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Not planning on leaving during the storm? Here are some of the closest shelters

Hurricanes Florence, Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac churn in the Atlantic

Three tropical cyclones are churning in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 10, 2018 — Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm; Tropical Storm Isaac, which could become a hurricane; and Hurricane Helene, a Category 2 storm not expected to affect land.
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Three tropical cyclones are churning in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 10, 2018 — Hurricane Florence, a Category 3 storm; Tropical Storm Isaac, which could become a hurricane; and Hurricane Helene, a Category 2 storm not expected to affect land.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Evacuation zone map S.C. Emergency Management Division

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

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