HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -- Horry County officials say the county will remain at OPCON 4, or Level 4 Operation Condition, Friday morning in preparation for Hurricane Irma. Officials say OPCON 4 means the storm poses a potential threat to the county.
The latest forecast has pushed Hurricane Irma west, which is a much more optimistic outcome for our region, but we're still 3 to 4 days from potential impacts from our area.
Horry County reminds residents of the following information:
Should mandatory evacuation order be issued, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation zones as follows:
Mobile homes, campers and those in flood prone areas are asked to evacuate for all storms.
Horry County evacuates for storm surge and not for wind.
Prior to any evacuation orders, it is important that residents are familiar with the evacuation route that they will take:
North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown. They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia. Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.
Residents that reside in Evacuation Zone C should utilize the closest available evacuation route to safely evacuate the area.
Whether required to evacuate or not, citizens should:
Have all necessary medications (prescription and over the counter).
Have a supply of nonperishable food and water for each family member including pets.
Survey property to mitigate the potential of flooding such as making sure storm drains and gutters are clear of debris.
Have family hurricane plans in place; including items that may be needed like water, batteries, flashlights, etc.
Anticipate potential power outages that could extend for several days.
If an evacuation order is given, the following schools will be opened as American Red Cross Shelters:
Aynor Middle-400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
Conway High School, 2301 Church Street, Conway
Loris High-301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
Palmetto Bays Elementary, 8900 Highway 544, Myrtle Beach
Whittemore Park Middle-1808 Rhue Street
Shelters should be considered as a place of last resort to ride out the storm, shelters may be crowded, they do not accept pets and not designed for comfort. When going to a shelter, citizens will need to take their own supplies such as batteries, bedding, identification, toiletries, clothing, etc…Shelters do not accept guns, alcohol or animals. To easily locate a shelter, download the free American Red Cross Shelter Finder application on the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.
Additional hurricane information can be found on Horry County's website at http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes. This link contains information on how to prepare for an emergency, evacuation routes and maps, re-entry information, shelters, etc.
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Horry County Operating Condition (OPCON) Levels
OPCON 5: Normal day to day operations
OPCON 4: Storm poses possible threat: The possibility of an emergency or disaster situation that may require activation of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
OPCON 3: Storm poses significant threat: A disaster or emergency situation is likely. Most likely the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) has been or will be activated (either partially or fully based on the severity of the event).
OPCON 2: Evacuation order imminent: A disaster or emergency situation is imminent or in effect.