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I-95 Southbound Congestion Expected Near North-South Carolina Border

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reports that, because of an emergency culvert repair on Interstate 95 in South Carolina, southbound motorists should expect delays south of Lumberton.

The S.C. Department of Transportation closed the interstate’s right southbound lane today at Exit 186, which is south of the state line, to allow workers to safely install a concrete barrier. The lane is expected to be closed for at least one day, South Carolina officials said in a news release.

Other stretches of I-95 southbound in North Carolina have been congested today as those who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma return southward. To ease the congestion, the N.C. Department of Transportation has suspended lane closures during the day for the southbound lanes of Interstates 95 and 77 and the eastbound lanes of I-26.


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Tropical Storm Irma Update from South Carolina Officials

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster held a media briefing with state emergency response officials to provide an update on the potential impact of Hurricane Irma on South Carolina.

  • 2,081 SCDOT maintenance personnel on duty clearing roads
  • 164 road closures in 10 counties
  • 746 National Guardsmen on duty
  • 100 Extra State Troopers on the roads assisting local law enforcement
  • 101 State Guardsmen on duty
  • 369 SLED, PPP, DNR agents on duty
  • 25 shelters open, 885 evacuees sheltered as of noon today
  • 25 County governments closed today
  • 33 Counties with school districts closed today.

For a full and updated list of open shelters with availability, visit SCEMD’s website.

Power outages: There are over 140,000 power outages across the state with the largest number of outages concentrated in Charleston, Beaufort, Berkeley, Lexington and Richland Counties. There are as many as 8,000 linemen working to restore power to South Carolinians at any given time from SCE&G, The Electric Cooperatives and Duke Energy.

For a comprehensive list of those county office and school closings, visit SCEMD’s website.

 

Travel Discouraged as Flooding, High Winds Batter Georgia

Acting on a recommendation from the state’s Emergency Operations Command Gov. Nathan Deal expanded the emergency declaration to include all 159 counties in Georgia. The Governor has also ordered state government closed on Monday and Tuesday for all employees except personnel who will be working the storm.

“With heavy rainfall, flash flooding and high winds, we expect downed trees and power lines that will directly impact travel on our roadways throughout the entire state. It is important for residents to continue to stay in a safe location and not be on the roadway during the storm,” said Georgia DOT’s State Traffic Operations Engineer Andrew Heath.

Once it is safe to re-enter areas impacted by Irma, nearly 800 Georgia DOT employees are on standby to begin clearing debris from the roadway, inspect bridges for safe reopening, restore downed or broken traffic signals and ensure the safety of the travelling public.

“The safety of all Georgia residents and Georgia DOT employees is paramount. We cannot allow our employees to enter and work in unsafe areas,” added Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry. “We ask for the public’s patience in allowing our crews the time to safely clear roadways and inspect bridges.”

Priority will be given to clearing the interstates and heavily traveled state routes and arterials so that emergency personnel and power crews can take care of resident’s basic needs. In addition, more than 40 bridge inspectors will be inspecting bridges once the water goes down and they are able to inspect hundreds of bridges throughout the state.


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South Carolina Restricts Lane Closures on I-95 for Hurricane Irma

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has restricted lane closures for non-emergency highway work on I-95 and all Interstate highways in South Carolina to help travel conditions impacted by Hurricane Irma.

SCDOT expects increased interstate travel from Florida and Georgia.

The restrictions are in effect from September 7, 2017, until further notice. SCDOT has notified private contractors of these restrictions.


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Hurricane Irma Live Updates: Fuel Availability and Gas Station Outages

Our friends at GasBuddy now maintain a handy app for live updates on fuel availability and gas station outages in states affected by Hurricane Irma.

The app includes a gas-availability tracking system. This includes in-app features and an online tracker to provide information notifying users of gas stations with no fuel or power.

Find gas stations across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina currently without fuel due to Hurricane Irma.

For more information and to download the app, click here.


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South Carolina Preps for Hurricane Irma

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has been monitoring Hurricane Irma since the Labor Day weekend. As the storm moves closer to the United States, SCDOT Maintenance forces began the first steps in making storm preparations on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

SCDOT crews in all 46 counties are inspecting equipment, checking the inventory of supplies such barricades, cones and replacement traffic signals. Coastal counties use these items to set up lane reversals and evacuation routes. All counties have a 10-day fuel supply for equipment and vehicles.

Crews are inspecting low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. Drainage systems are being checked to make sure they are clear. Generators are in place to provide emergency power to critical facilities such as traffic management centers that monitor traffic through traffic cameras and other systems.

