CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County officials announced Sunday morning the county moved to OPCON 4, or "alert" status, in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.
According to a news release, the status went into effect at 8 a.m. and means county officials have begun discussions with other coastal communities, South Carolina Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
Officials with the SC Emergency Management Division said in a news release even if Matthew remains at sea, the state's coast could see tropical storm-force winds and flooding.
"It's too soon to rule out any possibilities," said SCEMD Director Kim Stenson. "Hurricane Matthew has quickly strengthened into a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm's way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time. While we hope we never see a hurricane head our way, we all need prepare for the possible effects."
Horry County will monitor the storm, review operational plans and keep the public informed.