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‘The county is open’: Mandatory evacuation orders lifted, but caution urged

Mandatory evacuation orders for Knowles Island and the Tullifiny River basin in Jasper County have been lifted, Gov. Henry McMaster announced today.

“The county is open,” JCFR Public Information Officer Garrett Lucas said.

But even though the storm has passed, Lucas said falling trees and wet roads could still be an issue. Trees are still falling.

“Conditions are definitely improving,” Lucas said. “But use extreme caution.”

The storm caused 51 downed trees yesterday.

Lucas said the only major roadway that is obstructed is S.C. 462 at Gillisonville Branch Road at Court House Street. The road at Court House Street is closed because of fallen trees.

Other key points:

  • I-95 is clear within Jasper County.
  • Jasper County Government offices will resume normal operations Wednesday. The Jasper County recycling centers will resume operations 7 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The city of Hardeeville will resume normal operating hours at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
  • As of 11 a.m., there are about 1,600 power outages. Palmetto Electric reported 199 people without power in Jasper and SCE&G reported 1,426 power outages.
  • The state noted that there was a top wind gust of 76 miles per hour at Parris Island.
  • For an update on the state’s roads, including Jasper, visit dbw.scdot.org/RoadConditions/default.aspx

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