S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday issued a mandatory evacuation order for parts of the state’s coast.
The order went into effect on noon Tuesday, with residents living in coastal Horry County were being instructed to evacuate.
Evacuations in South Carolina are done by zones. The governor has ordered an evacuation for residents living in all of these zones in Horry County:
• Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to the U.S. 17 intersection and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the northern county line.
• Evacuation Zone B: All areas south of S.C. 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas between Highway 17 and Highway 17 Business.
• Evacuation Zone C: All areas between U.S. 701 and S.C. 544, south of Browns Chapel Avenue and Highway 814, plus all areas east of S.C. 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to S.C. 90 and all areas east of S.C. 90 to the county line.
Coast RTA has several hurricane evacuation bus stops along the Grand Strand throughout the three zones and will serve all zones during the evacuation period, according to a news release.
“Now that the executive order has been announced, Coast RTA has suspended its fixed route and paratransit services therefore initiating its evacuation efforts in Horry County, said Coast RTA General Manager Brian Piascik in the release. "Timing is critical in using transportation to the local shelters. We encourage anyone needing transportation to use Coast RTA’s services within the next 12-24 hours while the weather and road conditions are still safe."
Coast RTA’s 20 designated hurricane evacuation stops/pick up locations are at:
- Food Lion in Little River - 3379 East S.C. 9 (beyond Zones A, B and C)
- North Myrtle Beach High School - 3760 Sea Mountain Highway (beyond Zones A, B and C)
- Roses in North Myrtle Beach - 3500 South U.S. 17 (Zone B)
- Myrtle Beach Mall - 10177 North Kings Highway (Zone B)
- Food Lion in Myrtle Beach - 7631 North Kings Highway (Zone B)
- Socastee High School - 4900 Socastee Blvd. (Zone C)
- Walmart in Surfside Beach 2751 Beaver Run Blvd, Surfside Beach (Zone C)
- Inlet Square Mall (Bus shelter at old K-Mart) - 12125 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet (Zone B)
- Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach (parking lot between Sticky Fingers and Dillards) - 2000 Coastal Grand Circle (Zone B)
- Myrtle Beach Helping Hand - 1411 Mr. Joe White Avenue
- Myrtle Beach Street Reach - 1005 Osceola St., (Zone B)
- Myrtle Beach Transfer Center - 10th Avenue North and North Oak Street (Zone B)
- Gator Hole Plaza in North Myrtle Beach - 550 North U.S. 17 (Zone A)
- Walmart in Garden City - 545 Garden City Connector (Zone B)
- Forestbrook Middle School - 4430 Gator Lane (Zone C)
- James Frazier Community Center - 1370 Bucksport Road (Zone C)
- Bucksport Library - 7657 U.S. 701 South (Zone C)
- St. James High School - 10800 S.C. 707 (Zone C)
- Burgess Community Center - 10299 S.C. 707 (Zone C)
- Waccamaw Pottery - intersection of George Bishop Parkway and Fantasy Harbour Blvd. (Zone B)
"Coast RTA has added evacuation pick up locations along the southbound side of Kings Highway," the release said. "There will be no pick up evacuation stops along the beach side of Kings Highway. All evacuation stops are on southbound side."
Those locations are at:
- The corner of 70th Avenue North and Kings Highway across from the Exxon gas station
- Neighborhood Walmart at Kings Highway and 40th Avenue North near the gas station
- The corner of Kings Highway and Poinsett Road
- The former Rite Aid Pharmacy at Kings Highway and 29th Avenue North
- The corner of Kings Highway and 13th Avenue North
- The corner of Kings Highway and 6th Ave North at Mt. Atlanticus Mini Golf.
- Kings Highway across from Family Kingdom at George's Seafood just past 3rd Avenue South.
- Food Lion Kings Highway at 14th Avenue South.
- Express Exxon gas station at 26th Ave South and Kings Highway.
"During evacuation, all Coast RTA rides end at officially designated emergency shelters," the release said. "Once cleared for re-entry, return trips will only stop at the hurricane shelter evacuation designated pickup points."
Officials say when using Coast RTA for transportation to local shelters to look for the temporary blue and white hurricane evacuation bus stop signs to "designate the pick-up location," The service is free.
Those needing shelters to accommodate special medical needs are asked to call the S.C. Department of Environmental Health and Control at 843-915-8804 to pre-register.
Coast RTA passengers using the agency's evacuation services to "limit belongings/bedding/luggage" to one bag per person, the release said.
Individuals with special transportation needs can call Coast RTA’s customer service to discuss options.
For more information call 843-488-0865 or visit RideCoastRTA.com.