Horry County begins assessing damage from Hurricane Matthew

Horry County begins assessing damage from Hurricane Matthew

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Assessment teams began checking the damage left in Horry County by Hurricane Matthew at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, according to a news release from the county.

The evacuation orders are still in place, as Governor Nikki Haley is the only one who can rescind these orders, and she has not yet done so, the release states.

As of Sunday morning, over 131 roads around Horry County are still close and/or impassable. There are widespread reports of downed power lines and trees. Horry County officials are strongly encouraging residents to stay off the roads. Citizens are reminded to never drive around barricades, barrels, or road closed signs, and never drive through standing water.

While Myrtle Beach International Airport has reported that they are back open today, travelers should still check the status of their flights. Click here to see flight status on the airport's website.

There continues to be widespread power outages throughout Horry County - over 91,000 Santee Cooper customers are without power in the county, and as of the last available update, over 70,000 Horry Electric customers were without power. Click here for details, and information on how to report an outage. It is estimated by Horry County officials that it will take several days to fully restore electrical services throughout the county.

"The Horry County Emergency Operations Center Phone Bank lines are temporarily down and should be operational shortly," according to the release. County officials say only to call 911 for life safety emergencies.

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