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Haley: This is "last time you'll hear my voice asking you to evacuate"

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials warned Friday morning that Hurricane Matthew may make landfall on the South Carolina coast during high tide.

“This is going to hurt,” Gov. Nikki Haley said during a morning news conference.

Officials said the storm is also expected to create a large storm surge that may extend well inland, as well as deadly flooding and widespread, long lasting power outages.

“We are looking at major storm surges, major winds, major wet grounds that could include flooding like we saw last year,” Haley said.

She said the main focus was still on evacuations while there was still time.  310,000 people had evacuated as of Friday morning, and Haley warned 200,000 were still in danger.

“This is the last time you will hear my voice when I ask you to evacuate,” Haley said.

Officials said barrier islands were of the highest concern, as well as areas like Hilton Head and Folly Beach.

Haley encouraged South Carolinians to reach out to family and friends living on islands and the coast and ask them to evacuate before those areas are underwater.

When the storm hits, it may be too late to call for help. Haley said first responders would be ordered to take shelter when conditions get bad.

“As soon as it gets dangerous out there, first responders will be going to seek shelter too,” Haley said.

The governor said there were several places where pets could be taken also, including the Spartanburg Humane Society.

“Don’t stay in the path of the storm because of pets, there are places to take them where they can be safe,” Haley said.

Haley said another update would come Friday afternoon.

“By then it might be too late to tell you to evacuate,” Haley said.

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