A hurricane warning for Horry County went into effect Tuesday as Hurricane Dorian — currently a Category 2 storm — continues its approach, according to the National Weather Service.
The warning means hurricane-force winds are expected somewhere in the area in the next 36 hours. A storm surge warning has also been issued for coastal Horry, meaning there is a danger of life-threatening flooding from rising water moving from the coast inland in that same stretch.
After thrashing parts of the Bahamas, Dorian remained a strong hurricane as of Tuesday afternoon, tracking north off the Florida coast.
It was about 410 miles south of Myrtle Beach with winds of 110 miles per hour at the time of this report, traveling six miles per hour.
The hurricane will make its closest approach to the coastal Carolinas Thursday, and is anticipated to bring strong winds, storm surge inundation, flash flooding, rip currents and severe marine conditions late Wednesday through Thursday night. The greatest impacts will be felt over areas near the coast, the NWS said.
Gov. Henry McMaster issued an evacuation order for coastal South Carolina, which went into effect Monday at noon. The order affected a part of the county known as Zone A, which covers areas east of U.S. 17 Business.
New Watches and Warnings Issued Along the Southeastern United States Coast. Rain and Wind Threat also Increasing For Portions of Virginia Coast and Southern Chesapeake Bay. Here are the 5 PM Tuesday Key Messages for #Dorian. For More Info See: https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/yBpORo5H9O— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) September 3, 2019