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Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County Continues to Monitor Hurricane Irma

On September 8, 2017 in Emergencies

Date: 8 September 2017

Time: 4 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Even though Hurricane Irma’s track has shifted, Horry County Government will closely monitor the storm over the weekend and is in continuous conversations with the National Weather Service and state officials. Horry County remains at OPCON 4 which means that Hurricane Irma still poses a potential threat to Horry County. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is NOT open at this time.

With its current track, Horry County can expect to see up to five inches of rain, minor coastal flooding and rough surf with possible rip currents. There is also an elevated chance of tornadoes late Sunday into early Monday morning. Low lying and flood prone areas could be in jeopardy of seeing some level of overflow.

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, the National Weather Service has issued warnings of high rip current risk along Horry County’s beaches. This means that the surf is dangerous to all levels of swimmers. All beach goers are urged to heed the advice of lifeguards. Additional safety tips include:

  • Never swim alone.
  • If in doubt, don’t go out!
  • If caught in a rip current, stay calm. Don’t try to swim against the current! You can escape it by swimming in a direction following the shoreline or towards breaking waves, then at an angle towards the beach. 

Additional swimming safety information can be found on the National Weather Service website.

Residents of Horry County should plan to have all hurricane preparation completed by midday Saturday in the event that this tropical system’s track changes. Citizens should stay tuned to local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane location information.

Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website

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