Myrtle Beach mayor signs emergency declaration ahead of Matthew

Myrtle Beach mayor signs emergency declaration ahead of Matthew

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes signed a civil emergency declaration as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Matthew impacting the Grand Strand.

According to a press release, in accordance with Gov. Nikki Haley's order, the area to be evacuated is Zone A, which is east of Kings Highway.

"The mayor of the city of Myrtle Beach hereby calls upon all citizens and visitors to evacuate immediately," the emergency declaration stated. "Failure to comply may result in injury or death, and deteriorating conditions may prevent communications and response regarding police protection, fire suppression and medical first responders. Those who remain assume the risk of injury or death."

The emergency order gives the city manager the authority to take certain actions, if needed, during the emergency, according to the press release.  Once the order is in place, city council must act to rescind it.

Barring any significant damage from the storm or need for long-term recovery, an item will be on Tuesday's City Council agenda to cancel the emergency order.

Read the full declaration below:

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