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Horry County to Close Offices Thursday and Friday

HURRICANE DORIAN UPDATE

Horry County Government's offices, and all circuit/family and magistrates courts will be closed Thursday, September 5, 2019, and Friday, September 6, 2019. At this time, Horry County Government offices will remain open on a normal operating schedule Wednesday, September 4, 2019. However, staffing may be lighter than usual and we encourage members of the public to call before they travel to the Government and Justice Center to ensure the office they are visiting is open. 

In addition, the Public Safety Committee meeting scheduled to take place next week on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 has been cancelled. 

Between 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 ongoing evacuation of Horry County Zone A 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 Museum and Living History Farm has cancelled all programming through Saturday, September 7, including The Museum Matinee, Cooking Demonstrations at the Farm, Jr. Farmers, Farm Harvest Day, and Lee Brockington: Women of the Waccamaw.
  • The Horry County Phone Bank is operational and can be reached with questions at: 843-915-5150.


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 www.horrycounty.org.



Horry County Moves to OPCON 4

Conway, South Carolina – At 3 p.m. Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Tropical Storm Hermine.  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 and review all operational plans.  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 and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.

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 through early Saturday morning. 

The current forecast track has Tropical Storm Hermine moving slower and shifting back to the east. The storm is still forecast to make its closest approach to our coast late Friday afternoon and early evening. Winds and rainfall amounts are forecast to begin increasing Friday morning and decrease by late Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Maximum wind gusts throughout the county could range from 50-53 mph on Friday and rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are estimated at 5-7 inches. 

Tidal flooding in the low lying coastal areas along Cherry Grove and Garden City Beach could become an issue Friday evening as high tide will be at 9 p.m. 

There will be a high potential for rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the below ocean safety checklist:

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!

On Friday, motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur. 

Additional driving tips include:

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • 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.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • 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.

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing on Friday. 

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

 

 



Horry County Continues to Monitor Tropical Storm Hermine

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Emergency Management will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Hermine throughout the weekend and keep the public aware of any changes in the forecast.

A Tropical Storm Warning is now 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 through early Saturday morning.

The current forecast track has Tropical Storm Hermine moving slower and shifting back to the east. The storm is still forecast to make its closest approach to our coast late Friday afternoon and early evening. Winds and rainfall amounts are forecast to begin increasing Friday morning and decrease by late Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Maximum wind gusts throughout the county could range from 50-53 mph on Friday and rainfall amounts throughout Horry County are estimated at 5-7 inches.

Tidal flooding in the low lying coastal areas along Cherry Grove and Garden City Beach could become an issue Friday evening as high tide will be at 9 p.m.

There will be a high potential for rip currents along our beaches throughout the weekend. Beachgoers are encouraged to follow the below ocean safety checklist:

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!

On Friday, motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur.

  • Additional driving tips include:
  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • 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.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • 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.

Coastal residents and property owners are especially encouraged to begin securing outdoor furniture, garbage cans, etc. as winds will start increasing on Friday.

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.



Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Horry County

Date: May 27, 2016

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Tropical Depression #2 Update

Conway, South Carolina –In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from Tropical Depression #2, the National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning this evening for parts of the southeastern coast to include Horry County.  A tropical storm warning means that conditions are expected somewhere within the specific coastal area within 36 hours.

Emergency management officials urge citizens and our many visitors who are here for the Memorial Day weekend to have their preparations in place. This particular storm is anticipated to bring between 2-4 inches of rain over the next several days, but winds will remain low. Motorists and urged to use extreme caution when traveling as roads will be slick and ponding could occur.

Additional driving tips include:

  • First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
  • 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.
  • Drive in the tracks of a car ahead of you.
  • 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.

Additional information can be found on Horry County’s website.



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