Governor issues mandatory evacuation for Beaufort County’s barrier islands Posted on September 9, 2017 by S Y WoodsSeptember 9, 2017 In Friday night’s press conference, Governor McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation order for the barrier islands in Beaufort County starting at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 9. Beaufort County barrier islands under the mandatory evacuation order are Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, Harbor Island, Hunting Island and Fripp Island. As of 10:00 a.m. Saturday, road blocks will be in place and residents and guests will no longer be able to enter the affected barrier islands, until the evacuation order is lifted. The Red Cross will have two shelters available within Beaufort County for those evacuating the barrier islands. Those shelters will be: Bluffton High School located at 12 H.E. McCracken Drive in Bluffton and Battery Creek High School located at 1 Blue Dolphin Drive in Burton. The Red Cross storm shelters will be open Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and addition al information will be released tomorrow morning. In response to questions we have already received, the mandatory evacuation does not include Moss Creek Plantation.