UPDATE: Flash flood warning now in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday

UPDATE: Flash flood warning now in effect through 8 p.m. Saturday
Area included in flood warning
Area included in flood warning

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning until 8 p.m. Saturday night. Severe flooding is expected in areas and you should be prepared to move to higher ground to act quickly to protect your life. Historic and life threatening flooding is expected.

The flash flood warning is issued for Southwestern Dillon County in Northeastern South Carolina, Northwestern Florence County in Northeastern South Carolina, Eastern Darlington County in Northeastern South Carolina and Southern Marlboro County in Northeastern South Carolina.

At 5:09 p.m., radar indicated heavy rain approaching these areas. Heavy showers will continually move across the areas during the next few hours.

Many of these areas received 5-10 inches of rain Friday night and remain favorable for the development of dangerous flooding.

Some of the areas that could experience flooding include:

Florence, Darlington, Quinby, Florence Darlington Technical College main campus, Bingham, Brownsville, Montclare, Darlington Raceway, Mars Bluff, Mechanicsville, Oak Grove, Society Hill, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, McLeod Regional Medical Center, Carolinas Hospital System Cedar Tower and McLeod Medical Center. This includes: I-20 between mile marker 136 and 141 and I-95 between mile markers 158 and 184. 

The flash flood warning is issued for Southwestern Horry Country in northeastern South Carolina, Southwestern Marion County in Northeastern South Carolina, Williamsburg County in Northeastern South Carolina, Southern Florence County in Northeastern South Carolina and Georgetown County in Northeastern South Carolina.

At 4:10 p.m. Doppler radar indicated additional areas of heavy rain offshore moving towards the coast.

In the last two hours 2 inches of rain fell on top of the 5 to 8 inches of rain that fell last night. Flash flooding potential will increase as these areas move onshore.

Some of the areas that could experience flooding include:

Myrtle Beach, Georgetown, Lake City, Debordieu Colony, Surfside Beach, Kingstree, Pawleys Island, Red Hill, Springmaid Pier, Socastee, Murrells inlet, Yawkey South Island, Garden City, Myrtle Beach Airport, Winyah Bay Entrance, Anderws, Jackson, Johnsonville, Hemingway and Kingsburg. This includes Highway 31 near mile marker 5. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch that can cause severe flooding in several different areas. The flash flood watch is now in effect through Monday evening. Historic and life threatening flooding is expected.

Reports from the NWS: Robeson, Bladen, Columbus, Inlan, Pender-Coastal, Pender-Inland, New Hanover Coastal, New Hanover Inland, Brunswick Coastal, Brunswick, Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg-Inland, Horry-Coastal, Horry-Inland, Georgetown, Coastal Georgetown.

Including the cities of: Lumberton, Elizabethtown, Whiteville, Burgaw, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Southport, Bennetsville, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion, Kingstree, Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Garden City, Andrews, Georgetown, Murrells Inlet.

Southeast North Carolina, Bladen, Coastal Brunswick, Coastal New Hanover, Coastal Pender, Columbus, Inland Brunswick, Inland New Hanover, Inland Pender and Robeson.

In Northeast South Carolina: Coastal Georgetown, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Inland Georgetown, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg, Coastal Horry and Inland Horry.

The National Weather Service said life-threatening flooding is expected across the watch area. Road washout and failures are expected.

Streams and rivers will continue to rise and will leave their banks to flood nearby roads and property structures. Many earthen dams will overflow and/or fail completely. Evacuations may be need in the hardest hit and most flood prone areas. Through Monday evening. After a relative lull today the heavy rain will return Sunday and continue into Monday afternoon. Any flooding that occurs Sunday night will be particularly life threatening since flood dangers are harder to recognize in the dark.

Additional rainfall amounts across the area will commonly range from 6-10 inches in South Carolina, 5-8 inches in the cape fear region, and 3-6 inches over interior Southeast North Carolina through early Monday. Higher localized amounts will occur.

A flash flood means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.

Be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. Never drive through any flooded roadway.

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