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What does Hurricane Florence mean for people in at J. Reuben Long jail?

The J. Reuben Long Detention Center will not be evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence.
The J. Reuben Long Detention Center will not be evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence. Janet Blackmon-Morgan

As thousands evacuate Horry County, inmates at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center will be staying put.

The jail, built to withstand 130 mph winds, will remain on lockdown for the duration of Hurricane Florence. Brooke Holden with Horry County Sheriff’s Office said this means that inmates will remain indoors at all times.

That said, the jail will continue to operate securely while still providing food, laundry and other services for the inmates. J. Reuben Long has generators to keep the power running for a while.

The jail will be staffed with two shifts of workers. While one shift is working, the other will be allowed to rest, switching off for the duration of the storm.

Despite an evacuation order encompassing a state prison in Jasper County, Department of Corrections officials decided not to remove inmates at the Ridgeland Correctional Institution as of that afternoon, SCDC spokesman Dexter Lee told The State.

Horry County does have a mandatory evacuation for residents, but J. Reuben Long isn’t in an evacuation zone.

Emily Bohatch from The State contributed to this report.
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