WHEREAS, the coastline of the State of South Carolina has been placed under a hurricane watch and warning by the National Weather Service; and
WHEREAS, I have been advised that Hurricane Bonnie continues to represent a serious threat to the health, safety, and well-being of the residents and visitors to significant portions of the State, particularly the coastal areas of Georgetown and Horry Counties; and
WHEREAS, I have, effective 12:30 p.m. today, declared that a state of emergency exists in the State,
NOW THEREFORE, I hereby order a mandatory evacuation of all persons in Horry and Georgetown Counties east of Highway 17 or Highway 17 Bypass, whichever of the two is the more further inland. This mandatory evacuation order is effective at 3:30 p.m. today. However, hospitals and nursing homes within the evacuation area may elect to shelter in place pursuant to the approved evacuation plan for each facility, after consultation with emergency preparedness personnel, and appropriate local health care professionals.
GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS 25TH DAY OF AUGUST, 1998
DAVID M. BEASLEY
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