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Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

On October 1, 2015 in Emergencies, Public Safety

October 1, 2015      

12:00 p.m.

Hurricane Joaquin Update:

Conway, South Carolina – At 12:00 p.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of potential flooding due to the combination effects of Hurricane Joaquin and from a low pressure system in the Gulf. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun 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.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

The current forecast indicates that Horry County could receive up to 10 inches of rain beginning this afternoon through Sunday. Horry County could also experience tropical storm force wind gusts on Saturday, which could cause potential down trees and power lines due to the saturated ground.

The biggest threats to our area are the potential for flash floods and dangerous maritime conditions. All low lying areas, areas prone to flooding, and communities along the Waccamaw River should use extra caution and prepare for potential flooding. An increasing easterly swell and easterly winds will combine with heavy rain to enhance coastal flooding potential. The combination of increasing wave action and water runoff may lead to beach erosion and rip currents will also become elevated beginning this afternoon.

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family emergency plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website or on the FEMA flood maps site.

Flood Safety Tips

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor your local media outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs!

Stay Informed

Monitor local your local media outlets (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet, and social media for information and updates.

Get to Higher Ground

Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground. Move personal belongings that may flood.

Obey Warning and Road Closure Signs

Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn around! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. ditches, sharp objects and debris, washed out roads, electrical wires, etc.). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve-inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18-inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Avoid Flood Waters

Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six-inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. Watch out for your pets and bring them inside.

Practice Electrical Safety

Don’t go into any room if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises – get out! 




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