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Will the Jasper and Colleton county shelters have to evacuate farther inland?

About a dozen people step off a Palmetto Breeze Transit van at Hilton Head Island Airport to board another bus that would evacuate them to Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016.
About a dozen people step off a Palmetto Breeze Transit van at Hilton Head Island Airport to board another bus that would evacuate them to Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. rlurye@islandpacket.com

Gov. Nikki Haley announced the mandatory evacuation of more areas of Jasper and Colleton counties on Thursday afternoon, but that doesn’t mean people who sought shelter in those counties have to move.

All of the American Red Cross shelters that were set up for Hurricane Matthew have been inspected to conform to Red Cross standards and are able to withstand a Category 5 storm and are not affected by the new evacuations, according to Red Cross regional communications officer Jennifer Heisler.

That includes the shelters at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School and Colleton County Middle School.

There are also shelters at Estill High and Middle School and Hampton Elementary School.

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