MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Hurricane Matthew will bring excessive rainfall to parts of the area Friday night and Saturday.
As Hurricane Matthew moves up the coast today and Saturday, periods of heavy rain will overspread the region. The heaviest of the rain is forecast to arrive late Friday night and and become worse through Saturday and Saturday night. Flash flooding will be likely at times from Friday night through Saturday. Neighborhood retention ponds may flood along with creeks, streams, swashes, parking lots, parking decks and many low lying areas. Some roads may be closed and areas of excessive rain could see road failures in isolated spots.
Rain will overspread the area during the day on Friday and turn heavy at times Friday night with the worst arriving Saturday. The heaviest rain is forecast to fall along the coast and across inland Horry, Williamsburg, Marion, and Florence counties where totals will likely reach 8 to as much as 14 inches. Isolated amounts to 15 inches will be possible. Once into the Pee Dee and west of Interstate 95, rain totals will drop off to between 4 and 8 inches. With the ground so wet from recent rainfall, additional heavy rain may lead to flooding problems at times from Friday through Saturday.
A significant flood threat is developing across our area. Take precautions now to prepare the possibility of closed roads and flooding impacts.
River flooding may develop as early as Saturday night. It's too early to determine how high the rivers may rise, but areas near the river need to consider preparing for possible flooding into early next week. See the images for the latest risk of flooding on local rivers.