66,000 without power in state of South Carolina

66,000 without power in state of South Carolina

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Parts of South Carolina are now seeing 60 mile-per-hour wind gusts from Hurricane Florence.

On Hilton Head Island, there are no big wind impacts yet, but they are stronger.

About 441,000 people evacuated in the state of South Carolina. More than 6,000 are staying in emergency shelters. So far, there have been no reports of flooding, but 66,000 customers are without power in the state.

Governor Henry McMaster and his team say they are ready to respond. He also has a warning for people who are planning to take advantage of this emergency situation.

"There are going to be times when we really need to be on the lookout for people who are going to take advantage of the situation," Governor McMaster said. "I assure you, law enforcement in South Carolina will show no mercy and spare no quarter to those who are seeking to take advantage of the situation."

The beach remains open but some businesses are still closed. In fact, we found some that are still boarded up. Some residents have also taken precautions by filling up sandbags. There's a lot less fear among residents Friday, but there are some evacuees who remain very concerned.

We spoke with a Wilmington, NC woman who evacuated to the Lowcountry with her son.

"Most of my friends, the wives and children evacuated and the husbands stayed to kind off take care of the property."

Government offices and schools remain closed.

Over in Yemassee, the police department tells us they are on an on-call basis, so when officers are needed to come into work, they are there. Officer Pendergrass also has this message for people who try to break the law:

"Not a good idea. Don't do it. If you do try to come and break the law, we are going to come after you very aggressively to try and make sure that we stop you, and if we don't catch you in the act, we will definitely see you afterward."

Those extra officers will be in the South Carolina region for as long as they are needed.

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