SCDOT traffic engineers are monitoring interstate traffic as Florida and Georgia residents may travel north to avoid the path of the hurricane should it take that route. The staff at SCDOT

Headquarters offices are taking steps in anticipation of supporting the field crews with supplies and whatever is needed. Preparations are being made to inform the public of road conditions through the web and SCDOT’s Customer Service Call Center in the event this information is needed.

SCDOT Deputy Secretary for Engineering Leland Colvin said all actions are preliminary. “These are the normal processes we would begin should any emergency arise. SCDOT wants to be prepared as much as possible, particularly when conditions could change rapidly. We have to expect the unexpected,” said Colvin.


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Columbia, S.C. Hosts 4-Day Weekend of 50+ Eclipse Events

One of the Southeast’s most vibrant mid-sized cities, Columbia, South Carolina is home to the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast for a metro area and will host Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., a long weekend of more than 50 eclipse-related festivals and events, from Aug. 18 to 21, 2017. Plan your trip at http://www.totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com.

Dubbed the “Total Eclipse Capital of the East Coast,” where viewers can experience totality for up to 2 minutes and 36 seconds, Columbia, S.C., has been identified as one of the top places in the nation to watch the total solar eclipse by astronomy experts and media such as Fodor’s Travel, USA Today, Forbes, the Washington Post and more.


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Composed of walkable lifestyle districts with hotels, restaurants, shopping and public art, Columbia, S.C., is the third largest city on the centerline of the “path of totality.” Darkness will fall in Columbia, S.C., at 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21. NASA has estimated that South Carolina could see up to 1 million visitors. View a Columbia, S.C. eclipse map.

Highlights from 50+ Columbia, S.C. area eclipse events:

  • Large-scale Soda City Eclipse Viewing Festival and Eclipse Eve Drive-In Movie at Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce, S.C.
  • New laser light art installation over Congaree River, “Southern Lights”
  • Total Eclipse of the Park – Columbia Fireflies Minor League Baseball game
  • S.C. State Museum viewing event w/observatory and appearance by astronaut Charles Duke
  • Solar 17 viewing festival at Lake Murray dam
  • Paddling on Saluda River during eclipse; 5K; kids’ activities at Saluda Shoals Park
  • Ranger-led eclipse hikes in Congaree National Park
  • Eclipse viewing/camping at Sesquicentennial State Park
  • Historical tours of 12,000 Year History Park in Cayce
  • Eclipse viewing party with luxe food & drink at Motor Supply bistro
  • Lowcountry Boil & Paella Party at City Roots urban farm
  • Solar Fest West with music, food trucks/beer garden at riverfront amphitheater
  • Eclipse Tailgate festival w/4,000 parking spaces and urban RV camping at S.C. State Fair
  • The Grape Eclipse festival at Mercer Winery
  • Family-friendly viewing festival at Robert Mills House & Gardens
  • S.C. Philharmonic “Star Wars Musiclipse” concert
  • Arts & Draughts party at Columbia Museum of Art
  • Eclipse viewing at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

Plan your summer solar eclipse vacation and experience the unexpected, urban south in Columbia, S.C: http://totaleclipsecolumbiasc.com/plan-your-trip/


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New Theme Park Attractions to Open in 2017

As amusement parks and attractions open for the 2017 season, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) releases its annual compilation of what is new at parks and attractions in the United States and Canada. The 2017 list includes more than 170 fresh experiences at 75 amusement parks and attractions, including new parks and land areas, rides, roller coasters, slides, games, and more.

Trends highlighted in the 2017 line up include the additions of water parks and water-based attractions, family-friendly attractions, vintage/classic rides, and the continued merging of technology and attractions…

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TIGERS Myrtle Beach Season Opens With A Roar

TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari welcomed March in like a tiger, with the grand opening of its 34th season March 4, 2017.

Founded in 1983 by wildlife conservation expert Doc Antle, TIGERS (The Institute for Greatly Endangered and Rare Species) is a wildlife education organization that promotes global conservation through its interactive Myrtle Beach Safari Wild Encounters Tour and Preservation Station.

TIGERS has been a hidden treasure in Myrtle Beach, but once discovered, the experience is life-changing for our guests. Here at TIGERS, you can reach out and touch, hold and feed from the more than 130 wild animals, including 60 tigers and their cubs, that live on the grounds of this 50-acre wildlife preserve. In the three-hour Wild Encounters Tour, you will meet the rare liger, the world’s largest cat; Bubbles the African elephant; our resident orangutan; apes; wolves; leopards; chimps and tigers as they swim, run and play in their natural habitat.


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Not only will you be forever fulfilled from this experience, but you will also be contributing to the future of this wildlife through TIGERS’ international conservation programs, including the RARE Species Fund (RSF). Over the last decade, TIGERS has donated more than $1 million and countless hours of professional expertise to grassroots conservation programs in Asia and Africa. All thanks to each Wild Encounters Tour you book.

