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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 www.horrycounty.org



Horry County Offices to Close at Noon

Conway, South Carolina – In preparation for the anticipated winter storm, all Horry County Government offices including all Horry County Memorial Libraries, all courts (Family Court, Circuit Court, and Magistrate courts), the Horry County Museum, and the Horry County Community Centers will be closing today at noon. Public Safety operations will continue on a normal schedule. 

The Myrtle Beach International Airport will remain operational unless conditions warrant otherwise.

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

 



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 http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm.



Horry County Monitors Winter Storm

Conway, South Carolina –The Horry County Emergency Management Department is monitoring the winter weather conditions that are possible for our area. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch effective from 6 a.m. Wednesday morning through 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Anticipated impacts include heavy mixed precipitation (snow and/or ice) for portions of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina.

Citizens are encouraged to drive safely during rainy conditions:

  • First and foremost: slow down! 
  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet/icy conditions.
  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you. 

Horry County Emergency Management Division also urges everyone to continue proper precautions for cold weather such as: 

  • 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.
  • 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 caution when traveling on roads.  
  • Use caution when walking in parking lots and on sidewalks.
  • Travelers should not contact the airport but should check with airlines as flights may be delayed or canceled. 

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



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.



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