COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the best thing for people near the coast to do now is hunker down as Hurricane Matthew will bring dangerous flooding and storm surge to the area.
"Now is the time to ask for prayer,' Haley said. "I wish all of you that you be safe, that you be careful, and that you take care of each other."
Haley said those who have not evacuated should find a way to get to the highest part of their home when Matthew hits, or go to a neighbor's house.
IMPACTS IN S.C.:
Forecasters say the storm surge has begun, and will increase as the hours go by.
6-9 foot storm surges are possible south of Charleston, while north of Charleston, 5-7 foot is likely
8-14 inches of rain along the coast
3- 6 inches across the Midlands
S.C. EMERGENCY INFORMATION HOTLINE:
355,000 have evacuated, up from 310,000 earlier.
174 medical facilities have been evacuated.
69 are open, with plenty of room left in them.
4,249 are in shelters
2 pet friendly shelters-- Spartanburg and Summerville
Find S.C. shelters on SCEMD.org
All aircraft have been grounded along the coast, including police choppers and search and rescue.
Transit has stopped in that area, and bridges are expected to close.
S.C. LAW ENFORCEMENT
Law enforcement will be grounded when the storm hits, as officers and EMS seek shelter.
2,500 guardsmen have been activated.
S.C. ACCESS POINTS:
When the rain stops, that does not mean you can go back. The first groups that go in will be law enforcement and SCDOT. You will be allowed to access the area when it's approved as safe.
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