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Hurricane Irma Update: Horry County To Remain At OPCON 4

Date: 8 September 2017

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County remains at Operating Condition 4 (OPCON) this morning however, county staff will continue conversations with state officials. OPCON 4 means that Hurricane Irma still poses a potential threat to Horry County.

Hurricane Irma’s track is still uncertain however citizens should continue to monitor this dangerous system. Citizens should be finishing up preparations today and tomorrow should the storm change track. The following are steps to take to prepare:

  • Survey the property to mitigate any potential for flooding such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.
  • Have their family hurricane plans in place.
  • Have family emergency/hurricane kit ready; including items like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.
  • Monitor reputable weather information such as local media or the National Hurricane Center for the most up to date hurricane information.
  • Be sure vehicles are fueled up and serviced.
  • Know your zone! Go to Horry County’s website to find your zone.
  • If you are in an evacuation zone, know where you will go.
  • Don’t forget to make plans for your pets.

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

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Horry County Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels

OPCON 5: Normal day to day operations

OPCON 4: Storm poses possible threat: The possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).

OPCON 3: Storm poses significant threat: A disaster or emergency situation is likely. Most likely the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been or will be activated (either partially or fully based on the severity of the event).

OPCON 2: Evacuation order imminent: A disaster or emergency situation is imminent or in effect.

OPCON 1: Evacuation order issued: A major disaster or emergency is in effect. This is the highest state of emergency situation and the Emergency Operations Center is fully activated.  This also applies to post disaster operations.



Conway, South Carolina–Horry County Emergency Management will host several town hall meetings for the public on the Know Your Zone hurricane evacuation zones.


Bucksport Area – October 1 at 6:00 p.m. James R. Frazier Community Center, 1370 Bucksport Road, Conway 

There are three hurricane evacuation zones, which incorporates more land mass and requires additional people living in those areas to leave during certain hurricanes based on surge inundation instead of category of storm.  It will be important for every resident to know if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone and what to do when asked to leave. Residents can visit Horry County Emergency Management’s website to view the hurricane evacuation zone maps and related information on how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. 

To Know Your Zone and to learn more about hurricane planning, please visit Horry County Emergency Management online or call 915-5150.