Nikki Haley

Residents of ritzy Hilton Head Island happy to be alive

Whether it was an exhilarating night of watching nature's wonder or one of the most frightening experiences of their lives, people on Hilton Head Island felt the same way Saturday — happy to be alive — hours after Hurricane Matthew moved past.

Hilton Head Island — the popular resort along coastal South Carolina — belonged to those who stayed Saturday morning. Emergency officials left Friday afternoon and didn't return until a few hours after sunrise Saturday as the winds and rains died down. Most of the 40,000 residents of this island where the median home price is nearly $450,000 left, and Gov. Nikki Haley said they may not be able to return for at least...