MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - City and county officials are reporting icy roads, power outages, downed trees and power lines, and dangerous conditions across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee.
Here's a breakdown of some of the damage:
The South Carolina Highway Patrol troop that covers our area is reporting at least nine trees in roadways in Florence, Horry and Georgetown counties. Here's what they were reporting around 11:30 p.m.: http://www.scdps.gov/schp/SCHPWebCad/default.aspx
Florence County Fire Officials say there were downed power lines on Pamplico Highway.
Florence County Emergency Management and the Red Cross have opened an emergency shelter at Lake City High School that will be open until further notice. If you are without power, they ask that you weigh your options to see if driving on these dangerous roads is worth it to get to the shelter.
Major Carlos Raines with Florence Police stressed that you should not be on the roads unless you absolutely have to. There are major intersections on Irby Street and Second Loop Road with no power. There are not enough patrol officers to get out on these streets, so if you must drive, treat these intersections as a four-way stop.
Pawleys Island PD tweeted at 2:25 p.m. that, "Power is out across the island. We don't know when it will be restored."
Horry County Fire Rescue tweeted around that same time that the American Red Cross would open a storm shelter at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Beach Church for anyone affected by storm damage to that would like to stay there.
They later tweeted: Several lines and trees hanging on the roads. This is a serious situation, several are at windshield height and could cause serious injury.
Units were working several trees down and in the road county-wide as of 12 p.m. Wednesday.
WMBF reporter Damon Cutno tweeted at 1:20 p.m. that traffic lights are out at the intersection of Highway 17 Bypass and Holmestown Road.
Power outages appear to be affecting traffic lights - North Myrtle Beach reported that the traffic lights on Robert Edge Parkway by Hwy 31, Hwy 90 and Mt Zion Rd were out, and that Santee Cooper is working on it.
Mullins Fire Rescue tweeted at 12 p.m. Wednesday that numerous power outages are affected city limits, as well as the Gapway, Scotch, Zio, Fork Ratch communities and Highway 41 South and Highway 76 west.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation is reporting major ice patches on Hwy 917 in Marion and snow and slush on I-95 in Florence. SCDOT is also reporting ice patches on State Highway 9 in Horry County, and wet conditions on all other Horry County roads.
SCDOT reports that all state and interstate highways in Florence County have slushy conditions.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol announced a road closure at Cheves Street and Church Street in Florence. All major roads in Dillon county are partially covered in snow and ice.
The four power companies that cover the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are reporting dozens of outages across the area affecting hundreds of customers. For the latest outage information, click here:
Darlington County officials are urging motorists to stay off the roadways entirely:
Florence County has moved to 'OPCON 2' in response to the winter storm, and is monitoring the area for dangerous conditions:
The City of Conway is reporting icy roads, as well as downed trees and power lines:
Stay tuned to WMBF News for the latest on the dangerous winter weather conditions around the area.