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Myrtle Beach mayor prepares for possible hurricane: 'Now is the time to act'

(Facebook/Myrtle Beach City Government)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - Wednesday night, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes took to Facebook to urge the citizens of Myrtle Beach to be ready in case Hurricane Irma strikes.

In a Facebook video, Rhodes said: "now is the time to act."

"If an evacuation order comes it would take 30 hours to get everyone safely away from the coast. Don't wait until the last minute, plan ahead."

Rhodes said it's important to pay attention to Hurricane Irma now, and the city is doing exactly that.

"First, I want you to know the city of Myrtle Beach is preparing. We've been in conference calls for the state and county emergency management."

Rhodes also mentioned that South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has declared a state of emergency in advance of any potential impacts from Hurricane Irma.

"We may learn more tomorrow about when an evacuation order might come. The city is getting prepared now. We're fueling our generators, we're making plans to protect our vehicles, and making plans for our city staff. Most important, we're alerting the public."

Rhodes advised residents and visitors to prepare an emergency kit, form a communication plan for family members, and make preparations for a possible evacuation.

"It may be several days before things return to normal. We hope not, but now's the time for you to take precautions."

He also said residents and visitors should look to the Myrtle Beach City Government Facebook page for regular updates as the storm approaches.

"When we know information, you will know it."

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