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Horry County officials say Hurricane Irma poses a significant threat

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Horry County officials say Hurricane Irma poses a significant threat to the area and, as such, the county will soon move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3.

According to a news release, Horry County will transition to OPCON 3 at 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

County officials say they are in contact with South Carolina Emergency management, community leaders along the coast, and the Governor's office.

The Horry County Emergency Operations Center has not been activated as of 5 p.m. on Sept. 7.

In the event that an evacuation is issued, Horry County officials say it is important to know your zone.

Click here for an interactive Know Your Zone map for Horry County.

  • Zone A: All areas east of U.S. Business 17 (Kings Hwy), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Hwy) and then all areas east of US 17 (Kings Hwy) to the Northern county line.
  • Zone B: All areas south of Hwy 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas east of U.S. 17 Bypass (Mark Garner Hwy) to U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) and all areas east of U.S. 17 (North Kings Hwy) to the northern county line.
  • Zone C: All areas between Hwy 701 and Hwy 544, south of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy 814, plus all areas east of Highway 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to Highway 90 and all areas east of Highway 90 to U.S. 17 to the northern county line.

Mobile homes, campers, and anyone in a flood prone area is encouraged to evacuate for all storms.

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In the event of an evacuation, the following evacuation routes would be implemented:

  • North Myrtle Beach and northward: Evacuees from north of Briarcliffe Acres will take SC 9 north to I-95 and beyond.
  • Briarcliffe Acres south to Myrtle Beach 10th Avenue North: Evacuees in Briarcliffe Acres south to 10th Avenue North will take SC 22 (Conway Bypass) to US 501 to Marion. In Marion, they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach, from 10th Avenue North south to the Myrtle Beach International Airport: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach area south of 10th Avenue North and north of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will take US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Myrtle Beach International Airport southward through Surfside Beach: Evacuees from the Myrtle Beach International Airport south through Surfside Beach will take SC 544 to US 501 to Conway. They may then take US 378 to Columbia or continue on US 501 to Marion. In Marion they may then take US 76 to Florence to access I-95 southbound or they may stay on US 501 to SC 38 to access I-95 northbound.
  • Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay: Evacuees from Garden City Beach south to Winyah Bay will take US 17 south through Georgetown. They will then take US 521 to SC 261 to US 378 to Columbia. Alternatively, they may take US 17 south to US 701 in Georgetown to SC 51 to US 378 at Kingsburg.

If an evacuation order is given, the following Horry County schools will be opened as American Red Cross Shelters:

  • Aynor Middle, 400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
  • Conway High School, 2301 Church Street, Conway
  • Loris High, 301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
  • Palmetto Bays Elementary, 8900 Highway 544, Myrtle Beach
  • Whittemore Park Middle, 1808 Rhue Street, Conway

These shelters will not accept guns, alcohol, or animals, officials said.

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