Friday, July 4 2014 1:13 AM EDT2014-07-04 05:13:34 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF/RNN) – A tropical storm warning has been issued for Horry and Georgetown counties. The National Hurricane Center issued the alert Wednesday just before 5 p.m. Winds are currentlyMore >>
Arthur has made landfall near Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The storm steamed just east of the Cape Fear Region Thursday afternoon and evening. More >>
WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is keeping a close eye on the conditions of Tropical Storm Arthur.
Arthur is off the east coast of Florida and FEMA is partnering with emergency management in states that could potentially be at risk.
FEMA urges residents of states who could be affected by the storm to prepare and take necessary steps to remain safe in the event of harsh weather conditions. Everyone is encouraged to follow the directions of their state, tribal and local officials. FEMA has elected representatives to the emergency operations centers in North Carolina and South Carolina. An Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) will travel to North Carolina to coordinate with local officials, just in case assistance is needed. FEMA is in contact with its emergency management partners in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS) officials are on alert to provide secure and non-secure voice, video and information services in support of emergency response communications. According to the National Weather Service, "A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for South Carolina from the Little River Inlet to the South Santee River."
Tropical Storm Arthur serves as a reminder to tropical storm prone areas to update emergency kits and review family emergency plans.
The following are tips to ensure safety in the event of a tropical storm in your area:
Safety and Preparedness Tips
• As the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Arthur serves as a reminder for residents in areas prone to tropical storms and hurricanes to refresh their emergency kits and review family plans. If you do not have an emergency kit or family plan, or to learn about steps you can take now to prepare your family for severe weather, visit www.ready.gov.
• Residents and visitors in potentially affected areas should be familiar with evacuation routes, have a communications plan, keep a battery-powered radio handy and have a plan for their pets. Individuals should visit ready.gov or listo.gov to learn these and other preparedness tips for tropical storms.
• Know your evacuation zone and be sure to follow the direction of state, tribal and local officials if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
• Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane. It poses a significant threat for drowning and can occur before, during, or after the center of a storm passes through an area. Storm surge can sometimes cut off evacuation routes, so do not delay leaving if an evacuation is ordered for your area.
• Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
• If you encounter flood waters, remember – turn around, don't drown.
• Tropical Storms have the potential for tornado formation. If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
• Get to know the terms that are used to identify severe weather and discuss with your family what to do if a watch or warning is issued.
For a Hurricane:
• A Hurricane Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 74 MPH poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
• A Hurricane Warning is issued when sustained winds of 74 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less. A hurricane warning can remain in effect when dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves continue, even though winds may be less than hurricane force.
For a Tropical Storm:
• A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when tropical cyclone containing winds of at least 39 MPH or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours.
• A Tropical Storm Warning is issued when sustained winds of 39 MPH or higher associated with a tropical cyclone are expected in 36 hours or less.
For coastal flooding:
• A Coastal Flood Watch is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is possible.
• A Coastal Flood Warning is issued when moderate to major coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
• A Coastal Flood Advisory is issued when minor or nuisance coastal flooding is occurring or imminent.
• More safety tips on hurricanes and tropical storms can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:17 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:17:36 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Construction for an ocean outfall project is set to begin Tuesday. Areas of Myrtle Beach ocean water is under advisory because of the high levels of bacteria. The ocean outfallMore >>
Construction for an ocean outfall project is set to begin Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-09-02 11:15:26 GMT
MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF)-Restaurants along the Murrells Inlet Waterfront prepare for the off-season after Labor Day Weekend. Local restaurants admit to having a love-hate relationship with Labor Day. Wahoo'sMore >>
Restaurants along the Murrells Inlet Waterfront prepare for the off-season after Labor Day Weekend.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:45:07 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are headed to the postseason after earning a walkoff win on the final day of the regular season thanks to Luis Mendez's single in the bottom of theMore >>
After winning on a walkoff in the final day of the season, the birds will spend all week at Ticketreturn.com Field.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:00 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:00:35 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Tilted Kilt restaurant, located at Broadway at the Beach, is scheduled to close. The last day of business will be September 30, General Manager Beth Sansone confirmed. BurroughsMore >>
Tilted Kilt restaurant, located at Broadway at the Beach, is scheduled to close.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:02:51 GMT
(WMBF) - Several emergency responders and service workers got a surprise when members from the Myrtle Beach area and Florence area Olive Garden delivered lunch on Labor Day. Crews from the North MyrtleMore >>
Several emergency responders and service workers got a surprise when members from the Myrtle Beach area and Florence area Olive Garden delivered lunch on Labor Day.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:31:17 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Labor Day weekend is a big moneymaker for the Grand Strand, meaning all the tourists who spent time here over the long weekend put more money back in our pockets. If you driveMore >>
Labor Day weekend is a big moneymaker for the Grand Strand, meaning all the tourists who spent time here over the long weekend put more money back in our pockets. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 4:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:54:23 GMT
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Fall is prime time for locals to enjoy the beaches without all the crowds. But fewer lifeguards means there won't be as many sets of eyes to watch and keep your family safe. ThisMore >>
Fall is prime time for locals to enjoy the beaches without all the crowds. But fewer lifeguards means there won't be as many sets of eyes to watch and keep your family safe.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:35:29 GMT
Horry County, SC (WMBF) - All around the Grand Strand bags are being packed and cars are being loaded up for the long drive home. Last week's traffic made getting into Myrtle Beach hard enough for some,More >>
All around the Grand Strand, bags are being packed and cars are being loaded up for the long drive home.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:35:15 GMT
BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - A woman was arrested after police say she stabbed a Bennettsville man in the back. Veronica Watson has been charged with aggravated assault, according to Corporal Brigman withMore >>
A woman was arrested after police say she stabbed a Bennettsville man in the back.More >>