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Horry, Georgetown counties move to OPCON 4

Below is a news release from the Horry County Government:

Conway, South Carolina – At 11 a.m., Horry County will move to Operating Condition Level 4 (OPCON 4) in preparation of Subtropical Storm Ana. 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.

The current forecast has Subtropical Storm Ana moving toward the South Carolina coast early Friday morning. Depending on the angle of approach, the Horry County coastline may experience up to 45-mph winds with some higher gusts possible.

The biggest threats with Subtropical Storm Ana are riptides and high surf, which has prompted swimming and surfing advisories until further notice. Rainfall accumulation is expected to be between two to four inches.

As of 8 a.m. this morning, the Horry County is under a tropical storm watch, which means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area within the next 48-hours.

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.

Below is a news release from the Georgetown County Government:

Georgetown County moves to OPCON 4 in preparation for TS Ana

GEORGETOWN COUNTY — Georgetown County government moved to Operating Condition (OPCON) 4 at 11 a.m. today in preparation for Tropical Storm Ana.OPCON 4 indicates an “alert” status in preparation for a possible threat. The county's Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, is monitoring the situation closely.

The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has not been activated, but Georgetown County will continue to monitor the storm, review operational plans, and keep the public updated.

The first named storm of 2015, Ana is forecast to affect Georgetown County and other parts of South Carolina throughout the weekend with heavy rain, gusty winds and rough surf. People are advised to stay out the ocean and be on the lookout for signs that rip currents may be present. Be aware that public beaches in Georgetown County do not have lifeguards.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. Georgetown County Emergency Management officials recommend families begin making or reviewing existing hurricane plans now and make sure they have appropriate emergency plans on hand.

For updates on the storm situation and more information on getting ready for hurricane season, visit www.gtcounty.org.

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