Beaufort Co. officials: ‘If you’ve chosen to stay, stay home’

VIDEO: Beaufort county press conference Wednesday

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Beaufort County officials took the last dry hours before Hurricane Dorian to tell residents to just stay home if they have decided not to follow the governor’s mandatory evacuation order.

“If you do not have to be driving around during or after this, dont," Sheriff PJ Tanner said. “If you don’t have to be moving around during this, do not.”

The county remains on OPCON 1 and Lt. Col. Neil Baxley said officials are expecting four to seven feet of storm surge. A curfew is also in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday night.

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“You’re going to face power outages,” Baxley said. “We’re going to experience power outages as soon as the tropical storm force winds arrive. The power crews will not be able to go out in those winds and restore. If you’re going to stay be prepared for extended power outages. I’m talking days, not hours."

Once the storm has stopped, county officials say crews will begin a first push to clear roads to the hospitals, then the main roads and then secondary roads.

Tanner said the county’s primary method of communication with residents is through Nixle, and encouraged anyone who had not signed up for access to do so.

“If you’re out riding around, be prepared to get stopped because we’re going to find out who you are, what you are and why you’re doing it,” Baxley said. “If you don’t have a good reason for being there, we will take appropriate action.”

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