Should I book a hotel before an evacuation order for Hurricane Florence in Beaufort County?

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.

This story was updated at 10 a.m. Monday.

An evacuation order has not been called for Beaufort County, but emergency officials are asking residents to start preparing for the possibility of a strike from Hurricane Florence.

It seems residents along the Carolina coast are listening, because inland hotels are booking up ahead of the storm that could be a Category 4 before landfall late in the week.

Hurricane Florence is expected to hit somewhere in the Carolinas early Friday morning. The path still could change.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, was showing the booking percentage for the following locations:

  • Columbia — 94 percent booked
  • Macon, Georgia — 89 percent booked
  • Augusta, Georgia — 90 percent booked
  • Asheville, North Carolina — 86 percent booked was showing the booking percentage for these locations

  • Athens, Georgia - 51 percent booked
  • Columbus, Georgia - 46 percent booked
  • Atlanta — 37 percent booked

The bookings are for Wednesday through Saturday.