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New Law: Leave During Hurricane Or Be Fined

Do you you usually stay at home even when there is a mandatory evacuation? Well if you do that, starting Monday you could be charged and fined.

Officials say mandatory evacuations have always been that, mandatory. This new law makes it so officials can enforce it.

People would face a $1,000 fine and a misdemeanor charge if they're ordered to evacuate and don't.

We talked with some Hurricane Irene victims in Beaufort County to see what they think about the new law. Some thought it was a good idea, some didn't.

At this point officials don't know to what extent that they will enforce the law. Officials did say they believe it's another tool to help them during an emergency.


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