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South Carolina governor calls for coastal residents, visitors to evacuate

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the state will begin medical evacuations ahead of Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday and will begin coastal evacuations on Wednesday. (WIS via CNN)

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the state will begin medical evacuations ahead of Hurricane Matthew on Tuesday and will begin coastal evacuations on Wednesday.

State Emergency Management officials said they expect more than 1 million residents and visitors to evacuate, according to the Post & Courier.

The goal is to make sure S.C. residents get 100 miles away from the coast, Haley said, according to The State.

Hurricane Matthew pounded western Haiti Tuesday morning, packing powerful winds and heavy rain as it crossed the country.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Matthew, a Category 4 storm, had sustained winds of 145 mph.

Matthew will likely impact the South Carolina coast Friday night into Saturday morning.