Hurricane Dorian continues churning toward the East Coast, but the storm’s exact path — and its impact on the Grand Stand — remains uncertain.
Officials in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas have been closely monitoring the storm, which is moving over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama through Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Dorian is a Category 5 storm with winds of over 160 miles per hour, but it is expected to slow down and take a northward turn as it approaches the East Coast.
“There is an increasing risk of strong winds and dangerous storm surge along the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week,” according to the Sunday morning forecast from the National Hurricane Center. “Residents in these areas should continue to monitor the progress of Dorian.”
The NHC said the storm could also produce heavy rains and flash floods later this week.
On Saturday, Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency and encouraged local residents to monitor the storm and make preparations in case the storm shifts toward South Carolina. McMaster’s executive order authorized all state agencies to coordinate resources.
On Sunday morning, local officials announced that they had begun implementing emergency plans.
Horry County officials said locals should begin making the following preparations:
• Survey property to make sure storm drains and gutters are clear.
• Make sure emergency kits are ready. Essentials include water, batteries, flashlights.
• Follow reports from the National Hurricane Center and local weather forecasts.
• Keep vehicles fueled.
• In case an evacuation is ordered for coastal areas of the county, know which areas would be impacted by checking http://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/EmergencyManagement/Hurricanes/KnowYourZone to find those zones.
• Know where to evacuate if an order is issued.
• Make plans for pets.
“In anticipation of possible effects on Horry County from the tropical system, Horry Emergency Management wants to remind all citizens that waiting for a watch or warning is waiting too long,” a news release from the county said.