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On September 3, 2016 in Public Safety

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 at 8 a.m. this morning with the passing of Tropical Storm Hermine. OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions.

Overnight there were several issues including trees down (approximately 10 reported in the western parts of the county) and flooding of streets along the coast and some inland. Roads should be open and passable this morning, although a couple of road washouts were reported in Murrells Inlet area. No structural damage was reported.

The Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) will be activated until noon today. Unincorporated residents can call and report any drainage issues or damage to roads. 

Horry County Emergency Management encourages beachgoers to still use caution when swimming in the ocean this weekend as strong rip currents could still be an issue. Swimmers should follow the below safety tips: 

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!