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Curfews in effect beginning Thursday in Myrtle Beach and some surrounding areas

The streets of the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach were empty when the first night of the city’s curfew began at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The streets of the Cherry Grove area of North Myrtle Beach were empty when the first night of the city’s curfew began at 7 p.m. Thursday. jlee@thesunnews.com

The City of Myrtle Beach, Horry County and other surrounding areas have implemented a curfew beginning Thursday night as Hurricane Florence begins to impact the Grand Strand.

Myrtle Beach’s curfew is from 7 p.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday. Listed as exempt from the curfew are police, fire, emergency and medical personnel performing duties, credentialed members of the media and evacuees. Myrtle Beach imposed a curfew Wednesday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.

Curfews being imposed by Conway, North Myrtle Beach and Horry County, which includes all unincorporated areas of the county, are in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. beginning Thursday and continuing until further notice.

Surfers take on waves at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach ahead of Hurricane Florence.

Surfside Beach has a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. that begins Thursday and continues until further notice.

Many communities including Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach have imposed bans on entering the ocean, as well.

The City of North Myrtle Beach stated its curfew is meant to protect residents, minimize the potential for looting and other crimes, and keep roadways clear for emergency personnel, and includes patronizing restaurants.

Horry County Police Chief Joseph Hill said those violating the curfew without a valid reason will be subject to arrest, and City of Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said a curfew violation is a misdemeanor offense in the city.

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