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      Horry County moves to OPCON 3 in response to winter storm

      Tree across Highway 701 in the Homewood area of Horry County
      Horry County is now at Operating Condition Level 3 as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

      This level puts Horry County on "Standby" status, as county officials continue to monitor storm activity, according to county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier.

      Horry County has activated its operational plans but has not opened its Emergency Operations Center.

      County officials will be monitoring conditions throughout the evening and Thursday, Bourcier said.

      Issues throughout the county are iced trees and tree limbs which are falling, causing roads to be blocked and downed power lines. Sporadic power outages are likely overnight and possibly into tomorrow 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. Drivers should also use caution overnight when traveling over overpasses and on bridges.