Horry County move to 'OPCON 1'

*UPDATED: Horry County returned to normal operating level, OPCON 5 at Noon on Friday.

Horry County has moved to Operating Condition Level 1(OPCON 1), which puts the county at "Disaster Operations" stage.

This means the county activated its emergency operational plans, which are being managed by Horry County Emergency Management's Command Staff.

An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will NOT be open


but county officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the cleanup process.

Issues throughout the county continue to be downed tree limbs, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Some of the hardest hit locations are Conway, Aynor, Loris and Green Sea. Sporadic power outages continue


and residents should contact their local power provider to report any outages. Drivers are urged to use caution due to tree debris and downed power lines.

The county's priority will remain clearing roads of debris for vehicle access, stabilizing the county road network, and removing vegetative debris from the county-maintained public right-of-ways.