11 a.m. update
Around 10 a.m. Cathy Haynes, with Charleston County emergency management, gave a news conference regarding conditions in and around Charleston County.
Haynes stated that a condition red for high profile bridges has been set. This means that the bridges are not closed, but crossing the bridges is “at your own risk” due to high winds and even higher gusts.
EMS has currently suspended operations and more than 1,500 people are staying in shelters.
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Haynes stressed that the storm is not over yet, and that “if you don’t need out don’t get out.”
As for evacuees, emergency management is not positive when they will be able to return to their homes. Haynes is hopeful that crews will be able to get out Sunday morning to assess the damage but that residents should not return until the evacuation order has been lifted.
9 a.m. update
Record high tides are being reported across the South Carolina Coast, according the Live 5 News.
The National Weather Service in Charleston reported that a tide of 8.8 feet was tied with the third-highest on record.
While many curfews were lifted at dawn for communities in the Charleston area, officials urge people to remain in their homes due to flooding and downed power lines.
A structure fire in downtown Charleston was reported by Live 5 News. The fire was reported new Spring Street. Further details were not available.
7 a.m. update
Hurricane Matthew is expected to make landfall near Charleston County later Saturday morning, accoring to the National Weather Service.
Those who did not evacuate the Charleston area should seek shelter until at least noon today, warned ABC News 4 chief meteoroligist Dave Williams.
According to ABC News 4 the Lowcounty experienced flooding overnight from rain and storm surge, as well as power outages.
Flooding was seen in inland areas of Dorchester and Berkeley Counties as well as Trolley Road and College Park.
The state Department of Transportation announced that a section of Interstate 95 in Jasper County between Ridgeland and Hardeeville was closed overnight due to winds and heavy rains. It is still unknown when the road will be reopened.