Hurricane Matthew to Work Up Coast Tonight Closer to the Beach Than Expected
Posted by Century 21 Thomas Blogger | Friday, October 7, 2016

South Carolina Office of the Governor, October 7, 11:00 a.m.
The latest track update from the National Hurricane Center holds Hurricane Matthew closer to the beach
  • Hurricane warning has been issued for our area in addition to the storm surge warning.
  • Matthew is now a category 3 hurricane.
  • The storm surge is expected to reach 8 feet and stretch far inland. Heavy rainfall will be an issue, with up to 14" in various places.
  • Strong winds will pose a major threat to mobile homes, trees, homes and other structures.
  • "This is the last time you see me before we're in storm mode," said Gov. Nikki Haley.
  • Gov. Haley urges people to evacuate: " I thank people of South Carolina for being strong, but it is not worth taking the risk" said the Governor.

Communication from the City of North Myrtle Beach, October 7, 9:30 a.m.
The following projected conditions for the city of North Myrtle Beach in reference to Hurricane Matthew are based on forecast modeling and are subject to change as we receive new information from the National Weather Service and the Hurricane Hunters Recon Missions:
  • Easterly gale force winds should start affecting the area on Saturday, October 8 at 2 AM EDT. The highest wind speeds from Hurricane Matthew should occur near 1 PM EDT when top sustained winds, from the East, could reach 56 MPH with gusts near 68 MPH. Winds should decrease below gale force 17 hours later.
  • Sustained winds will fall below gale force after 6 AM EDT on Sunday morning and generally be from the North during this period of decreasing winds. Expect gusts above gale force level for several more hours thereafter.
  • The total rainfall forecast for our area for the duration of Hurricane Matthew is forecast to be 13.4 inches. This can vary significantly as tropical storm and hurricane rainfall is very difficult to predict.
  • There is a chance that the storm surge could be as high as 5 feet in areas vulnerable to surge impacts.

Helpline for Shelter Locations

Evacuees seeking refuge from Hurricane Matthew should call 1-866-246-0133 to be directed to the nearest open emergency shelter anywhere in the state. The states public information phone system is operational 24 hours a day until South Carolina is no longer in danger.

The S.C. Emergency Management Division website,, lists emergency shelter status statewide and is updated in real-time by the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Coastal evacuees currently traveling or without internet access are urged to call the PIPS line if they need assistance.


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