S.C. Governor Nikki Haley had a 10 a.m. news conference regarding Hurricane Matthew. Watch the video below.
Gov. Nikki Haley advised those who evacuated to stay away from their homes as the storm pounded the S.C. coast and pleaded for everyone to stay put until officials deem conditions safe for re-entry.
“Now is when the frustration sets,” said Haley, addressing the desire to return and calling for patience. “The anxiousness is when the storm is coming. When the storm hits your praying, and then new the frustration sets in.”
She asked that people remain in their refuge at least today and tomorrow and await the word from officials when deem it safe to re-enter.
“Most injuries, most fatalities occur after the storm because people attempt to move in too soon,” she said.
The governor also warned the public about a cyber situation involving people getting emails about updates on outages, but when people click on them access to their computer falls into the hands of cyber criminals.
She advised not opening emails from unknown senders and deleting them if they appear in your inbox.
She also said cellphone service is down in the Pawleys Island area, and that there were nearly half a million people without power as a result of the hurricane, topping the number of those who lost power during the flood.
The governor and officials are watching water levels closely as the storm rages on, and she plans to hold another press conference at 6 p.m.