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Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County Continues to Monitor Hurricane Irma

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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Horry County Moves to OPCON 5

Date: 29 August 2017

Time: 8 a.m.

Subtropical Storm 10 Update:

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is normal operating conditions, as of this morning. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center was not opened however Horry Emergency Management is available for questions, concerns, etc. 

Beachgoers should continue to heed the advice of lifeguards as the National Weather Service still lists our area under a moderate rip current risk. This means that beachgoers should swim close to lifeguards and obey the flag warning system. 

Residents in low lying or flood prone areas along the Waccamaw River are advised to monitor the water levels closely as the National Weather Service river forecast has the river peaking at 11’5” on Thursday, August 31, 2017. 

Drivers are cautioned to NEVER DRIVE THROUGH WATER!  It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away. 

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