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Governor Orders Evacuation of Zone A


September 2, 2019, 9:00 AM 

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has issued an evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties to officially begin at 12 p.m. today, Sept. 2, 2019. This evacuation order is for Horry County Zone A (see Zone information below). Additionally, evacuations include all low-lying areas, mobile homes, and campground sites.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center will open today at 10:00 a.m. in response to the evacuation. Horry County Government will move to OPCON 1 at 12:00 p.m. today to support the evacuation order. The Horry County Phone Bank is now open at 843-915-5150.

The Governor also ordered that schools in Horry County and state government offices close beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2019. County offices will be open tomorrow on a regular operating schedule. 

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, Horry County Emergency Management wants to remind all citizens that waiting for a watch or warning is waiting too long! Begin preparation now by:

  • Surveying your property to mitigate potential flooding, such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris. 
  • Having family hurricane plans in place.
  • Ensuring family emergency/hurricane kits are ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc. 
  • Continually monitoring reputable weather information sources such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
  • Keeping vehicles fueled up and serviced. 
  • Being sure that you Know Your Zone! Go to Horry County’s website at to find your zone.
  • Knowing where you will evacuate if asked to.
  • Making plans for pets.

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

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Evacuation areas for ZONE A include: 

  • All areas east of U.S. Business 17 up to the intersection with US 17
  • All areas east of U.S. 17 to the northern county line


  • North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
  • Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown. They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia. Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

When evacuating, it is important to take a road map. Motorists should be aware that law enforcement and the South Carolina National Guard may be posted along evacuation routes to provide assistance. Evacuation routes and maps are available on Horry County’s office website at .

Know Your Zone Indicator Signs


Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Emergency Management Department will enhance its Know Your Zone campaign initiative by adding evacuation zone signs throughout respective areas of the County.

The signs will be added to existing Horry County street signs in evacuation zone areas, located within unincorporated areas of Horry County.

The signs indicate evacuation zones A, B and C by color with red representing Zone A, the color yellow representing Zone B and the color orange representing Zone C. The indicators measure approximately 9 inches by 9 inches.

The multi-year project will involve distribution of the evacuation zone signs in phases. The first phase will focus on transition sections between evacuation zone areas.

Following Hurricane Matthew, Horry County residents requested clarification of evacuation zone areas. The fixed signage will indicate evacuation zone areas for citizens who reside and work in the respective sections.

Evacuation Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Highway), up to U.S. 17 intersection and all areas east of U.S. 17 to the Northern county line.

Evacuation Zone B: All areas south of Highway 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas between Highway 17 and Highway 17 Business.

Evacuation Zone C: All areas between Highway 701 and Highway 544, south of Browns Chapel Avenue and Highway 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to the county line.

Know Your Zone is a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of Horry County of the hurricane evacuation zones and the vulnerability to storm surge.

The Know Your Zone campaign was developed as a result of the information contained in the South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study (HES) for the Northern Conglomerate that was released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in 2012. The campaign also reflects the National Hurricane Center’s (NHC) decision to separate the association of storm surge inundation from the category of storm.

For information on evacuation, reentry, storm preparation and more, visit Horry County Emergency Management online.

For more information on the Know Your Zone campaign initiative, click HERE.



Hurricane Matthew Update: Evacuation Order Lifted

Date: October 10, 2016

Time: 8 a.m.


Conway, South Carolina – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has just lifted the evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties.  Residents and businesses will have unrestricted access in Zone A but some areas may be cordoned off due to rescue efforts.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain to OPCON 1, to support the current riverine flooding.

All shelters, except shelter at Beach Church (for citizens who are experiencing flooding) will close as of 8 a.m. this morning.  Evacuees who had utilized the Coast RTA to get to the shelters will be taken back to their point of origin.

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2016, initial damage assessments in the unincorporated areas of Horry County include 251 structures, mainly residential properties.  These structures sustained minor damage, which is estimated at $7.9 million.  Damage assessments will continue throughout this week.

For more information, call Horry County Emergency Management at 843-915-5150 or visit Horry County’s website at Horry County Emergency Management can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter

Hurricane Matthew Update As of October 9, 2016 @ 8 a.m.

Date: October 9, 2016
Time: 8 a.m.

  • Horry County damage assessment teams began at 8 a.m. this morning.
  • The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank lines are temporarily down and should be operational shortly.
  • The Governor is the only one who can rescind evacuation orders and has not yet done so.
  • 131+ 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 also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.