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Severe Weather Update: Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – At 9:00 a.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of severe weather from a powerful storm moving from the Ohio Valley across our area today. 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 severe weather will be possible today and the dominant hazard could be wind gusts up to 70 mph and the potential for isolated tornados. A wind advisory remains in effect as wind gusts can topple trees due to ground saturation from recent rains, causing power outages. Driving may also be difficult especially in high profile vehicles.

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 during power outages such as water, batteries, flashlights, etc. Residents should also survey their property and secure any objects that could become airborne during high winds.

For more information on wind safety, please visit the National Weather Service's website.

High Wind Safety Tips

If you are caught outside during high winds:


  • Take cover next to a building or under a secure shelter.
  • Stand clear of roadways as a gust may blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
  • Watch for flying debris. Tree limbs may break and street signs may come loose during strong winds.

In the event of a downed power line:

  • Report downed lines to your local utility company and 911.
  • Avoid anything that may be touching downed lines, including vehicles or tree branches.
  • If a line falls on your car, stay inside the vehicle. Take care not to touch any part of the metal frame of your vehicle.

If you are driving:

  • Keep both hands on the wheel and slow down.
  • Watch for objects blowing across the roadway and into your path.
  • Keep a safe distance from cars in adjacent lanes, as strong gusts could push a car outside its lane of travel.
  • Take extra care in a high-profile vehicle such as trucks, vans, SUVs, or when towing a trailer, as these are more prone to being pushed or flipped by high wind gusts.
  • If winds are severe enough to prevent safe driving, safely pull over onto the shoulder of the road and stop, making sure you are away from trees or other tall objects that could fall onto your vehicle. 

Telephone Scam Warning

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the community of a telephone scam that is going on around our area.  

A person or persons are calling people in Horry County, identifying themselves as a Deputy with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office.  The caller tells the person they failed to report for jury duty and must pay a fine or a bench warrant will be issued for their immediate arrest. Or, the caller tells the person they are late on a loan payment and must pay immediately or go to jail.  The caller tells the person to go immediately to a bank or Wal-mart money store and send/wire the money for the fine or a Deputy Sheriff will go to their residence and arrest them.  The caller seems believable because the caller may have personal information like the person’s address. The caller will also leave a phone number for the person to call back and when the person call’s back the voicemail message says “Horry County Sheriff’s Office”.  The caller is very persistent and will call sometimes several times a day until he/she speaks to someone on the phone.  

The Horry County Sheriff’s Office does not collect fines for contempt of court, failure to appear in court, or loan payments. Our deputies will also never ask a person to go to a bank or money center and ask someone to wire money for any bond or fine.  Our deputies will never ask for immediate payment with a credit or debit card.  

If you ever have a question about the identity of one of our deputies, please call our main number, 843-915-5450.  Our administrative office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm.       

If you receive one of these calls, please hang up immediately.  Do not send money.   If you have been a victim of this scam and would like to report it, please call Sgt. Sherri Smith at 843-915-8571.  

Horry County Sheriff's Office Scam Alert

Conway, South Carolina-The Horry County Sheriff's Office has been advised by the Horry County Police about a report that their officers have taken recently about a potential scam that someone is using to get money from residents.  An unknown suspect or suspects is calling residents and telling them that they are a Deputy with the Sheriff's Office and that they have a summons that needs to be paid and are asking the victim to give them a credit card number.  What is interesting to note is that the phone number that is coming up when the suspect(s) are calling is the main line from the Sheriff's Office.  We are aware that there are apps that change phone numbers and make a call look like it is coming from another number.  The call is not coming from the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

The Horry County Sheriff's Office will NEVER ask anyone for money over the telephone.  Payments for summons, traffic tickets, etc. are paid at the local magistrate's office and not the Sheriff's Office.  We are unaware if anyone has actually given any money to the suspect(s).  If this type of incident has happened to you, please call the Horry County Police at 843-915-5350 or your local law enforcment.