Traffic backed up on I-95 near Hilton Head exit due to Hurricane Florence evacuation

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Editor’s note: In a press conference Tuesday morning, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster lifted the mandatory evacuation for Beaufort, Jasper and Colleton counties. To read more, click here.

As hundreds of thousands of residents evacuate North and South Carolina, traffic is backing up on I-95 near the South Carolina-Georgia border.

At about 2 p.m. Tuesday, users of the Waze traffic app were reporting standstill traffic on I-95 in southbound lanes from Hardeeville to the Hilton Head exit and onto U.S. 278.

An accident slowed traffic on I-95 Tuesday morning and congestion was reported from nearly two miles south of Exit 5, where the accident occurred, to about 1/10 of a mile north of Exit 8, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s 511 system.

A mandatory evacuation began at noon for South Carolina’s Charleston, Berkeley, Horry, Georgetown and Dorchester ahead of Hurricane Florence, which is expected to make landfall on the North Carolina coast on Friday.