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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

Hurricane Matthew Update: Horry County Office to Close Per Governor's Executive Order

Date: October 5, 2016

Time: 8 p.m.

Conway, South Carolina – By executive order of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, all Horry County Government's offices, and all circuit/family and magistrates courts are closed Wednesday, October 5, through Friday, October 7, 2016.

Although county offices were mandated to close, almost 60 to 70 percent of Horry County’s workforce are deemed “essential” employees and will be working to support the Horry County Emergency Operations Center, the potential evacuation of Horry County and the needs of our citizens and local businesses.

Other items of interest:

  • The Myrtle Beach International Airport will remain open. People are encouraged to check with their airlines on flight status throughout the rest of the week and this weekend.
  • The Horry County Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 6, has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Horry County will open its phone bank to assist the public with any questions or concerns regarding Hurricane Matthew on Wednesday, October 5, at 8 a.m. That number is (843) 915-5150.

Horry County Monitors Tropical Storm Julia

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County officials are in discussions with South Carolina Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, and other coastal communities in advance of Tropical Storm Julia.  The Horry County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is NOT active at this time, however Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor changes in the forecast and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

Tropical Storm Julia is anticipated to produce 7-½ inches of rain in our area through early Friday morning.  The system’s most important impact will be the potential for flash flooding.  To mitigate flooding concerns, property owners are encouraged to check and/or clear ditches and storm drains.  In addition, both Horry County Stormwater and Horry County Public Works will have over 15-crews throughout Horry County inspecting and addressing any issues.

Citizens are urged to take the following precautions:

  • If there is a possibility of flash flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Do not walk through moving water.  Three to six inches of moving water can cause you to fall.
  • Do not play in flood waters.  The waters could contain contaminates, debris or other hazardous objects.
  • Pay attention to barricades.  Do not ignore them or go around them.  They are put in place by officials for your safety.
  • Turn around, don’t drown!  Never drive through flooded areas!  Less than six inches of water can cause your vehicle to stall. A foot of water, or less, could cause your vehicle to be swept away!

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


Conway, South Carolina – Horry County has returned to Operating Condition (OPCON) 5 at 8 a.m. this morning with the passing of Tropical Storm Hermine. OPCON 5 means that Horry County is operating under normal conditions.

Overnight there were several issues including trees down (approximately 10 reported in the western parts of the county) and flooding of streets along the coast and some inland. Roads should be open and passable this morning, although a couple of road washouts were reported in Murrells Inlet area. No structural damage was reported.

The Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) will be activated until noon today. Unincorporated residents can call and report any drainage issues or damage to roads. 

Horry County Emergency Management encourages beachgoers to still use caution when swimming in the ocean this weekend as strong rip currents could still be an issue. Swimmers should follow the below safety tips: 

Ocean Safety Checklist

  • Be honest about your swimming ability. The ocean is not a swimming pool.
  • Never turn your back on the ocean. Being hit by a wave while you’re not watching can cause serious injury.
  • Never take your eye off children in the water, no matter how calm the ocean.
  • If you need help, shout “HELP” (and not a family member’s name) or wave an arm to get attention.
  • A current can pull you away in waist high water.
  • If you get caught in a current, do not struggle against it. Rip currents are usually narrow, so calmly swim perpendicular to the current direction to get out of it. 
  • Too many rules to remember? Then remember just one…..SWIM IN FRONT OF LIFE GUARDS!


Conway, South Carolina – Due to localized impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine, Horry County will activate its Road & Drainage Hotline (843-381-8000) tonight until 7 p.m. and on Saturday, September 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. This number is available to citizens in the unincorporated areas of the county to report any drainage issues or road damage.

The Road & Drainage Hotline is normally activated Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Horry County Stormwater and Public Works crews will be in the field as necessary, making sure drainage systems are open and flowing. If citizens need assistance after the hotline closes, they can call the non-emergency number at the Horry County Dispatch Center at (843) 248-1520.