More than a quarter million people had evacuated the S.C. coast by late Thursday, and Lancaster County began providing shelter for some of those fleeing the path of Hurricane Matthew.
President Obama declared a state of emergency in Florida Thursday afternoon ahead of the storm, which regained its category 4 strength during the day. The death toll has topped 100 across the Caribbean.
Gov. Nikki Haley ordered more than 20 counties to evacuate in phases throughout the week, including Horry, Georgetown, Charleston and Beaufort along the coastline.