A tropical storm is expected to bring wind gusts up to 40 mph and rain that will soak the Myrtle Beach area this weekend, when thousands of visitors are in town for the holiday or Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
The National Weather Service issued a tropical storm warning for Horry and Georgetown counties late Friday afternoon, with the tropical depression expected to bring between 2 and 4 inches of rain over the next several days, and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Strong rip currents also are expected.
2 to 4 inchesRain expected in Horry County this weekend
“The rain and rip currents are the biggest threats,” said Reid Hawkins, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
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Rain could start as early as Saturday morning and will continue off and on through early next week as the storm stalls off the coast, Hawkins said. The storm is expected to hit South Carolina on Sunday near Charleston. Starting late Sunday, Hawkins said.
“It’s a small storm but it’s wide,” he said.
Horry County officials urged drivers to be cautious as roads will be slick and ponding could occur.
Thousands of visitors are expected along the Grand Strand this weekend for Atlantic Beach Bikefest or the Memorial Day holiday.
The rain and rip currents are the biggest threats.
forecaster Reid Hawkins
As for the Memorial Day festivities, Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea said he is “optimistic” that the parade and picnic will “occur under good weather conditions.”
The Military Appreciation Days parade features Grand Marshal Noah Galloway and is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday along Farrow Parkway at The Market Common. Following the parade is Big Family Picnic in Valor Memorial Garden. Guests can view exhibits, listen to live music from the Andrew Thielen Big Band and have an opportunity to meet Galloway.
There is no plan to cancel the parade if it does rain, with Kruea stating, “a little rain never hurt.” Tents will be set up for the picnic, he said.
The Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for Monday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will occur rain or shine. There are plans to move the event indoors if the weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony, Kruea said.
As for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, Kruea said that bikers have showed up in similar weather conditions, and that they will simply adapt as necessary.