Hurricane Matthew’s effects kicked into high gear for the Grand Strand by early afternoon.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, there were 938 people in shelters, according to Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman.
There were also multiple reports of downed trees. Several power lines were knocked down when a large oak tree was reportedly down at 16th Avenue and Sessions Street in Conway, Bourcier said, but there was no reported structural damage after the incident.
Also, all flights at the Myrtle Beach International Airport had been cancelled for the day, Bourcier said. Most flights will resume after 10 a.m. Sunday, and travelers are advised to check with their airline for current flight status.
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So far 96 roads were closed or impassable by 3 p.m. Saturday as the storm raged on, Bourcier said, and U.S. 501 was closed at S.C. 22 and at Millpond Road.
The Surfside Beach pier suffered substantial damage, reports showed. Surfside Beach officials shut down all roads from Dogwood Drive to the ocean.
Springmaid Pier was demolished, and Apache Pier and Second Avenue Pier were also damaged.
Sporadic power outages continue to plague the county as more than 50,000 reportedly suffered power outages as of 3 p.m.
Myrtle Beach, Aynor, and Georgetown County are under overnight curfews.
Bourcier urged citizens to stay off the road, and reminded motorists they should never drive around barricades, barrels, and/or road closure signs. Citizens should also never drive through standing water.