Impacted by wind shear, Isaias tried but failed to develop a burst of deep convection to the northeast of its center yesterday evening. The window for it to reorganize and intensify is closing fast.
Currently, Tropical Storm Isaias is forecast to impact our area Monday evening through Tuesday morning bringing heavy rains, strong winds, and some storm surge.
Localized flooding is still a feature of this storm.
The accompanying Wind Speed Probabilities Map indicates winds between 50-60 mph and gusts to 70 mph could impact our area. Actual wind intensity will depend on how the storm interacts with land as it moves north from contact with Florida.
The forward momentum of Hurricane Isaias has slowed and it currently appears we can expect its arrival in Horry County around 8:00 p.m. on Monday evening. The hurricane should clear out of our area overnight Tuesday as it heads northeast.
The Governor has stated he will not order an evacuation of any Zone, and no hurricane shelters are open.
INTENSITY– Still some uncertainty given the current potential for the hurricane to interact with Florida and perhaps the southeastern U.S. coast.
WIND– Potential for sustained tropical storm winds of 30-40 miles per hour with gusts to 60 miles per hour along the immediate coast, especially for northeastern South Carolina (North Myrtle Beach) and southeastern North Carolina. Offshore sustained winds about 75 miles per hour.
RAIN– Localized flooding anticipated, especially in areas that traditionally flood in heavy rains.
TORNADOES– A few tornadoes are possible, especially Monday night for northeast South Carolina and southeast North Carolina.
CITY PREPARATIONS– City Council has established a Declaration of Emergency and an Emergency Ordinance, providing the City with the authorizations it needs to respond to any level of storm.
City management and the different departments are prepared to respond to any level of storm. Equipment needed for response is pre-positioned and employees prepared to respond as planned.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at OPCON 2, similar to Horry County’s EOC status.
OPCON is short for “Operational Conditions.” There are three OPCON levels: OPCON 1 (Full Alert, a Disaster is Occurring or Imminent), OPCON 2 (Enhanced Awareness that a disaster or emergency is likely to occur), and OPCON 3 (Normal Daily Operations).
MUCH CAN CHANGE over the next 48 hours. Please monitor the development of this hurricane. ... See MoreSee Less