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Tropical Depression Irma Update: Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

Date: 12 September 2017

Time: 8 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, which is normal operating conditions, as of 8 a.m. this morning. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not open however Horry Emergency Management is available for questions, concerns, etc.

Beachgoers should heed the advice of lifeguards as the threat of rip currents may continue throughout the next couple of days.

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

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.


Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Date: 28 August 2017

Time: 8 a.m.

Potential Tropical Cyclone 10 Update:

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has moved to a Level 4 Operating Condition (OPCON 4) as of 8 a.m. this morning in preparation for potential tropical cyclone 10.  OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “alert” status, which means county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, coastal communities including local municipalities, and will continue to monitor the situation closely. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not activated 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. 

In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, the National Weather Service issued a tropical storm watch for all of coastal South Carolina.  A tropical storm watch means that hazardous weather is likely in the warning area within the next 48-hours. 

Horry County may see winds to 35 miles per hour as the system moves by with rainfall amounts of three to six inches or more possible. Citizens are reminded to never drive through moving water, to avoid flooded areas and to report any downed power lines to the utility company. 

Citizens should also have their family hurricane plans in place; including items that may be needed like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.  Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County’s website at

Horry County Returns to OPCON 5

April 6, 2017 

8 a.m. 

Severe Weather Update: 

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County returns to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5, normal operating condition, as of this morning. At this time, no significant issues were reported overnight. 

Horry County Remains at OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County remains at Operating Condition (OPCON) level 4, which means that flooding still poses a threat to Horry County.  Area rivers and waterways continue to recede and Horry County Emergency Management is transitioning into recovery efforts to assist those who have immediate and future needs. 

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is operational Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Horry County Emergency Management (843-915-5150) is available during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) for questions, concerns, needs etc...  The Horry County Police and Sheriff’s Office continue to staff 24-hour security checkpoints and provide boat patrols along the flooded areas.
The shelter located at the James R. Frazier Community Center in Bucksport remains open with 23 registered evacuees and the shelter at the Church of Christ Grand Strand is on standby if needed. 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Horry County for Individual Assistance, allowing survivors who sustained losses to apply for aid in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Assistance may include money for temporary rental assistance and essential home repairs for primary homes, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help survivors recover from the effects of the disaster. Survivors are encouraged to register online at or by calling 800-621-3362. Disaster assistance applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 800-462-7585 (TTY); those who use Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.
Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website.