MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — In anticipation of Hurricane Florence making landfall along the Grand Strand, Horry County, the City of Conway and the City of Myrtle Beach have declared a state of emergency effective immediately.
Mayor Bethune and city leaders will continue to meet with the Myrtle Beach Emergency Management Director throughout the week, gaining a better understanding of where the storm is headed, but despite the uncertainty Bethune urges residents as well as visitors to take this storm seriously.
"Now is the time to prepare," said Mayor Brenda Bethune. Mayor Bethune urged residents to take time now to prepare, as Myrtle Beach will feel effects from Hurricane Florence. She advised residents to be ready to evacuate if that order is given.
For the city of Myrtle Beach they are taking every possibility into account and assure residents there is a plan in place with safety as the top priority.
This weekend both grocery stores and gas stations remain busy as people prepare for the uncertain impact of hurricane Florence.
Mayor Bethune also speaking out to vacationers, recommending they too have a plan in place.
"If you are vacationing here in Myrtle Beach we do apologize for the storm ruining your vacation, but we do encourage you to take it as seriously as you would as if you were a resident here," said Bethune.
Myrtle Beach Emergency Management Director, Bruce Arnel said when and if the time comes, don't wait.
"Take the time today and tomorrow to have a plan and prepare to evacuate if the order is given and on that note if the order is given don't hang around," said Arnel.
The declaration will remain in effect for sixty (60) days unless sooner terminated by resolution by County Council.
It is still unclear as to if or when the city will call for an evacuation.
In the meantime, Mayor Bethune is reminding everyone to figure out which evacuation zone they live in.