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Coastal flooding impacting North Myrtle Beach, Garden City

Image of a flooded road in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach. Source: Jonathan Dick Image of a flooded road in the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach. Source: Jonathan Dick
Image of a nearly-submerged Goat Island near Garden City. Image of a nearly-submerged Goat Island near Garden City.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The high tide is causing significant flooding issues in North Myrtle Beach and in parts of the south strand, including Garden City, according to reports from officials and viewers.

North Myrtle Beach officials say to avoid roadways in the Cherry Grove Beach area for the next few hours Wednesday morning due to high tide conditions. Some roads are closed and will require a detour until conditions improve.

The WMBF News Skycam at Wahoo’s Fish House shows a high tide that is almost engulfing nearby Goat Island. Chief Meteorologist Jamie Arnold and several viewers are also reporting several streets in the Garden City area are washed out with high tide waters.

The National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

The nearly full moon will keep tide levels above normal through the end of the week with the highest tides, sometimes called 'Spring Tides', occurring tonight and again on Wednesday.  Northeast winds tonight, and a strong onshore, southerly wind early Wednesday will produce tide levels up to 2 to 3 feet above normal.

The situation will be made worse by the fact that local beaches are still heavily eroded from October's high tide and flooding. In many areas, the beach is much smaller, and dunes have been damaged,  meaning erosion and ocean overwash will be worse than what typically occurs.

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