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Coast RTA to Suspend Evacuation Services

Coast RTA will suspend its evacuation services to Zones B & C today at noon and Zone A at 2 p.m.
Once state and local officials issue the order for residents’ re-entry, Coast RTA will initiate its re-rentry transporation services to the residents from designated shelter(s) to the hurricane evacuation bus stop/pick up locations. 
All service announcements will be made via social media platforms, media outlets and our Customer Service.
The bus stops are posted on our website under routes/evacuation information.

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.

Coast RTA To Assist With Evacuations

Conway, South Carolina-With the delivery of Gov Haley’s executive order for evacuation, Coast RTA will begin evacuation services at noon TODAY. Please see the attached release regarding the list of bus stops served during the evacuation and tips for shelters. Anyone needing special transportation should call our customer service to discuss options (843.488.0865 – in press release). Pets are not allowed at shelters.
All service announcements will be made via social media platforms, media outlets and our Customer Service.



Hurricane Matthew Update: Evacuations Ordered for Horry County

Date: October 6, 2016

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has just issued an evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties to officially begin at noon (12 p.m.) Thursday, October 6, 2016.  This evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A only and includes all areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to the intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) and all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.  In addition, evacuations include all low-lying areas, mobile homes, and campground sites.

Horry County does not anticipate the need for lane reversals on Highway 501, but is prepared to implement the reversals if needed.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will move to OPCON 1 at noon today, as an evacuation has been issued.

To support the evacuation, American Red Cross shelters will open at 12 p.m. today for individuals who must evacuate.  Please see the shelter list and evacuation route list below.  Individuals are reminded to secure their property BEFORE they evacuate.  Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, do not accept pets and are 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.

Once the Governor rescinds the evacuation order, Horry County Emergency Management will activate the Re-Entry Plan.  Re-entry will occur in phases beginning with Level 1 access into the impacted areas.  Municipalities may enforce their own identification procedures at checkpoints if deemed necessary.

Level 1

All public officials and personnel having key roles in life safety and the restoration of critical services after a disaster will be permitted to access the impacted area.  All Level 1 personnel will be required to present and wear in full view an authorized employee identification badge.  No personal vehicles will be permitted to enter impacted areas during Level 1 access, except governmental personal reporting for official business.

Level 2

This allows for reentry of critical support groups, relief workers, South Carolina Law Enforcement certified security officers, healthcare personnel, business owners/essential staff, insurance adjusters and any other person(s) authorized by the jurisdiction to provide services or reduce economic loss.  All Level 2 personnel will be required to present and wear an authorized employee identification badge at checkpoints.

Level 3

Residents and business operators will have access to areas that have been deemed safe by the authority having jurisdiction.  When possible, every effort should be made to safely assist these persons to their property if access is limited.  All residents and business operations must show proper identification to enter an impacted area.  Residents with special needs will be assisted back into their dwellings once sufficient support services are available to assist.

Re-Entry for Residents & Property Owners

  • Residents should have proper identification to gain admittance.  Identification may include a valid government issued photo ID card showing the location of the property.  Out of state property owners with residential or commercial properties within the affected area(s) must show a valid government issued photo identification and current documentation to verify the need for re-entry such as a utility bill, deed, property tax notice, etc…

Re-Entry for Business Owners & Essential Employees

  • Business owners/operators will need proper identification to gain admittance to impacted areas such as a current business license, company photo ID card, lease documents or other official documents showing the location of the property and a valid government issued ID card.
  • Essential staff/employees will also need proper identification such as a valid business or government issued ID card and an essential employee authorization letter on official company letterhead provided by the business.  This letter should include a request for admittance, the employees’ name and be signed by the business owner/operator.

The forecast for Hurricane Matthew may change as the storm gets closer to the coast, residents are strongly urged to monitor local news for the most up-to-date information.  In addition, citizens should survey their property to make sure outside objects are secured. It is also recommended that you review your hurricane plans now.

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



  • 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 live 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 at .



  • Aynor Elementary-516 Jordanville Road, Aynor
  • Aynor High-201 Jordanville Road, Aynor
  • Aynor Middle School, 400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
  • Blackwater Middle School, 900 East Cox Ferry Road, Conway
  • Conway High School, 2301 Church Street, Conway
  • Green Sea Floyds Elementary,5000 Tulip Road, Green Sea
  • Green Sea Floyds High,5265 Highway 9, Green Sea
  • Loris Elementary, 901 Highway 9 East, Loris
  • Loris High-301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
  • Loris Middle School, 5209 Highway 66, Loris
  • North Myrtle Beach High School, 3750 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River
  • Palmetto Bays Elementary, 8900 Highway 544, Myrtle Beach
  • Pee Dee Elementary, 6555 Highway 134, Conway
  • Whittemore Park Middle-1808 Rhue Street

Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Animal Care Center Strays

Date: October 6, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.
Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center (HCACC) will open today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. for citizens to reclaim their pets that may have been picked up as strays.  The HCACC cannot accept drop offs at this time and will be closed except for the above (staff is still caring for the animals).
In preparation for Hurricane Matthew, the HCACC has been able to transfer approximately 40-pets who would have otherwise been up for adoption.  These pets went to rescues outside of the potential impact areas.
Should an evacuation be ordered, the Horry County Animal Care Center would like to remind residents to either take their pets with them (if able) or make arrangements from them to be cared for outside of the evacuation zone.  Do not leave your pets at home!
For more information or to see a list of adoptable pets and those that have been brought in as strays visit the Horry County Animal Care Center’s web page at