Today is the big day to feel the effects from Hurricane Irene for the South Carolina coast. Horry County residents are urged to use caution. Kelly Brosky with Horry County Public Information–
“Basically we would like to ask residents to limit their travel this evening through early Saturday morning as there could be some winds. Basic precautions like removing objects from your yard or deck that could become airborn: patio furniture, things like that that are real light. The big thing is to use extreme caution if they are anywhere near the beaches. We have closed a lot of the sections of the unincorporated beaches. There are rip tides, rough surf,” says Brosky.
The worst of the storm is expected to hit Horry County late tonight into early Saturday morning.
“We’re looking for between one to three inches of rain in the vast majority of the county with localized, maybe a little heavier with three to five inches in some of the northern sections. We’re not really anticipating heavy, heavy rain. We are looking at some possible 40 to 50 mph winds late tonight through early Saturday morning. And, of course, it’s going to be a little rougher on the beach than it would be a little further inland,”
Brosky says there are no evacuations and no reason to “panic”–just be cautious, especially on the beaches.
“I really doubt that anybody is going to be seeing anything much more severe than our typical summer thunderstorm. If they do have any concerns they can always call the Horry County Emergency Management Office. But, everything should be good. We shouldn’t be seeing the worst of the effects of Irene,” says Brosky.
Irene is expected to make landfall in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.
Horry County is under “Alert” status–that’s OPCON 4.