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GALLERY: High tide during Irma brings coastal SC flooding

Street flooding in Cherry Grove around high tide. (Patrick Vattelana)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - The afternoon high tide on Monday, as Tropical Storm Irma began to hit the region, brought coastal flooding to some areas.


The Pawleys Island Police Department says it has closed the causeways and a few homes have had to be evacuated. Georgetown County opened up an emergency shelter around the same time.

As the First Warning Weather Team said,

With a stiff wind off the ocean, some coastal flooding is possible in the typical areas of Cherry Grove, Garden City, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island around high tides today (11:56 a.m.) and tomorrow (12:29 a.m.)

Some streets in flood-prone Garden City were full of water almost an hour before high tide.

The tide was also impacting the coast of Litchfield Beach.

And in Myrtle Beach, the ocean looked just plain "unfriendly."

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