Grand Strand, Pee Dee areas issue states of emergency ahead of Ian’s impacts

Horry County moves into OPCON 1 operations
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Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 10:59 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2022 at 9:56 AM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Multiple governments within the Grand Strand are declaring states of emergency ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane an.

Horry County announced Wednesday that its state of emergency is set to go into effect at 9 a.m. Thursday. It will remain in effect for 60 days unless ended sooner.

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The county moved into OPCON1 operations early Friday, meaning it is now at full alert to address Ian’s impacts. The Horry County Emergency Operations Center is now partially activated. The Horry County Emergency Phone Bank has also been activated and can be reached at (843)-915-5000.

The City of Georgetown also issued a state of emergency late Thursday, with the Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center also operating at OPCON1 status.

As of around 10 a.m., however, Georgetown County stated that its disaster call center is experiencing outages. Officials said they are working to fix the problem.

The City of North Myrtle Beach also voted to enact its own state of emergency during an emergency city council meeting Wednesday. That order is currently in effect with the city operating at OPCON1.

The City of Conway declared its state of emergency following a city council meeting on Thursday. Conway officials are also operating under OPCON2, with the city’s emergency operations center partially activated. It is expected to be fully activated by Friday.

In North Carolina, Scotland County issued its own emergency order Thursday. No countywide curfews are in effect, according to officials.

County officials said discussions are already underway with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division, coastal communities including local municipalities as they continue to monitor the situation closely.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.