Georgetown County Emergency Management is monitoring a coastal low pressure system expected to bring tropical storm-like conditions to our area over the weekend. The biggest threat from the system will be coastal flooding, said Brandon Ellis, director of Georgetown County Emergency Services.
The storm is expected to approach our area Saturday evening and linger throughout the day Sunday, bringing 3-4 inches of rain for most of the county, with amounts up to 6 inches for some western parts of the county. Localized flooding is also a possibility in flood prone areas.
Emergency Management is working with its partners at the National Weather Service for a clearer forecast of what to expect in terms of tidal inundation, but residents along the immediate coast and tidal waterways should expect moderate coastal flooding conditions. Flooding will be worst during high tide on Sunday morning. High tide will occur at Midway Inlet on Pawleys Island at 10:59 a.m. Sunday. Emergency Management officials recommend residents move items that may be vulnerable to flooding, such as vehicles, and make sure to move golf carts out of the flood area or unplug them to avoid fire risk.
The storm is also predicted to bring strong winds with gusts up to 50 miles per hour possible, dangerous marine conditions and a marginal tornado threat. A Gale Watch is in effect until 8 a.m. Monday. These conditions could lead to isolated power outages, downed trees and hazardous travel conditions, especially on elevated bridges.
Residents are encouraged to check back here for updates, monitor weather forecasts and follow @GCEMD and @gtcounty on social media