Charleston, South Carolina residents choose to wait out the storm, despite risks

CHARLESTON, Va. (WRIC) — 8News’ Matthew McClellan spoke live from Charleston, South Carolina Thursday night.

Many residents in the area refuse to evacuate.

“I’m filling up all the gas cans we use,” Michell Bowman said as she stocked up for the upcoming storm 20 miles west of Charleston. “Just filled up this tank and our RV. Another 15 gallons here.

After going through Hurricane Hugo decades ago, Bowman says she’s staying put this time around.

“We have a horse farm and getting the horses south of here would be really difficult,” Bowman said.

If Hurricane Matthew hits the low country as hard as some models are projecting, Bowman said she would have to evacuate last minute.

“We have a contingency plan to leave if we need to,” Bowman said.

With storm surges expected to reach 9 feet, Bowman and others in the area are hoping for the best.

“We’d love to see it not come in at high tide because a storm surge is not a good thing,” Bowman said.

Hurricane Matthew is expected to move into South Carolina Friday night.

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