HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Area governments have moved to Operation Condition Level (OPCON) 4 in preparation for Hurricane Hermine.
Both Horry and Georgetown counties moved to OPCON 4 status at 3 p.m., Thursday, according to press releases.
The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is not active as of 6 p.m., Thursday, the release stated. 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.
According to a release, the Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center is at partial activation, with emergency staff monitoring the situation and reviewing operational plans. The county's automated emergency information hotline has also been activated at (843) 545-3900. Staff will continue to keep the public update as the situation evolves.
Maximum wind gusts throughout Horry County could range from 50 to 53 mph on Friday, and rainfall amounts throughout are estimated at 5 to 7 inches, the press release stated.
Tidal flooding in the low lying coastal areas along Cherry Grove and Garden City Beach could become an issue Friday evening as high tide will be at 9 p.m.
A flash flood watch is in effect through Saturday morning and it is predicted that Georgetown County could receive 4 to 7 inches of rainfall, according to a release. Conditions will create dangerous rip currents into Saturday morning.
"We are leaning forward and following this storm, and we encourage people in South Carolina to do the same," said Kim Stenson, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. "Personal preparedness, personal plans and awareness are very important in a situation such as this."
According to a press release, the SCEMD is also operating at OPCON 4.