Take a walk on the wild side. Visit www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.

About TIGERS:

The TIGERS Myrtle Beach Safari is home to more than 130 wild animals, including 60 big cats. The animals here are center stage in this fully interactive, hands-on experience, where you can cuddle up to tiger cubs, join the wolf pack, share a laugh with our apes, witness adult tigers running at full speed, and feed Bubbles, our African elephant. Plus, this is the only place in the world where you can meet the liger, the world’s largest big cat weighing in at more than 900 pounds. Go ahead, reach out and touch the jungle and create a lifetime of memories.


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Let’s Go Shopping! The Ultimate Guide to Outlet Malls Along I-95

For many travelers, shopping has become an important part of a vacation or road trip. More and more travel itineraries include time set aside for shopping. A growing number even plan shopping-only vacations.

Here’s our list of the most popular outlet shopping locations along I-95, from Maine to Florida. Our list below runs north to south.


Tanger Outlets - Kittery, Maine | I-95 Exit Guide

Kittery Outlets
US Route 1
Kittery, Maine

Kittery Outlets is actually several outlet properties clustered along a mile long strip of US Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, just across the Maine-New Hampshire border. Kittery Premium Outlets, Tanger Outlets, Kittery Place and the Outlet Mall of Kittery are just a sampling of properties. more…


Wrentham Village Premium Outlets | I-95 Exit Guide

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets
One Premium Outlets Boulevard
Wrentham, Massachusetts 02093

The Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is an open-air outlet power center owned by the Simon Property Group. It is located off I-495 and Route 1A in Wrentham, Massachusetts. The facility opened in 1997, and was expanded in 1998, 1999, and 2000. more…


Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets - Clinton, Connecticut | I-95 Exit Guide

Clinton Crossing
20 Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, Connecticut

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets, located along the Connecticut Shoreline, is a charming outdoor village center conveniently located on I-95 en route to Boston or New York. Enjoy savings of 25% to 65% off every day prices featuring more than 70 designer and name brand outlet stores. more…


Tanger Outlets - Westbrook, Connecticut | I-95 Exit Guide

Tanger Outlets Westbrook
314 Flat Rock Place
Westbrook, Connecticut 06498

Tanger Outlets Westbrook has 65 outlet stores and restaurants. Tanger Outlets Westbrook is located 0.4 miles (1 minute) from I-95, exit 65. Take I-95 to Exit 65, turn left at Flat Rock Place. Tanger Outlet Center is straight ahead. more…


Jackson Premium Outlets - Jackson, New Jersey | I-95 Exit GuideJackson Premium Outlets
537 Monmouth Road
Jackson, New Jersey 08527

Jackson Premium Outlets has 70 stores and restaurants. Jackson Premium Outlets is located 10.5 miles (about 10 minutes) from the New Jersey Turnpike. Take NJT exit 7A to I-195 East to exit 16B. Jackson Premium Outlets is located 0.3 miles north on NJ Route 537. more…


Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall - Elizabeth, New Jersey | I-95 Exit Guide

Jersey Gardens
651 Kapkowski Road
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07201

Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall is a two-level indoor outlet mall with over 200 stores and restaurants. It is the largest outlet mall in New Jersey. Jersey Gardens Outlet Mall is located approximately 1 mile (about 5 minutes) from the New Jersey Turnpike. Take NJT exit 13A to NJ81 North to exit North Avenue, then right to Kapkowski Road. Jersey Gardens Outlet mall is on your left. more…


Philadelphia Mills - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | I-95 Exit Guide

Philadelphia Mills
1455 Franklin Mills Circle
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19154

Philadelphia Mills is an enclosed outlet shopping mall located in Northeast Philadelphia.  The mall houses more than 200 stores, a movie theater, two food courts, and seven themed restaurants. Philadelphia Mills is located off I-95, exit 35 (Woodhaven Road), minutes away from Center City, Bensalem and New Jersey. more…


Arundel Mills - Hanover, Maryland | I-95 Exit GuideArundel Mills
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, Maryland

Arundel Mills is an outlet mall located south of Baltimore, near BWI Airport. It is the largest mall in the state of Maryland. Arundel Mills opened in November 2000. It is the first enclosed mall to feature a Medieval Times dinner theater. In addition to over 225 stores, Arundel Mills features Egyptian-themed 24-screen megaplex movie theater. more…


Tanger Outlets - National Harbor, Maryland | I-95 Exit GuideTanger Outlets National Harbor
6800 Oxon Hill Road
National Harbor, Maryland

