Gov. McMaster, local leaders stress safety in press conference

Gov. McMaster, local leaders stress safety in press conference

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a media briefing with state emergency response officials Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

McMaster, along with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural resources and others stressed the potential dangers that Hurricane Florence could bring as it makes its way to the Carolinas, drawing similarities to Hurricane Hugo.

"This Hurricane is bringing some rain and water that we have not seen before in Hurricane," McMaster said, "Winds may match that of Hugo, but Florence may bring more rain."

McMaster also said there may be water coming from rivers from North and South Carolina, which could lead to flooding.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety said they will begin to close the reverted routes on I-26 at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Those who are in front of the state trooper cars as they close the reverted lanes, but after that residents can only take westbound lanes to Columbia.

Residents who are in Columbia will not be able to get to Charleston via I-26 during the storm.

"Prepare for the worst, hope for the best," McMaster said he told residents.

In past press briefings, the governor has issued lane closures, mandatory evacuations, closed schools, and given preparedness updates from various agencies.

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