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Conway, South Carolina –Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 3 (OPCON 3) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 3 level means an emergency situation is likely or imminent. In preparation of the winter storm, Horry County Emergency Management will open the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a partial basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, until further notice. Emergency Support Functions that will report to the EOC are transportation, public works, fire/rescue, procurement, mass care, law enforcement, communications, airport and utilities. Once the EOC opens, Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 1 (OPCON 1). OPCON 1 level means an emergency situation is in effect.
Also, all Horry County offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, January 28, except essential personnel who should report to duty as directed. Other county cancellations for Tuesday, January 28, include:
Horry County will begin to experience a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet beginning at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, with conditions deteriorating throughout the day and evening to include sustained winds of 20 MPH. Snow may begin around 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, and last throughout the day on Wednesday, January 29. Western parts of Horry County could see 2-4 inches of sleet/snow and ice levels on local roads could reach 1/3 to ½ inch throughout the winter storm event, which could create dangerous driving conditions and potential power outages from knocked down tree limbs.
Horry County Public Works will begin treating heavily travelled, county-maintained roads and bridges with sand as needed and will be prepared to remove any debris that may fall in the roadways.
Horry County Emergency Management urges everyone to continue proper precautions such as:
· Citizens unaccustomed to dealing with life-threatening aspects of severe cold should remember to keep exposure to cold weather 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."
· Stock up on heating fuel and prepare emergency heating sources, such as fireplaces, wood stoves and space heaters. (WARNING: Never burn charcoal briquettes indoors.)
· 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 measure 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.
· 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.
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