Shelters will open in Horry County as Hurricane Florence approaches now that Gov. Henry McMaster has issued a mandatory evacuation order.
During shelter operations, Horry County schools will provide thousands of people with public shelter. The shelters will open at noon Tuesday.
Here are zone A shelters in Horry County:
- Aynor Middle School, 400 Frye Road, Galivants Ferry
- Conway High School, 2301 Church St., Conway
- Loris High School, 301 Loris Lions Road, Loris
- North Myrtle Beach High School, 3705 Sea Mountain Hwy., Little River
- Palmetto Bay Elementary School, 8900 Hwy. 544, Myrtle Beach
- Whittemore Park Middle School, 1808 Rhue St., Conway
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Alcohol, illegal drugs and weapons are not allowed in shelters, according to the American Red Cross.
Click here for more information on what you can and can’t bring to a shelter.
Hurricane Florence is now at a Category 4. It moved to a Category 3 on Monday morning and then to a 4 just an hour later. The storm is moving west about 9 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Life-threatening impact risks are increasing as Florence moves toward the Carolinas, the NHC reports.
Florence is forecasted to be near a Category 4 when it makes landfall between Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
The city of Myrtle Beach is using Hyper-Reach, a tool to instantly communicate with residents, for emergency communication. City residents can sign up to receive information about special events or emergency situations.
Horry County Fire Rescue officials are working a phone bank. Anyone with questions can call 843-915-5150.
Do you know your zone? Here is information about the three zones.
Call the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control at 843-915-8804 for information about special medical needs shelters.
Information about other shelters is also available through the Horry County American Red Cross at 843-477-0020.
Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong