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Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 due to flooding issues regarding Hurricane Joaquin. OPCON 3 means that the storm continues to pose a significant threat to Horry County. Horry County has temporarily suspended the Emergency Operations Center at midnight, but could reopen throughout the weekend as needed.
Due to flooding issues in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area, numerous residents have been evacuated from their homes and a shelter opened at 10 p.m. this evening at the First Baptist Church North Myrtle Beach, located at 200 Highway 17 South.
The biggest threats to our area continue to be 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 are highly encouraged to stay off the roads throughout the night. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!
Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates throughout the weekend. 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 at http://www.horrycounty.org or to review FEMA flood maps at http://www.horrycounty.org/OnlineServices/FEMAFloodMaps.
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!
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.
Drive with Caution
Flooding will make driving difficult as run-off collects across intersection and low spots. In addition, some small creeks and ditches may quickly get out of their banks and sill across the roadway. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!
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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