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Horry County Government Offices to Remain Closed Today

Conway, South Carolina – Due to inclement weather, all Horry County Government offices including all Horry County Memorial Libraries, the Horry County Museum, and the Horry County Community Centers will remain closed today. Public Safety operations continue on a normal schedule.

All courts (Family Court, Circuit Court, and Magistrate courts) remain closed.

The most up-to-date information on Horry County Government operations can be found on the County’s website at

Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation for the anticipated winter storm. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials are constantly monitoring the situation and have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and local municipalities. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective from 11 a.m. Wednesday morning through 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Anticipated impacts include two to three inches of snow and the potential for ice, especially near the coast, making travel dangerous.

Residents of Horry County should continue winter safety precautions, including:

  • Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to a minimum. Frostbite is harmful and painful. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can be lethal, and it is particularly hard on infants and the elderly. When the weather turns cold, don't go outdoors unless you have to. If you must go out, dress in layers and cover your ears, head and hands. Remember, high wind speeds dramatically increase the effects of cold temperatures by increasing the "wind chill factor."
  • Remember the usual emergency supplies: a flashlight and batteries, a battery-powered radio, extra non-perishable food and water, extra medicines and baby items, and first-aid supplies.
  • Freezing temperatures can burst water pipes in homes that lack heat or proper insulation. Wrap exposed pipes or take other measures to insulate them from the cold.
  • Prepare a place indoors for pets. Move farm animals to shelters and have extra feed and water available.
  • Be aware of possible carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire if using alternative sources for electricity, heating or cooking.
  • NEVER operate a portable generator indoors.
  • Residents are encouraged to check on elderly and at-risk neighbors and relatives due to the increased potential for power outages and cold temperatures. 
  • Use extra caution when traveling on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently traveled roadways, which tend to freeze first. Even at above freezing temperatures, if the conditions are wet, motorists may encounter ice in shady or exposed roadways (bridges).
  • Monitor local media for the most up to date storm related information.  

For more information on winter weather safety tips for your family and pets, please log onto the American Red Cross website at

Outdoor Burn Ban Issued for Horry County

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Government has initiated an outdoor burning ban effective immediately for the unincorporated areas of Horry County.  This ban will remain in place until further notice. The ban has been placed due to the extreme fire danger as a result of the low relative humidity and increased wind speeds.  Any and all outdoor burning, included permitted burns, are strictly prohibited during the ban, and those involved in any open burning would be in violation of the law. 

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at (843) 742-0881.

Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County To Move To OPCON 3

Date: 7 September 2017

Time: 5 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County will move to OPCON 3 (Level 3 Operating Condition) in preparation of Hurricane Irma as of 8 a.m. Friday, September 8, 2017. OPCON 3 means the storm poses a significant threat to Horry County. County officials are in continual discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, coastal communities including local municipalities, the Governor’s office and will continue to monitor the situation closely. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT activated at this time.

Should mandatory evacuation order be issued, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation zones as follows:

  • Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) and then all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.
  • Zone B: All areas south of Hwy 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas east of U.S. 17 Bypass (Mark Garner Hwy) to U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) and all areas east of U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) to the northern county line.                                               
  • Zone C: All areas between Hwy 701 and Hwy 544, south of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to U.S. 17 to the northern county line. 
  • Mobile homes, campers and those in flood prone areas are asked to evacuate for all storms.
  • Horry County evacuates for storm surge and not for wind.

Prior to any evacuation orders, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation route that they will take:

North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion.  In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway.  They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion.  In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown.  They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia.  Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

Residents that reside in Evacuation Zone C should utilize the closest available evacuation route to safely evacuate the area.

When evacuating, it is important to take a road map. Motorists should be aware that law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard may be posted along evacuation routes to provide assistance. Evacuation routes and maps are available on Horry County’s office website.

Whether required to evacuate or not, citizens should:

  • Have all necessary medications (prescription and over the counter).
  • Have a supply of nonperishable food and water for each family member including pets.
  • Survey property to mitigate the potential of flooding such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris. 
  • Have family hurricane plans in place; including items that may be needed like water, batteries, flashlights, etc. 
  • Anticipate potential power outages that could extend for several days.

If an evacuation order is given, the following schools will be opened as American Red Cross Shelters:

  • Aynor Middle-400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
  • Conway High School, 2301 Church Street, Conway
  • Loris High-301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
  • Palmetto Bays Elementary, 8900 Highway 544, Myrtle Beach
  • Whittemore Park Middle-1808 Rhue Street

Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, they do not accept pets and not designed for comfort. When going to a shelter, citizens will need to take their own supplies such as batteries, bedding, identification, toiletries, clothing, etc…Shelters do not accept guns, alcohol or animals. To easily locate a shelter, download the free American Red Cross Shelter Finder application on the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website. This link contains information on how to prepare for an emergency, evacuation routes and maps, re-entry information, shelters, etc.

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Horry County Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels

  • OPCON 5: Normal day to day operations
  • OPCON 4: Storm poses possible threat: The possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
  • OPCON 3: Storm poses significant threat: A disaster or emergency situation is likely. Most likely the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been or will be activated (either partially or fully based on the severity of the event).
  • OPCON 2: Evacuation order imminent: A disaster or emergency situation is imminent or in effect.
  • OPCON 1: Evacuation order issued: A major disaster or emergency is in effect. This is the highest state of emergency situation and the Emergency Operations Center is fully activated.  This also applies to post disaster operations.

Horry County Moves to OPCON 5

Date: 29 August 2017

Time: 8 a.m.

Subtropical Storm 10 Update:

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is normal operating conditions, as of this morning. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center was not opened however Horry Emergency Management is available for questions, concerns, etc. 

Beachgoers should continue to heed the advice of lifeguards as the National Weather Service still lists our area under a moderate rip current risk. This means that beachgoers should swim close to lifeguards and obey the flag warning system. 

Residents in low lying or flood prone areas along the Waccamaw River are advised to monitor the water levels closely as the National Weather Service river forecast has the river peaking at 11’5” on Thursday, August 31, 2017. 

Drivers are cautioned to NEVER DRIVE THROUGH WATER!  It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away. 

For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website. Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.