Beaufort (S.C.) Memorial Hospital is in an idyllic setting for almost any other time than this. But in the next 24 to 48 hours, it will be buffeted by the winds and storm surge of Hurricane Matthew.

The facility lies directly north of Hilton Head Island, serving the Sea Islands of South Carolina, a few miles from the head of the Harbor River, where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It’s right in the path of Matthew, which as of Friday morning is battering the coast of Florida as a Stage 3 hurricane.

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