Even though Myrtle Beach is out of Hurricane Irma’s path, you can still expect some gusty winds, heavy rain and possible storm surge throughout the next couple of days.
Most of the impacts are expected throughout Monday and into early morning Tuesday before conditions improve during that day, according to a weather briefing from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
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A wind advisory will be in effect from 2 a.m. Monday through midnight Tuesday for Horry and Georgetown counties, weather officials announced.
Strong winds between Irma to the south and high pressure to the north will develop late Sunday night across northeast South Carolina and increase while expanding north through Monday, according to the briefing.
Wind speeds between 25 to 35 mph along with gusts up to 50 mph are expected in our area. The wind is expected to peak Monday from the late morning into the evening before decreasing early Tuesday.
Officials say the winds could easily topple weak or poorly rooted trees, and widely scattered power outages are possible.
Rain and Flooding
More rain and possible flooding is headed our way.
Rainfall will develop Sunday night with the majority of it happening Monday and later that night, with 2 to 4 inches of rain expected across Horry and Georgetown counties, forecasters said.
Rain chances should start to decrease on Tuesday.
The briefing says some flooding is possible, especially near prone low-lying areas such as ditches and retention ponds. A few roads and buildings may become flooded as well.
River flooding is also possible, officials say, but the chances of that happening are low at this time. The Waccamaw River at Conway could reach minor flood stage Wednesday night or Thursday morning, but will depend on the amount of rainfall our area receives.
Expect some big waves and erosion at our beaches.
Forecasters say minor coastal flooding of 1 to 3 inches is possible, especially with each high tide on Monday when the onshore winds will be the strongest.
The onshore winds with high pressure from the north and Irma moving northward across Florida will push water into our coast.
The increase in water levels along with large waves will create beach erosion and flooding of low-lying areas along the coast, especially in areas that were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, according to the briefing.
At high tide Sunday, the waves were coming up to the dunes in Garden City and a handful of houses have also been boarded up.
During high tide on Monday, the waves are expected to be higher with the added storm surge.
A double red flag was issued for Myrtle Beach on Sunday afternoon due to the risk of of rip currents and strong long shore currents, according to a tweet from the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
When double red flags are issued it means the water is closed to the public.
The risk for dangerous rip and surf currents are expected to continue through next week as swells from Hurricane Jose impact our coast.
There’s also a chance of tornadoes.
According to NWS officials, the tornado risk will be greatest Monday across all areas, and the risk will shift into portions of southeast S.C. during Tuesday morning.
The tornado risk is not expected to develop until after 8 a.m. Monday.
The briefing says tropical cyclone tornadoes develop quickly and are often fast moving.