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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.



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