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Governor Henry McMaster held a press conference Friday addressing updates on the state’s precautions for Hurricane Isaias.

The storm is expected to strengthen throughout the weekend as it moves through the Bahamas and continues north toward Florida. It is expected to move closer towards the East Coast next week.

McMaster recommended that state residents utilize the South Carolina emergency division’s hurricane guide for a detailed layout for hurricane preparation.

“We’ve been through these before and we are fully prepared,” he said. “We have no intention of issuing an emergency evacuation order.”

The governor said that he is not issuing any evacuation orders at this time as the storm is not likely to bring severe conditions. He said evacuations are currently looking unnecessary and especially urged those living in coastal areas to stay informed and in tune with official statements.

“Hurricanes are not just coastal events, they impact inland areas as well,” McMaster added. He encouraged Midlands and Upstate residents to keep a close watch on storm conditions as storms are likely to impact these areas as well.

South Carolina will not cancel or close any statewide COVID-19 testing locations due to the storm. McMaster said state residents should continue utilizing those testing sites.

Additional updates will be available as the storm reaches closer to South Carolina.

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