With South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s lifting of an evacuation order for Horry and Georgetown counties Sunday, many residents are returning home to the coast and businesses are rallying employees to open their doors.
Here’s a look at both businesses and services resuming operation on Sunday on the Grand Strand. This list will be updated.
▪ Grand Strand Medical Center, emergency room and Trauma 1 center is open. Behavioral Health Services typically offered at South Strand location will be temporarily offered only on the main campus in Myrtle Beach.
▪ Tidelands Health’s three hospitals have re-opened. Tidelands outpatient medical care locations are expected to resume normal operations starting Monday. Patients whose appointments were impacted by the storm will be called to reschedule.
▪ Cinemark at Coastal Grand Mall open Sunday. The rest of the mall will open Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. Individual stores and shops there may have varying availability.
▪ Six area Publix stores have resumed normal operating hours. Those are in Pawleys Island Plaza, Prince Creek Village Center, Ocean Isle Beach Market Place, Forest Square, Village Shops at Grand Dunes, and Coastal North Town Center.
▪ ALDI in Carolina Forest and Surfside Beach is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Go here for a list of businesses that opened earlier this weekend.
What to expect
Horry County is under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. Sunday. Also under tornado watch are Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Marlboro counties.
Western Horry County, as well as parts of Marion, Florence and Georgetown counties, were put under a National Weather Service “flood advisory” late Sunday morning, effective at least through the late afternoon. The National Weather Service warned that areas with historically poor drainage are particularly vulnerable.
Flooding, according to the National Weather Service, could be widespread, affecting Conway, Georgetown, Pawley’s Island, Murrells Inlet, Garden City, Bucksport, Plantersvile, Gresham and Galivants Ferry, among other communities.
Horry County schools are closed Monday, with district officials saying flood conditions could warrant additional days of no school.
Local government officials say residents re-entering their communities will likely face traffic delays, detours, power outages and potentially heavy rainfall and floods later this week.
Travelers are advised to check road conditions and closures along their routes. Check back with the Sun News here for updates on roads.