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Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

April 6, 2017 

8 a.m. 

Severe Weather Update: 

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County returns to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, normal operating condition, as of this morning. At this time, no significant issues were reported overnight. 

Know Your Zone Indicator Signs


Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Emergency Management Department will enhance its Know Your Zone campaign initiative by adding evacuation zone signs throughout respective areas of the County.

The signs will be added to existing Horry County street signs in evacuation zone areas, located within unincorporated areas of Horry County.

The signs indicate evacuation zones A, B and C by color with red representing Zone A, the color yellow representing Zone B and the color orange representing Zone C. The indicators measure approximately 9 inches by 9 inches.

The multi-year project will involve distribution of the evacuation zone signs in phases. The first phase will focus on transition sections between evacuation zone areas.

Following Hurricane Matthew, Horry County residents requested clarification of evacuation zone areas. The fixed signage will indicate evacuation zone areas for citizens who reside and work in the respective sections.

Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to U.S. 17 intersection and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line.

Evacuation Zone B: All areas south of Highway 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas between Highway 17 and Highway 17 Business.

Evacuation Zone C: All areas between Highway 701 and Highway 544, south of Browns Chapel Avenue and Highway 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to the county line.

Know Your Zone is a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of Horry County of the hurricane evacuation zones and the vulnerability to storm surge.

The Know Your Zone campaign was developed as a result of the information contained in the South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study (HES) for the Northern Conglomerate that was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 2012. The campaign also reflects the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) decision to separate the association of storm surge inundation from the category of storm.

For information on evacuation, reentry, storm preparation and more, visit Horry County Emergency Management online.

For more information on the Know Your Zone campaign initiative, click HERE.



Horry County Tornado Update

Conway, South Carolina –Around noon yesterday, a severe storm came through Horry County and produced damaging winds and possibly a tornado.  The National Weather Service from Wilmington met with Horry County Emergency Management this morning to assess the damage. The NWS determined that an EF-1tornado did in fact cause the damage produced by the storm. They estimated the tornado had winds speeds of 110 mph.

Horry County Fire/Rescue and Horry County Police conducted primary searches and no injuries have been reported.  Power was out for about 1100 homes for a period of time, but all power has been restored. 

Intermittent structural damage from the storm began close to Booth’s Christmas Tree Farm on Adrianne Highway and proceeded along Adrianne Hwy to about Hwy 66 or about 5 miles.  Damage assessment teams from Horry County Code Enforcement found several buildings and a few homes damaged including 3-4 homes uninhabitable due to roof damage or blown off the foundation. The preliminary damage assessment from 40 structures that were damaged is $977,300, which includes six homes.  

Damage Assessment Map


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 at 8 a.m. this morning with the passing of Tropical Storm Hermine. OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions.

Overnight there were several issues including trees down (approximately 10 reported in the western parts of the county) and flooding of streets along the coast and some inland. Roads should be open and passable this morning, although a couple of road washouts were reported in Murrells Inlet area. No structural damage was reported.

The Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) will be activated until noon today. Unincorporated residents can call and report any drainage issues or damage to roads. 

Horry County Emergency Management encourages beachgoers to still use caution when swimming in the ocean this weekend as strong rip currents could still be an issue. Swimmers should follow the below safety tips: 

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!

Storm Recovery Tips from Horry County Emergency Management

Conway, South Carolina – Following Tropical Storm Hermine or any tropical system, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe. Feel better prepared with these safety and recovery tips from Horry County Emergency Management.

Check on family and neighbors

Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

Turn Around, Don’t Drown

Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

Drive only when necessary. Roads may have weakened and can collapse under the weight of a car.

Document damage

Separate damaged and undamaged belongings. Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

Stay away from downed power lines

If you see power, cable or phone lines that are down in your yard or in the street, always treat them as if they were energized and dangerous. Never touch them! Stay at least 20 feet away. Call an energy provider to report the location so repairs can be made as soon as possible.
Post-storm debris can hide power lines that have fallen. Trees may also contain lines that have fallen. A metal fence, pond or standing water could be energized by lines touching them elsewhere. Even the ground can be energized near fallen lines. Approach these items with caution, keeping in mind that the real danger might be hidden.

Remove standing water – Tip & Toss!
Residents are urged to remove standing water to prevent mosquitoes from living and breeding. Tips & Toss!
Horry County believes the best way residents can protect themselves is by reducing breeding sources. Breeding sources for mosquito-borne illnesses are 
primarily water-filled containers left around homes and businesses. Tipping and tossing water-filled containers once a week can significantly reduce mosquito populations.
Keep mosquitoes from laying eggs inside and outside of your home. Items in and around people’s homes can collect water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as

·         Vases
·         pet water bowls
·         flowerpot saucers
·         discarded tires
·         buckets
·         pool covers
·         birdbaths
·         trash cans
·         rain barrels

These actions can help reduce the number of mosquitoes around areas where people live.

Follow safe water storage tips

If water must be stored, tightly cover storage containers to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside and laying eggs.

Click HERE for dditional information on Horry County's mosquito control program.