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Hurricane force wind gusts possible along the immediate beaches

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)  As Hurricane Matthew makes its closest pass to our area on Saturday, hurricane force winds will be possible along the immediate coast. 

Based on the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center, wind gusts of hurricane force, or 75 mph, will be possible on the immediate beaches of Horry and Georgetown Counties. Remember, that winds increase with height, and gusts to hurricane force will be possible at the tops of the high rises on the beach as well. Minor roof and siding damage, downed trees and powers lines, and minor structural damage is possible with this type of wind.

Elsewhere across the area from just inland to the rest of the Pee Dee, winds of 40 to 60 mph are possible.  Tropical Storm Warnings are now in effect for all areas of the Pee Dee including Florence, Marion, Darlington, and Bennettsville.  Scattered power outages and downed trees are likely. 

The highest winds will start to arrive on the Grand Strand late Friday night and gradually spread inland on Saturday. Tropical storm force wind gusts will be possible in squalls from early Saturday morning and last through early Sunday morning. The time frame of hurricane force gusts on the beaches is most likely from late morning and into the mid afternoon hours.  The long duration of gusty winds will weaken trees, and may lead to more uprooted trees.  

It is advised that you take the steps now to secure lose items around your home and prepare for very strong winds. 
 

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