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Gov. McMaster cautions SC residents as Hurricane Florence moves toward state

Gov. Henry McMaster speaks Friday afternoon in Columbia (Source: Live 5) Gov. Henry McMaster speaks Friday afternoon in Columbia (Source: Live 5)
COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster asked people to remain patient during a last-minute news conference before Hurricane Florence begins to impact the state. 

"Florence is here to stay for awhile," McMaster said from Columbia Friday afternoon. "We're going to have to have patience, we're going to have to be careful and we're going to have to deal with a lot of water."

He referenced the floods of 2015 as well as Hurricane Hugo in an attempt to underline the gravity of the situation. He added that there would be no mercy for those who try to steal from others' homes during the storm. 

"This is going to be a very trying period for the state," he said."We're liable to have flash floods, bridges and roads washed out."

South Carolina Department of Transportation head Christy Hall said trees are already down in areas of Horry County and citizens should prepare for flooding. She stressed that SCDOT's first priority was to maintain drivable routes from all directions to get around the state in both north/south and east/west directions.

She estimated 441,000 people have already evacuated because of the storm. 

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