Horry County moves to ‘alert’ status ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Horry County moves to ‘alert’ status ahead of Hurricane Matthew

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.

Pick up a 2016 Hurricane Guide at any Walgreen's store or download one here. You can find wind safety information here.

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