When a hurricane threatens South Carolina’s coast, you may plan to leave voluntarily or you may be ordered to evacuate. Charleston County no longer issues voluntary evacuation orders; however based on reports from the National Weather Service, the Governor, and Charleston County EPD, the Mayor will issue a recommendation to evacuate the island.
By evacuating early, you will be able to pick your own evacuation route. If you wait for an evacuation order, you will be told which route to take. You could be stuck in traffic and you may not be able to find accommodations. Vehicles may be prohibited from crossing bridges due to strong winds. You are strongly encouraged to leave early before an evacuation order.