Hurricane Dorian continues to maneuver through the Atlantic Ocean, currently impacting the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm (185 mph sustained winds). The National Hurricane Center (NHC) predicts that Dorian will impact the coastal areas of Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. The storm, however, will not impact South Carolina until sometime Wednesday, September 4th. During his 2:00 PM press conference, Governor McMaster reminded South Carolina residents that “Team South Carolina” is prepared to respond to the effects of Hurricane Dorian along our coast, while issuing a mandatory evacuation notice for the general population of the coastal counties taking effect at noon on Monday, September 2nd. This means that we should expect to see an increase in traffic from those affected by the evacuation notice, which will be facilitated by mandatory lane reversals restricting Eastbound travel on I-26. The current forecast suggests that we will only experience minimal effects from the storm, in both wind and rain. As always, Public Safety will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as necessary.
For additional information concerning lane reversals, visit https://www.scdot.org/travel/stormResources.aspx.