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Charleston area evacuation routes

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When a hurricane threatens South Carolina’s coast, you may plan to leave voluntarily or you may be ordered to evacuate.

Blue hurricane evacuation route signs are posted along roads to guide you inland to safety.

South Carolina local and state law enforcement officers will be posted along these routes to assist.

Motorists also should be on the lookout for message boards along the evacuation routes.

Edisto Island and Adams Run

Take SC 174 to US 17.

Take US 17 south to SC 64. This will take you to Walterboro, and then to North Augusta.

Yonges Island, Meggett, Hollywood, and Ravenel

Take SC 165 to US 17, then US 17 south to SC 64.

Johns Island, Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island

Johns Island takes SC 700 (Maybank Highway) to Road S-20 (Bohicket/Main Road) to US 17.

Kiawah/Seabrook Islands will take Road S-20 (Bohicket/Main Rd.) to US 17.

Take US 17 south to SC 64 where you will go to Walterboro, then to North Augusta.

James Island and Folly Beach

Take SC 171 (Folly Road) to US 17.

Take US 17 south to I-526 east to the reversed lanes of I-26.

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City of Charleston

The west side of the city (West Ashley) will use SC 61 to US 78, then to Aiken and North Augusta.

Downtown will use the normal west-bound lanes of I-26.

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North Charleston

Take US 52 (Rivers Avenue) to US 78 to US 178 to Orangeburg, or continue on US 52 to US 176, or continue north on US 52.

The right lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will continue on to Moncks Corner. In Moncks Corner, it will be directed onto SC 6, where SC 6 will take you toward Columbia.

The left lane of US 52 at Goose Creek will go on to US 176 to Columbia.

Evacuees using SC 642 will travel west toward Summerville, and then take Road S-22 (Old Orangeburg Road) to US 78 west.

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East Cooper

Mount Pleasant: Take I-526 west or US 17 south to I-26 west.

Sullivan’s Island: Take SC 703 to I-526 Business to access I-526 west, and then take I-26 west.

Isle of Palms: Take the Isle of Palms connector (SC 517) to go to US 17 where the right lane will turn north onto US 17. Next, proceed to take SC 41 to SC 402; then to US 52 to SC 375; then to US 521 to SC 261; and then US 378 to Columbia.

Note:

  • Evacuees using the left lanes of the Isle of Palms connector will turn left to go to I-526 west and then on to I-26 west.
  • Evacuees on I-526 west approaching I-26 from East Cooper will be directed to the normal lanes of I-26 westbound if in the right lane of I-526.
  • Those in the left lane of I-526 will be directed into the reversed lanes of I-26.
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Awendaw and McClellanville

Take SC 45 to US 52, where you will be directed to the right onto US 52 to SC 375; then to US 521 to SC 261; and then to US 378 to Columbia.