Benjamin: Richland County Schools to close on Tuesday

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the evacuation of schools across the Midlands and Low Country starting Tuesday.

During a 2:30 p.m. press conference, McMaster announced the closures of schools in 26 counties, echoing warning tweets from Palmetto State lawmakers hours before.

Several member of the South Carolina State House tweeted Monday afternoon that schools across the state will close in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

According to the Tweets, S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster spoke to members of the General Assembly, saying he plans to order the closure of schools.

Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey tweeted that will include all Lexington County Schools and all Aiken County schools. Massey tweeted the school districts will close starting Tuesday.

Lexington County officials tweeted about the closures — which will be in accordance with McMaster’s order — Monday afternoon.

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin tweeted that Richland County schools will also close Tuesday.

Rep. Peter M. McCoy, Jr. tweeted that Charleston County schools will close also.

Rep. Alan Clemmons tweeted about the closures of coastal schools, along with an evacuation of the areas.

“Governor @henrymcmaster just announced to members of the Geveral Assembly that he will order evacuation of all three coastal zone and the closure of all schools and state offices in the coastal counties effective tomorrow 9/11 at 12pm,” Clemmons tweeted.

It’s unclear from the tweets whether the ordered closure will affect all school systems across the state.

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By Emily Bohatch

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September 10, 2018 02:26 PM

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