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Georgetown Co. officials stress evacuation in Hurricane Florence press conference

Georgetown County Officials held a press conference ahead of Hurricane Florence (source: Live 5 News) Georgetown County Officials held a press conference ahead of Hurricane Florence (source: Live 5 News)
GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

The Georgetown County Sheriff and elected officials held a press conference Wednesday afternoon as Hurricane Florence makes it way to the Carolinas.

The Georgetown County administrator says Florence will give the county a combination of what they have faced over the last three years, citing wind, storm surge and flooding.

The county administrator says he cannot over-emphasize the importance of residents to heed the advice to leave if they live in an evacuation zone.

The Georgetown County emergency management director says they have seen very little movement of people evacuating from the mandatory evacuation zones, reiterating that now is the time to evacuate.

The Georgetown County sheriff also stressed evacuating if you are in an evacuation zone, saying they will have to pull resources and may not be able to help those who decide to stay in the case of an emergency

Georgetown County school officials say the schools have been sandbagged and prepped for the storm. Despite this, officials say it will take a while for things to get back in place to return to school.

The mayors of Georgetown, Pawleys Island and Andrews were also at the press conference.

Pawleys Island mayor James Braswell says this storm is going to be ugly and to expect a lot of devastation.

The press conference was held at the J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center

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