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Hurricane Matthew Update:Residents Urged to Prepare For Possible Flooding

Date: October 7, 2016

Time: 11 a.m.

Conway, South Carolina- Horry County remains at Operating Condition Level 1 (OPCON 1) in preparation of Hurricane Matthew which means that the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully staffed and evacuations are underway.  County officials are in continual discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities.  Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely and review all operational plans. 

A Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Horry County and a Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for all areas of northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina.

The storm is forecast to make its closest approach to Horry County on Saturday.  Winds and rainfall will begin increasing throughout the day today into late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

Sustained winds of 40-50 mph will pick-up later tonight with gusts over 60 mph. possible.  The strongest winds will occur along the immediate coast over-night tonight through late Saturday/early Sunday. Rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are anticipated to be in excess of 10-12 inches with locally higher amounts possible. This will increase the likelihood of flooding and flash flooding.  Impacts include, impassable roads, road washouts, and flooding of flood prone and low lying areas.

There is a Storm Surge Watch from the South Santee River north to Cape Fear, North Carolina.  Horry County can anticipate 3-6 feet of storm surge along the ocean front, tidal areas/creeks and areas along the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers.

There will be rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend.

Residents are urged to stay off the roads, if possible.  If not, use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding will occur. Drivers are reminded to NEVER DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES/BARRELS!  These are placed in the roadway for your safety.  Also NEVER DRIVE THROUGH WATER!  It only takes a small amount of water to sweep a vehicle away.

All residents are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing throughout the day.

Horry County has a map of road closures on our website, look for the link in the Hurricane Matthew information box.

Residents who experience flooding, can call the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.

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.

Horry County Monitors Strong Cold Front

Conway, South Carolina –The Horry County Emergency Management Department continues to monitor weather conditions as the National Weather Service is expecting a strong cold front to push towards South Carolina today. Rainfall total is expected to reach 1.5 to 2.5 inches by tomorrow evening. This amount of rainfall could create saturated soils and ponding in low lying areas or even minor flooding. General river flooding could be expected in the coming days should widespread rainfall amounts be on the higher side. 

Citizens are encouraged to drive safely during heavy rain conditions that likely could occur this evening. 

  • First and foremost: slow down! 
  • Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
  • Maintain proper following distance (3 Second Rule). This needs to be increased in wet weather.
  • Don't follow large trucks or busses too closely. The spray created by their large tires reduces your vision. Take care when passing them as well; if you must pass, do so quickly and safely.
  • Be more alert when driving in wet or slippery conditions. Watch out for brake lights in front of you.

For more information on current weather conditions, please visit your local media or the National Weather Service.

Horry County Continues to Monitor Weather Conditions

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County will remain at Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) throughout the weekend due to potential flooding from multiple low pressure systems. OPCON 4 puts Horry County on “Alert” status, which means that county officials have begun discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities. 

Horry County will continue to monitor the storm closely over the weekend and will take appropriate action as needed. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to keep the public aware of changes in the forecast.

The current forecast indicates  athat Horry County could receive between five to 10 inches of rain through Monday morning. Horry County could also experience wind gusts of 30-35 MPH over the weekend, which could cause potential downed trees and power lines due to the saturated ground.

The biggest threats to our area are the potential for flash floods and dangerous maritime conditions. All low lying areas, areas prone to flooding, and communities along the Waccamaw River should use extra caution and prepare for potential flooding. An increasing easterly swell and easterly winds will combine with heavy rain to enhance coastal flooding potential. The combination of increasing wave action and water runoff may lead to beach erosion and rip currents will also become elevated beginning this afternoon.

Citizens should stay tuned to local media for updates.  It is also a good time to review family emergency plans, including items that may be needed such as water, batteries, flashlights, etch.  Additional flooding information can be found on Horry County’s official website or you can review FEMA flood maps HERE.

Flood Safety Tips

During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor your local media outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs!

Stay Informed

Monitor local your local media outlets (including NOAA Weather Radio), internet, and social media for information and updates.

Get to Higher Ground

Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground. Move personal belongings that may flood.

Obey Warning and Road Closure Signs

Do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn around! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards (i.e. ditches, sharp objects and debris, washed out roads, electrical wires, etc.). A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve-inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18-inches of water can carry away large vehicles.

Drive with Caution

Flooding will make driving difficult as run-off collects across intersection and low spots. In addition, some small creeks and ditches may quickly get out of their banks and sill across the roadway. The dangers of driving at night poses a higher risk as the hazards become harder to recognize. Please drive with extreme caution!

Avoid Flood Waters

Do not walk through flood waters. It only takes six-inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. Watch out for your pets and bring them inside.

Practice Electrical Safety

Don’t go into any room if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises – get out!