Thousands of South Carolina residents, many of them ordered to evacuate their coastal homes before the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, are looking to take refuge in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Lane reversals are already in place on Interstate 26, which is a direct pipeline from the South Carolina coast up to Asheville and WNC. The lane reversals make it easier for evacuees from Charleston and other South Carolina coastal counties to get out of town before Hurricane Matthew hits.

The estimated number of evacuees is around 250,000. The hurricane is expected to arrive on the South Carolina coast on Saturday.

Some of those folks will likely end up in and around Asheville, which is just beginning to celebrate its annual fall leaf color show. The autumn leaf colors have been popping out at the highest elevations in the mountains over about the past week and will slowly work their way down.

Asheville-area hotels and AirBNB folks are starting to field calls from folks looking to ride out the storm for the weekend. This weekend will likely be a busy one in Asheville.

What are you hearing/seeing?




  1. Peter Robbins says:

    Hendersonville isn’t taking any refugees who haven’t been vetted and don’t understand the culture.

    • Especially from Myrtle Beach. Yuck. Have you seen how they eat? If we take them in, there’ll be ‘Crab Shacks’ sprouting up on every street corner.

      Run them through a severe two-year vetting process, and then maybe we’ll consider taking them in. If they can learn the language.

  2. Peter Robbins says:

    I don’t suppose anyone thought to tell Matthew about HB2.

  3. Governor McCrory issued a State of Emergency on Monday

    People may think it’s silly to declare a State of Emergency when the storm hasn’t even hit. But the official declaration of a State of Emergency triggers statutory law that gives rise to sweeping executive powers to command and dispatch vast resources, and exercise extraordinary police powers to ensure order, public safety and well-being, and the continuity of services and supplies. It only makes sense to allow for preparations well in advance of an impending catastrophic natural disaster. Those executive powers are detailed below..

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