Severe weather chances upgraded to warning for northeastern Horry County

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina has upgraded a severe thunderstorm forecast from a watch to a warning for northeastern Horry County.

Horry County, along with Brunswick County (N.C.), was issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 7 p.m. that is set to remain in effect until 8 p.m., according to the NWS.

At 6:59 p.m., severe thunderstorms were spotted from Evergreen to near Galivants Ferry, moving southeast at 50 mph. the weather service reports. Possible hazardous effects include 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail, according to the NWS.

Minor damage to vehicles and wind damage to trees and power lines are possible, the weather service advises.

Local areas in line for the storm include Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Little River, Red Hill and Cherry Grove.

“For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building,” the National Weather service said.

A severe thunderstorm watch went into effect for Horry County at 2:13 p.m. and will remain in place until 9 p.m., according to the NWS.