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Horry County Remains at OPCON 4 for Second Winter Storm

On February 12, 2014 in Closings, Emergencies

February 12, 2014  5:30 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County will remain at Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of wintry weather over the next couple of days. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, and will continue to monitor the storm closely. Horry County is reviewing all operational plans and will keep everyone aware of any changes in the forecast and will take appropriate action when necessary.

The following county schedule changes for Wednesday, February 12, 2014, are:  All Horry County offices and facilities will open on a 2-hour delay. In addition, the offices will open at 10 a.m.  In addition, all family, circuit, magistrate, magistrate jury and probate court hearings will be canceled.

The western parts of Horry County (Bucksport, Conway, Loris, Aynor, Gallivants Ferry and Green Sea) will begin to experience a wintry mix of rain and sleet tomorrow morning until about noon, where the precipitation is expected to turn back into rain. Parts of Horry County may also experience potential power outages from knocked down tree limbs. As always depending on the actual track of the system, things can change one way or another so Horry County will continue to monitor the event and be ready to make any adjustments as needed.

Horry County Emergency Management Division urges everyone to continue proper precautions 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 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.

· 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.

· 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.