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Gov. McMaster delivers reality check for living in paradise


CONWAY — Gov. McMaster met with local officials here Friday to compare disaster readiness notes and let Horry County residents know the state is ready to lend a hand this hurricane season.

Public safety officials conducted lane reversal practices Thursday on U.S. 501 and other major state highways to prepare for possible evacuations.

The state is getting ready, and McMaster said at a media event locals must get prepared as well.

“South Carolina is still paradise,” McMaster said. “With oceans on this end, that means we’re subject to hurricanes.”

“We don’t know when they’re going to come, but we’ve got to be ready for them,” McMaster said.

Evacuation routes can be quickly determined and mapped by clicking here.

Horry County was struck last year by Hurricane Florence, and in 2016 by Hurricane Matthew.

Evacuations were called for both storms, but instead of storm surges, Horry County was hit hardest by inland river flooding.

The official hurricane season began June 1, and runs through November.

Hurricanes Matthew and Florence struck in October.