NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The City of North Myrtle Beach moved to OPCON 2 at 9 a.m. today.
There are three OPCON levels from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division:
- OPCON 1 (Full Alert, a Disaster is Occurring or Imminent)
- OPCON 2 (Enhanced Awareness that a disaster or emergency is likely to occur)
- OPCON 3 (Normal Daily Operations)
The most recent information about the impact of Hurricane Ian for the North Myrtle Beach area came from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center shows Ian tracking over the Atlantic and making a second landfall along the Southern SC coast tomorrow as a tropical storm.
Storm surge and tropical flooding in North Myrtle Beach is expected and the threat has been increased. Flash flooding and coastal flooding should be expected along with sustained winds of 30 mph, and wind gusts of 50+ mph. Hazardous beach conditions are expected through Saturday and possibly later. High tides will increase the impact of coastal flooding and erosion. The highest levels will begin on Friday and last through at least Saturday.
The heaviest flooding rains are expected Friday and Friday night; however, conditions could change for the worse.
There is a risk of tornadoes Friday and Friday night. Please make sure to listen for alerts from the NWS weather radio, or other local media outlets.
Tropical storm force winds will begin tonight. Rain totals are still very high at 4-6 inches with some areas receiving more.
The City of North Myrtle Beach will move to OPCON 1 Friday at 9 a.m.
The public can sign up for alerts using the link below:
Below are some helpful links.
South Carolina Emergency Management Division:
National Hurricane Center:
National Hurricane Center (noaa.gov)