GEORGETOWN COUNTY, S.C.(WCBD) — Georgetown County government will move to Operating Condition (OPCON) 3 at noon today as the county’s Emergency Management Division staff continues to monitor and prepare for Hurricane Florence. The county’s Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
The news release states that OPCON 3 indicates a disaster or emergency situation is likely or imminent. Though it is currently downgraded to a tropical storm with maximum winds at 70 miles per hour, Florence is expected to re-strengthen to a hurricane today.
Rapid intensification is likely to begin by tonight, with the storm becoming a major hurricane on Monday, according to the National Weather Service, officials added.
Florence is forecast to be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast coastline by late this week, and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase. However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges, it’s too soon to determine the exact timing, location, and magnitude of those impacts.
The county’s Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, will continue to monitor the storm closely and update the public on the threat for our area, residents and visitors.
Georgetown County will keep the public updated as the situation evolves via its website, www.gtcounty.org.