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Wednesday storm center: Have a question about Hurricane Matthew? We’re here to help

Posted by Liz Farrell

lfarrell@islandpacket.com

AP

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In the spirit of helping others during a time of emergency, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette would like to hear from you.

If you have a Hurricane Matthew-related question or information you think would be important or helpful to share with others before, during or after the storm, please call our newsroom at 843-706-8149, email newsroom@islandpacket.com, comment on this story below or direct message us on the Packet’s Facebook page or the Gazette’s Facebook page.

We will post links to each question here as we answer them, so bookmark this page for the latest information.

Above all, stay safe.

‘Staying here’ questions

▪  Can I get pizza delivered during the evacuation?

▪  I just heard that Bluffton is turning off water supply tomorrow. Is that true?

▪  How long will the lane reversals last?

▪  Is it true that my kids will be taken from me if my family doesn’t evacuate?

▪  Can you get back into South Carolina from Georgia after 3 p.m.?

▪  If I stay, will I be able to travel freely during and after the evacuation?

▪  Will I be able to get onto Hilton Head Island after 3 p.m.?

▪  Is Sea Pines shutting off power, water?

▪  Is it true that Broad River/U.S. 170 will be closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday?

▪  Is it true that our electricity and water will be automatically shut off by the power companies?

▪  If I don’t evacuate, will I still be able to call 911?

▪  Where can I still get gas in Beaufort County? And for how much?

Grocery questions

▪  What grocery stores in Beaufort County are still open and do they have water?

Home-related questions

▪  What hardware stores are still open?

▪  Where can I get sandbag supplies?

▪  Is everyone boarding up their homes? Can you recommend anyone?

Evacuation questions

▪  Why can’t evacuees access I-26 to Columbia right now?

▪  I’m a small-business owner and I evacuated. What do I need to know?

▪  Can I access I-95 heading south during lane reversal?

▪  How long will the lane reversals last?

▪  Is it true that my kids will be taken from me if my family doesn’t evacuate?

▪  How do I travel from Beaufort to the Savannah airport?

▪  How is traffic on Hilton Head so far?

▪  How will I know when to return home?

▪  Can drivers on I-95 north choose their route?

▪  Is it true that Broad River/U.S. 170 will be closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday?

▪  Will we be able to get from Beaufort to Charleston with the evacuation and lane reversals? Or do we need to get to Charleston before all that starts?

▪  If I don’t evacuate, will I still be able to call 911?

▪  How do I evacuate from ... the Beaufort area? from Bluffton area? from Hilton Head Island?

▪  How do I evacuate if I can’t drive, don’t have a car or don’t have a reliable car?

▪  Are there local shelters? Where will shelters be open?

▪  What should I know about my insurance policies before evacuating?

▪  What happens to flights into and out of Savannah and Hilton Head airports during evacuation?

Traffic and road questions

▪  Why can’t evacuees access I-26 to Columbia right now?

▪  Can I access I-95 heading south during lane reversal?

▪  How long will the lane reversals last?

▪  How do I travel from Beaufort to the Savannah airport?

▪  Can you get back into South Carolina from Georgia after 3 p.m.?

▪  If I stay, will I be able to travel freely during and after the evacuation?

▪  How is traffic on Hilton Head so far?

▪  Will I be able to get onto Hilton Head Island after 3 p.m.?

▪  Can drivers on I-95 north choose their route?

▪  Is it true that Broad River/U.S. 170 will be closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday?

▪  Any idea what 278 and I95 look like at the moment?

▪  Will the bridges to and from Lady’s Island be routed to one way or closed? If so, when?

▪  We heard a rumor that if you leave Lady’s Island after 3 p.m. you won’t be able to return. Is this true?

▪  Has there ever been an instance when they called off an evacuation because the storm slowed or shifted?

▪  Will a car coming from Sea Pines be able to cross lanes to get into a lane to go to a residence in Bluffton to pick up a family member?

▪  Will we be able to drive on I-95 south after 3 p.m. today?

▪  After 3 p.m. today will we be able to travel down 170 toward Savannah over the Talmadge Bridge to get to I-16?

▪  What roads will have lanes reversed Wednesday afternoon?

Gas questions

▪  Which stations on Hilton Head Island still have gas?

▪  Where can I still get gas in Beaufort County? And for how much?

Communication questions

▪  How will I know when to return home?

▪  Where can I subscribe to text and email alert systems?

▪  Are there state and county websites to monitor?

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