'Get out now': Charleston officials urge residents to obey evacuation order

DIGITAL EXTRA: City of Charleston 10:15 a.m. Hurricane Florence update

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - "Get out, get out now"

That was the message from Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg Wednesday morning who along with Police Chief Luther Reynolds and other officials who made the message loud and clear to leave Charleston as soon as possible.

The message came two days after Gov. Henry McMaster ordered a mandatory evacuation of coastal counties because of Hurricane Florence. The lanes of I-26 were all reversed on Tuesday to help people evacuate.

"The unpredictability is bearing out," Tecklenburg said. "That's our worst concern at this point is the rain and the flooding that we may see this weekend."

The city says it will get to as much trash as it can before services end later Wednesday.  Mount Pleasant mayor Will Haynie joined Tecklenburg in telling people to get out.

"You have a degree of power to introduce certainty into this situation by heeding the governor's evacuation order," he said. "You can replace your property, but you can not replace you."

Police chief Luther Reynolds added that he has been in touch with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office and North Charleston police about the situation and preparing for Hurricane Florence. He underlined the point that even if you call 911, there is a chance rescue services may not be able to get to you.

"It's likely we'll get significant flooding and high winds," he said. "Everyone in public safety will have an easier job if everyone evacuates now."

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