Evacuation Routes: North (Little River - Georgetown) | Central (Edisto Island - McClellanville) | South (Bluffton - Beaufort)

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Central Evacuation Routes

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. South Carolina’s coastline is vulnerable to hurricane activity. Whenever a hurricane threatens our coast, you may plan to leave voluntarily or you may be ordered to do so. Blue hurricane evacuation signs are posted along roads to guide you inland to safety. Although accidents or traffic conditions could cause detours, the designated routes are highlighted on this map.
  • Edisto Island and Adams Run: [MAP] Evacuees from Edisto Island and Adams Run will take SC 174 to US 17.  They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. SC 64 will take them to Walterboro and eventually to Augusta.
     
  • Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood, Ravenel: [MAP] Evacuees from Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood and Ravenel will take SC 165 to US 17.  They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. SC 64 will take them to Walterboro and eventually to Augusta.
     
  • Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook: [MAP] Evacuees from Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook will use SC 700 and Secondary Road 20 (Bohicket Road) to US 17.  They will then take US 17 south to SC 64. SC 64 will take them to Walterboro and eventually to Augusta.
     
  • James Island and Folly Beach: [MAP] Evacuees from James Island and Folly Beach will take SC 171 to US 17.  They will then travel south on US 17 to I-526 to the reversed lanes of I-26.
     
  • City of Charleston: [MAP] Evacuees from the West Ashley area will use SC 61 to US 78. US 78 will take them to Aiken and eventually to Augusta.  Evacuees from the downtown Charleston areas will use the normal westbound lanes of I-26.
     
  • North Charleston: [MAP] Evacuees from North Charleston will take US 52 (Rivers Avenue). They may take US 78 to US 178 to Orangeburg or they may stay on US 52 northbound to Goose Creek.

    At Goose Creek, traffic in the right lane of US 52 will continue on to Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, it will be directed onto SC 6, which will take evacuees to Columbia.

    Traffic in the left lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will be directed onto US 176 to Columbia.

    Evacuees travelling west on SC 642 (Dorchester Road) will go to Old Orangeburg Road (Secondary 22) to US 78.
     

  • East Cooper: [MAP] Evacuees leaving Mt. Pleasant may take I-526 to I-26 or US 17 north to SC 41.

    Evacuees leaving Sullivan’s Island will use SC 703 to I-526 Business to access I-526 then I-26.

    Evacuees from the Isle of Palms would use the Isle of Palms Connector (SC 517) to go to US 17. The right lane will turn north on US 17, then proceed to SC 41, to SC 402, then to US 52 to SC 375, then to US 521, to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.

    Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms Connector would turn left to go to I-526 then on to I-26.

    Evacuees in the right lane on I-526 approaching I-26 from the East Cooper area will be directed to the normal lanes of I-26. Evacuees in the left lane on I-526 will be directed into the reversed lanes of I-26.

    Evacuees travelling on I-26 in the normal westbound lanes of travel will be allowed to exit at all interchanges between Charleston and Columbia. Evacuees travelling in the reversed lanes of travel will be allowed to exit at most, but not all, interchanges.

    Re-entry to I-26 will be permitted at all interchanges, but only into the normal, not the reversed, lanes of travel.

    No motorists in the reversed lanes of travel will be allowed directly from I-26 onto I-95. However, they will be able to access I-95 via exit 165. They will take SC 210 north to US 176 east to I-95.

    I-26 westbound traffic in the normal travel lanes that does not exit prior to reaching Columbia will be routed onto I-77 north.

    I-26 westbound traffic in the reversed travel lanes that does not exit prior to reaching Columbia will be directed by law enforcement officers across the interstate median into the normal lanes of travel.

    Motorists are cautioned not to cross any roadway median unless directed to do so by a law enforcement officer.
     

  • Awendaw and McClellanville: [MAP] Evacuees from Awendaw and McClellanville will take SC 45 to SC 6 to Columbia.

South Carolina law enforcement officers and Army National Guard will be posted along these routes to assist you. Motorists who deviate from the primary evacuation routes may experience delays.

Do not forget to secure your property before you leave. Remember to take along important papers and medications. If you plan to stay in an American Red Cross shelter, remember that pets are not allowed. Now is the time to get ready.

If an evacuation order is issued and you are unsure as to what route to use, you may call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133. Volunteers are available 24 hours a day during emergency situations to provide evacuation and shelter information. For up-to-date traffic information during an evacuation, tune in to your local public radio station: WSCI, 89.3 FM.

Motorists should be on the lookout for electronic message boards along the evacuation routes and should follow any instructions displayed. These boards may direct motorists to tune in to a local AM radio station to hear route-specific traffic information and other special emergency-related messages.



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