Over 70 brand-name stores include Pandora, Samsonite, Gap Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Under Armour, Michael Kors, Vince Camuto, Diane von Furstenberg, Nike Factory Store, Columbia, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, J. Crew Factory Store, and many more. National Harbor outlets provide the best deals, all with the benefit of the awesome waterfront nearby! more…


Potomac Mills - Woodbridge, Virginia | I-95 Exit GuidePotomac Mills
2700 Potomac Mills Circle, Suite 307
Woodbridge, Virginia

Potomac Mills is Virginia’s largest outlet mall, located minutes from the heart of Washington D.C. Potomac Mills features an indoor shopping experience with over 200 stores. Catch a movie at the AMC Potomac Mills 18 Theatres (with IMAX), or grab a bite to eat at one of the center’s 25 eateries. Conveniently located immediately off of I-95, exit 156 in Prince William, Virginia. more…


Carolina Premium Outlets - Smithfield, North Carolina | I-95 Exit GuideCarolina Premium Outlets
1025 Industrial Park Drive
Smithfield, North Carolina

Carolina Premium Outlets is Eastern North Carolina’s premier shopping destination. With over 80 upscale outlet stores, Carolina Premium Outlets is an easy to navigate, outdoor shopping experience. Carolina Premium Outlets is located 0.8 miles (2 minutes) from I-95, exit 95. Take I-95, exit 5 to US 70 west, to Industrial Park Drive, then Industrial Park Drive north 0.6 miles. more…


Tanger Outlets - Bluffton, South Carolina | I-95 Exit GuideTanger Outlets Hilton Head
1414 Fording Island Rd.
Bluffton, South Carolina

Tanger Outlets, Hilton Head is two side-by-side outlet centers featuring over 90 stores, located 1 mile west of the Hilton Head bridge. Tanger Outlets Hilton Head is located in Bluffton on SC Route 278, 15.9 miles (about 19 minutes) from I-95, exit 8. more…


Savannah Festival Outlets | I-95 Exit GuideThe Shoppes of Savannah
11 Gateway Boulevard South
Savannah, Georgia

The Shoppes of Savannah is a small outlet mall conveniently located off of Interstate I-95 at Exit 94. They are also only 20 minutes from beautiful Historic Downtown Savannah with easy access to the I-95 corridor. The Shoppes of Savannah stores include Carters, GNC, Rack Room Shoes, Beall’s Outlet, Leggs, Hanes, Bali Playtex, Book Warehouse, Pride Pools Spas and Leisure. more…


Tanger Outlets Savannah | I-95 Exit GuideTanger Outlets Savannah
200 Tanger Outlet Boulevard
Pooler, Georgia

Shop more than 95 name brand stores at the Tanger Outlets Savannah, including H&M, Forever 21, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, Tommy Hilfiger, Cabi Outlet, Gap, American Eagle Outfitters, Coach, LOFT, Tumi, Torrid, Abercrombie & Fitch, Talbot’s, Chico’s, Ann Taylor and many more. more…


St Augustine Outlets | I-95 Exit GuideSt. Augustine Outlets
500 Outlet Mall Boulevard
St. Augustine, Florida

Conveniently located off I-95 at exit 318, St. Augustine Outlets features 75 brand name stores, including Michael Kors, H&M, kate spade new york and Old Navy. Nearby attractions include historic St. Augustine and Jacksonville, FL. When you’re looking for things to do in St. Augustine, be sure to shop all the factory stores St. Augustine Outlets has to offer. more…


St Augustine Premium Outlets | I-95 Exit GuideSt. Augustine Premium Outlets
2700 State Road 16
St. Augustine, Florida

With over 85 shops and restaurants, St. Augustine Premium Outlets is the more upscale of the area’s two outlet centers which are on opposite sides of I-95. This one is an outdoor center that includes Calvin Klein, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama and more. St. Augustine Premium Outlets is located just off I-95, exit318. more…


Tanger Outlets - Daytona Beach | I-95 Exit GuideTanger Outlets Daytona Beach
1100 Cornerstone Boulevard
Daytona Beach, Florida

Tanger Outlets Dayton Beach features over 75 designer brand name stores… everything for women, for men as well as for kids. Take I-95 to Exit 265, LPGA Blvd in Daytona Beach. Travel East and take a right at the first traffic light onto Outlet Blvd. When you reach the four-way stop, turn right onto Cornerstone Blvd. Continue Straight and Tanger Outlets will be on the right. more…


Palm Beach Outlets - Palm Beach, Florida | I-95 Exit GuidePalm Beach Outlets
1801 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida

Palm Beach Outlets is a 440,000 square foot outlet mall featuring over 100 stores. Palm Beach Outlets is located directly off Interstate 95 on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The site also includes Marketplace at the Outlets, a 300,000 square foot regional center that features approximately 20 stores. more…


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