Horry and Georgetown county officials are tracking Tropical Storm Julia as rain bands sweep through the areas, making for a wet week.
The storm was initially tracked as a tropical disturbance, but quickly became a full-fledged tropical storm. Julia made landfall close to Jacksonville, Florida Tuesday night, weather authorities said.
Julia was slowly headed north up the Georgia coast after hitting Florida and was near Savannah, Ga., Wednesday afternoon, weather officials said.
The storm is projected to bring 3 to 5 inches of rainfall through Saturday evening, with higher amounts possible for portions of the South Carolina coastal area, according to Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
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“Potential impacts in the areas that receive the higher rainfall amounts include flooding across poor drainage areas, low spots along roadways, and vulnerable locations near streams and creeks,” said Pfaff, in a briefing.
Winds are not expected to be an issue, but rougher surf will be brewing at the beaches and a moderate rip current risk is projected.
To alleviate flood concerns, property owners are encouraged to check and/or clear ditches and storm drains, Horry County officials said.
The county will have more than 15 crews inspecting and addressing issues, according to a press release.
Both Horry and Georgetown county officials cautioned residents that flash flooding is possible. Neither county had activated emergency operations centers by Wednesday afternoon, but emergency officials for each area are monitoring the system and will make changes as needed, according to officials.
The storm is expected to weaken through Friday as it interacts with land, Pfaff said.
Safety tips from Horry, Georgetown county officials are:
• If there is a possibility of flash flooding, move to higher ground.
• Do not walk through moving water. Three to six inches of moving water can cause you to fall down.
• Never play in flood waters. These waters could contain debris or other hazardous objects.
• Pay attention to barricades. Do not ignore them or go around them because they are put in place by officials for your safety.
• Turn around, don’t drown. Never drive through flooded areas. Less than six inches of water can cause your vehicle to stall. A foot of water, or less, could cause your vehicle to be swept away.