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August 30, 2023

Hurricane Idalia Cone Map - 8-30-2023Horry and Georgetown counties are under tropical storm warnings as well as high surf advisories and coastal flood warnings in advance of Hurricane Idalia.

The storm, which made landfall in western Florida as a major hurricane, is expected to be at tropical storm strength as it moves toward coast of South Carolina.

On Tuesday, Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, allowing the state to begin preparations for potential impacts.

The Forecast

The latest briefing from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. forecasts the storm affecting the Grand Strand beginning Wednesday evening and continuing into Thursday.

Sustained winds of 35-45 mph and gusts up to 60 mph are expected along the coast for Horry and Georgetown counties. Inland areas should expect sustained winds of 25-35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.

Low impacts from storm surge are possible, particularly during high tide Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The NWS says heavy rain is expected and flash flooding is likely, with risks increasing for inland areas where 8-10 inches of rain is possible. The coastal areas are expected 3-6 inches of rain.

Before the Storm

Our resource center includes action items to take ahead of a storm. You can sign up for emergency alerts for both Horry County and the City of Myrtle Beach.

Horry County offers emergency alerts through CodeRED. You may register multiple addresses or phone numbers allowing you to receive alerts for both your home and workplace. Sign up for CodeRED.

The City of Myrtle Beach utilizes Regroup to send emergency notifications during city-wide emergencies such as hurricanes. Sign up for Regroup.

After the Storm

The chamber offices are closing at 2 p.m. Wednesday and expect to reopen for normal busines hours Thursday.

When the storm passes and you've assessed your business, please fill out this quick form to let us know if you have any damage, if you will be closed, or if you are able to return to normal operations. This will help us best assist you.

Post Storm Survey

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