WATCH: Gov. McMaster provides update on Hurricane Irma
At 2 p.m. Saturday, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster provided an update on the state's response to Hurricane Irma. Specifically, he provided an update on evacuations of some barrier islands and available shelters.
Several areas of the Lowcountry were placed under watches Saturday afternoon. Late in the morning there was already coastal flooding in some areas of Charleston County with rain yet to fall.
Friday, McMaster said no evacuations are being ordered for the tri-county area. However, evacuations have been ordered for barrier islands in Colleton, Beaufort, and Jasper counties.
Specifically, Edisto, Daufuskie, Harbor, Hunting, Hilton and Fripp islands are being ordered to evacuate. At around 10 a.m. Saturday, law enforcement officers in some island communities began going door-to-door.
The governor said 50 people are currently using state shelters, and about 44,000 people live in the areas under mandatory evacuation. South Carolina Department of Transportation director Christy Hall said traffic has been moving freely on I-95 and I-26 with no reports of major congestion.
Again, the governor addressed gas shortages and advised those needing to drive in the state to refrain from topping off their tank on each trip. During the press conference it was shared there have been more than 200 complaints of price-gouging in the state since the price-gouging law went into effect earlier in the week.
If you believe you may be the victim of price gouging, Attorney General Alan Wilson's office asks you to note the name, time, place and address of the business; note the price you paid and take photos of the business and price. You can email your notes, with your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 803-737-3953 and leave a message if you believe you have witnessed a violation.