South Carolina residents evacuating ahead of Florence, some headed for Hamilton County

Police cars block the Ashley Phosphate Road exit ramp off Interstate 26 in North Charleston, S.C., as both sides of the highway flow westbound toward Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in preparation for Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

UPDATE (Tuesday evening):

East Coast residents are not the only travelers we've seen in our area due to Hurricane Florence.

The Chattanooga Airport has military helicopters flying in and out of as they stage away from the coast ahead of Florence's approach.

An airport spokesperson issued the following statement Tuesday:

“As the east coast braces for Hurricane Florence, there may be delays and cancellations that affect air service across the region. If you’re traveling to or from the Chattanooga Airport, please plan ahead! We recommend checking your flight status often prior to the time you plan to travel.”


As Hurricane Florence bears down on the East Coast, many have been ordered to evacuate. Some from South Carolina who are evacuating the storm are headed our way.

Life Care Centers, headquartered in Cleveland, Tennessee, has evacuated their facilities in Charleston and Hilton Head.

They ordered these locations to load of buses with residents and head towards Chattanooga.

The buses are currently on the road. It's unclear at this time which residents are coming to our area, but the facilities in Ooltewah and East Ridge will both be housing evacuated residents. Associates are traveling with the residents.

Many evacuees are on the road Tuesday, just trying to stay out of danger.

One man from Myrtle Beach told us he'd been travelling for 12 hours. When we spoke with him, his car had broken down at the Tennessee Welcome Center on the Georgia-Tennessee state lines.

Levi Woodyard says that he’s been through other hurricanes before, but wasn’t taking a risk on this one.

“I stayed last time actually and it wasn't that bad, but you never know. Those things are unpredictable," says Woodyard.

Woodyard took the time to prepare on Sunday to make sure he had everything ready for the strong hurricane winds.

One truck driver at the Tennessee Welcome Center says his profession means working even if it’s in hurricane weather.

“A buddy of mine, down there now, he's not looking forward to what he may run into. Maybe he'll get out pretty quick," says Charles Covington.

For now, all Woodyard can do is wait until he gets confirmation that it is okay to come back to Myrtle Beach.

Depend on us to keep you posted as we learn more.


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