Daufuskie Island is expected to be flooded by a large surge of seawater from the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew and residents are at great risk, Gov. Nikki Haley said in her Friday news conference.
Haley said about 100 residents had declined to evacuate as of Friday morning, so a second and final ferry off the island was added this morning. There is not yet a count of how many people are left on the island, but there are National Guardsmen and Department of Natural Resources emergency crews on the island to help people leave, Haley said.
In Daufuskie and other areas at the most risk, law enforcement were going door-to-door asking people to leave, Haley said.
The island has about 400 residents. There is no bridge, so the only way on or off the island is by boat.
In Haley’s latest press conference, she pleaded for people to evacuate and advised that residents should alert authorities if they know someone who stayed on the island.
“It is going to be underwater, so we have to get these people out,” she said.
“If you don’t evacuate now, you will likely be stranded,” she said. “Daufauskie, it will be underwater. This will be the last time you hear my voice asking you to evacuate.”
“We’re trying to get them to leave,” Haley said. “They’re just not leaving.”
Haley said that DNR boats and National Guard helicopters will continue to try to get people off the island as long as it is safe.
Haley said the barrier islands are the biggest concern for South Carolina in the storm including Hilton Head, Hunting Island, Fripp Island as well as Daufuskie.