Hurricane Dorian, currently a Category 2 with winds of around 105 mph, is expected to make landfall in Beaufort County, South Carolina, near Hilton Head between 6 and 8 a.m. ET tomorrow and work its way up the coast into North Carolina, according to South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster.
Officials are expecting winds along the coast to be around 90 mph, and 6 to 12 inches of rain to cause flooding east of I-95.
Charleston is already expecting flooding due to tides. Gov. McMaster says water is the real danger, as the storm surge will begin to be felt along the South Carolina coast this afternoon.
South Carolina DPS officials estimate that around 360,000 people have evacuated as of 8 a.m. today — 10% to 15% of those are tourists, numbers which are comparable to evacuations from the area last year.
DPS officials ask that when winds reach 45 mph, people avoid driving over bridges.
The I-26 lane reversal was extended an additional two hours due to an influx of Westbound traffic, but was officially ended at 2 p.m. ET today, according to the South Carolina DPS.
Governor McMaster reaffirmed that there is “still time to get out” for the people in the State’s evacuation zones. “We want everyone to leave,” McMaster said.