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Hurricane Matthew Update for October 8, 2016 @ 12 p.m.

 Date: October 9, 2016

Time: 12 p.m.

Hurricane Matthew Update:

  • Properties along the Waccamaw River & Intracoastal Waterway are asked to monitor river levels closely as they are rising fast.  The rivers are currently at major flood stage and could continue to rise.  Flooding will be similar to the October 2015 floods.  Residents in these areas should prepare now if they plan on evacuating their property. For information or assistance, citizens in the City of Conway can call 843-488-7664 and Horry County residents should call 843-915-5150.
  • All Horry County Solid Waste Authority offices and recycling centers will be closed today.  Those that are safely able to open will do so during their normal hours tomorrow.
  • The curfew for unincorporated Horry County remains in effect from this evening at 6 p.m. until tomorrow morning (October 10) at 6 a.m.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank is functioning as normal.
  • The Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for this week has been postponed until October 17 and the Board of Registration & Elections meeting has been cancelled.
  • All Horry County Circuit Court jurors for the week of October 10, 2016, are excused.
  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • As of 12 p.m. this morning there are 468 in area shelters.
  • 123+ roads closed and/or impassable.
  • Travelers should check with their airlines for current flight status.
  • There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County.  Utility crews are working to restore power as quickly as is safely possible.  It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.
  • There are still widespread reports of downed powerlines and trees.  Horry County officials are strongly encouraging people to stay off the roads.
  • Due to widespread flooding, citizens are reminded to NEVER drive around barricades/barrels/road closed signs, and to NEVER drive through standing water.  
  • Citizens are encouraged to only call 911 for life safety emergencies.

 Horry County Emergency Management can be reached at 843-915-5150 and can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.


With the last burst of strong winds passing through our area, Horry County has experienced MAJOR county-wide power outages…Santee Cooper currently has over 40% of their customers without power and Horry Electric Cooperative has 90% without power. It is estimated that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.

In addition, Horry County has major thoroughfares that are impassable due to flooding and/or numerous downed trees including:

  • Hwy 501
  • Hwy 378
  • Hwy 90
  • Hwy 905
  • Hwy 9
  • Hwy 701

With over one hundred roads impassable throughout the county, public safety officials are pleading with the public to STAY OFF THE ROADS!!!  For the safety of our citizens and our public safety personnel, Horry County has instituted a curfew (for the unincorporated areas of the county) from 6 p.m. this evening until 6 a.m. Sunday morning and again Sunday, October 9 from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. (Monday morning).

  • When you see downed lines, stay away from them and report them to your utility provider.
  • Lines do not have to be sparking to be live.  
  • Any utility wire, including phone or cable lines, sagging or down, could be in contact with an energized power line making them very dangerous.
  • Tree limbs or debris can hid an electrical hazard.  
  • Down power lines can energize items such as chain link fences and metal culverts.
  • Avoid walking around at night when you will not be able to see downed lines.

To report a downed line or power outage:

Santee Cooper


Will need name on the account, location of the downed line/outage and a phone number.

Horry Electric


Will need name on the account, location of the downed line/outage and a phone number.

***For both Santee Cooper & Horry Electric, the phone lines will be very busy.  Callers should be patient and keep trying to get through.