Hurricane

Close calls and regrets: Those who didn't evacuate for Matthew tell us about their night

Maddie Conner, of Bluffton, and her friend, Natalee Desimone, were in this trailer riding out Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7-8, 2016, when a tree fell on it.
Maddie Conner, of Bluffton, and her friend, Natalee Desimone, were in this trailer riding out Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 7-8, 2016, when a tree fell on it. jkarr@islandpacket.com

When Hurricane Matthew passed just 5 miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island in the early hours of Oct. 8, an untold number of Beaufort County residents — those who ignored Gov. Nikki Haley’s order to evacuate days earlier— experienced the storm from inside their homes, from nearby shelters, from their boats, from their cars and, in at least one case, from under the overhang of a small-town gas station.

Read and see their stories in our special multimedia presentation here.

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