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Hurricane Matthew Update for October 10, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Date: October 10, 2016

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • There are no further curfews for unincorporated Horry County at this time.
  • The City of Loris will have a curfew tonight from 6 p.m.until tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.
  • Horry County Government will be open tomorrow, October 11, 2016. However the following buildings will remain closed due to lack of electricity (this list may be subject to change if electrical services are restored):
    • Aynor Magistrate
    • Aynor Library
    • Bucksport Library
    • Conway Library
    • Green Sea Library
    • Little River Library
    • Loris Library
    • Loris Magistrate
    • Mt. Olive Magistrate
    • Museum
    • North Myrtle Beach Library
    • Veteran’s Affairs
  • There will be no Circuit Court or Family Court hearings on Tuesday, October 11.
  • All magistrate’s court, jury court and traffic court will be cancelled for the remainder of the week.
  • All Common Pleas & General Sessions Jury trials for this week are postponed.
  • Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused.
  • Citizens can visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce link for an up to date listing of businesses that are currently open.
  • Currently there are 57 in the Beach Church shelter.
  • As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, initial damage assessments in the unincorporated areas of Horry County include 553 structures, mainly residential properties.  These structures sustained minor damage, which is estimated at $16.5 million.  Damage assessments will continue.
  • The Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers that were safely able are open today. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 149+ roads closed
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.

Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Hurricane Matthew Update for October 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • The South Carolina Forestry Commission has issued a burning ban for all South Carolina counties that will be in effect until further notice.
  • http://www.myrtlebeachareachamber.com/member/hurricane/updates.html Citizens can visit the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce link (above) for an up to date listing of businesses that are currently open.
  • All Horry County Government offices and courts remain closed Monday, October 10, 2016.  All essential personnel will continue to report for duty.  Circuit Court jurors for this week have been excused.  All Common Pleas & General Sessions Jury trials for this week are postponed.
  • The number of evacuees in shelters have diminished (468 as of last night to just 31 as of noon this today).  The only shelter still accepting evacuees is, Beach Church located at 557 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
  • The S.C. Dept. of Health and Environmental Control is waiving testing fee for private wells. Residents with questions about private wells should call 803-898-4312.
  • The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will be conducting boat patrols on flooded waterways.
  • The Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers that were safely able are open today. Residents of unincorporated Horry County should utilize the recycling center closest to them to dispose of storm debris.  If your yard/tree debris is larger than six inches in diameter and four feet in length, you must bring the debris to the landfill located at 1886 Highway 90.  If you live within the limits of an incorporated municipality, you should contact municipal officials regarding their debris cleanup procedures.
  • 159+ roads closed and/or impassable
  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.

Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

 



Hurricane Matthew Update for October 8, 2016 @ 12 p.m.

 Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 12 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank is functioning as normal.
  • The Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for this week has been postponed until October 17 and the Board of Registration & Elections meeting has been cancelled.
  • All Horry County Circuit Court jurors for the week of October 10, 2016, are excused.
  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • As of 12 p.m. this morning there are 468 in area shelters.
  • 123+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

 Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.



Hurricane Matthew Update As of October 9, 2016 @ 8 a.m.

Date: October 9, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.
 

  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank lines are temporarily down and should be operational shortly.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • 131+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

 Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.



Hurricane Matthew Update:Residents Urged to Prepare For Possible Flooding

Date: October 7, 2016

Time: 11 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina- Horry County remains at Operating Condition Level 1 (OPCON 1) in preparation of Hurricane Matthew which means that the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully staffed and evacuations are underway.  County officials are in continual discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans. 

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Horry County and a Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all areas of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina.

The storm is forecast to make its closest approach to Horry County on Saturday.  Winds and rainfall will begin increasing throughout the day today into late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

Sustained winds of 40-50 mph will pick-up later tonight with gusts over 60 mph. possible.  The strongest winds will occur along the immediate coast over-night tonight through late Saturday/early Sunday. Rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are anticipated to be in excess of 10-12 inches with locally higher amounts possible. This will increase the likelihood of flooding and flash flooding.  Impacts include, impassable roads, road washouts, and flooding of flood prone and low lying areas.

There is a Storm Surge Watch from the South Santee River north to Cape Fear, North Carolina.  Horry County can anticipate 3-6 feet of storm surge along the ocean front, tidal areas/creeks and areas along the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers.

There will be rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend.

Residents are urged to stay off the roads, if possible.  If not, use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding will occur. Drivers are reminded to NEVER DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES/BARRELS!  These are placed in the roadway for your safety.  Also NEVER DRIVE THROUGH WATER!  It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away.

All residents are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing throughout the day.

Horry County has a map of road closures on our website, look for the link in the Hurricane Matthew information box.

Residents who experience flooding, can call the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.

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.



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