efe-epaWashington DC, USA

The governor of South Carolina on Sunday ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's coastal counties ahead of the possible arrival of Hurricane Dorian at an intensity of Category 5, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

According to a statement from the governor's office, Henry McMaster mandated the evacuation of residents of South Carolina's coastal counties, effective at noon on Monday, for their personal safety. EFE-EPA