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Need a ride out of town? Travel assistance is available under evacuation orders

Motorists wait in a line of cars to buy gas at a Chevron gasoline station, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes that Wednesday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Motorists wait in a line of cars to buy gas at a Chevron gasoline station, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Hollywood, Fla. Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas and nearly 2 million people along the coast were urged to evacuate their homes that Wednesday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AP

If you need help evacuating, there are people you can call.

Christy Hall, secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, said in a press conference Thursday afternoon that once mandatory evacuation orders are issued, state residents can call 1-855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368) for personalized travel assistance.

Residents needing a lift out of town were also encouraged to contact their local emergency management department to report the need. The Horry County Emergency Management Department can be reached at 843-915-5150.

Hall said that they were “starting to see the impacts of our neighboring states flowing this way.”

Heavy vehicular traffic was reported on Interstate 95 at the South Carolina-Georgia border where traffic was reported moving at 15-20 mph Thursday - three days ahead of any potential impacts from Irma in South Carolina.

State officials said they were seeing similar delays on the Interstate 20 corridor.

Buses will be sent to the coast to assist in evacuation needs, Kim Stenson, director of the S.C. Emergency Management Division, said at the conference Thursday. There could be 10,000 people transported through that system, he said.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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