CHARLESTON, S.C. — Emergency officials along South Carolina’s coast are reminding residents of evacuation routes and telling them to begin to think about how they can protect their property and lives from Hurricane Matthew.

The storm was about 1,000 miles from Charleston on Tuesday, But forecasters predict the hurricane will move near or along South Carolina’s coast late Friday into early Saturday as a category 2 storm.

State emergency management officials and county leaders are on heightened alert. No evacuations have been ordered, but Gov. Nikki Haley plans a news conference Tuesday afternoon to detail South Carolina’s preparations.

The state Climatology Office says a hurricane has not made landfall in South Carolina since Gaston moved ashore north of Charleston in August 2004.