he said. "If those folks are getting their personnel and manpower out of the way, you should think about doing the same thing."

His messaging was repeated by Mount Pleasant Mayor Will Haynie and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg. Hayne specifically mentioned the town's three priorities are life, property and storm recovery.

All three also stressed how quickly the storm changed and how unpredictable it has become.

"This is a really unpredictable hurricane," Tecklenburg said. "Many of the spaghetti models have it coming to South Carolina after that initial landfall. No more waiting around, it's time to make that decision and the best thing to do is get out of here."

City officials including Tecklenburg and Police Chief Luther Reynolds urged residents to leave as soon as possible on Wednesday morning during a press conference in front of the Gaillard Center. 

Charleston district eight councilman Mike Seekings also reminded people that CARTA would stop normal services at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night and would only start again at the discretion of Charleston County leaders on Thursday.

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