Southern Evacuation Routes
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. South Carolinas coastline
is vulnerable to hurricane activity. Whenever a hurricane threatens our coast, you may
plan to leave voluntarily or you may be ordered to do so. Blue hurricane evacuation signs
are posted along roads to guide you inland to safety. Although accidents or traffic
conditions could cause detours, the designated routes are highlighted on this map.
- Bluffton: [MAP] Bluffton area evacuees will take SC 46 west to US 321.
They will then take US 321 northbound to Estill. At Estill, they will take SC 3 to SC 125,
which will take them to Augusta.
- Hilton Head Island: [MAP] Hilton Head Island evacuees will use both the William
Hilton Parkway (US 278 Business) and the Cross Island Parkway toll facility (US 278).
Evacuees will follow US 278 to I-95. Traffic in the right lane of US 278 will be
routed onto I-95 north. Traffic in the left lane will continue along US 278.
In order to
facilitate the flow of traffic, lane reversals may be implemented along US 278. If this
occurs, there will be numerous traffic control devices and law enforcement officers in
place along the route to direct motorists accordingly.
- Beaufort: [MAP]
Beaufort area evacuees will use the northbound lanes on US 21. Evacuees from the
Beaufort area who plan to stay in American Red Cross shelters in Hampton County may take
US 17 Alternate to SC 68 into Hampton County. These lanes will be routed onto US 17
south to I-95 at Exit 33 (Point South). The left lane will take I-95 south and the right
lane will take I-95 north.
South Carolina law enforcement officers and Army National Guard will be posted along
these routes to assist you. Motorists who deviate from the primary evacuation routes may
Do not forget to secure your property before you leave. Remember to take along
important papers and medications. If you plan to stay in an American Red Cross shelter,
remember that pets are not allowed. Now is the time to get ready.
If an evacuation order is issued and you are unsure as to what route to use, you may
call the Public Information Phone System at 1-866-246-0133. Volunteers are available 24
hours a day during emergency situations to provide evacuation and shelter information. For
up-to-date traffic information during an evacuation, tune in to your local public radio
station: WJWJ, 89.9 FM.
Motorists should be on the lookout for electronic message boards along the evacuation
routes and should follow any instructions displayed. These boards may direct motorists to
tune in to a local AM radio station to hear route-specific traffic information and other
special emergency-related messages.