Georgetown County under Hurricane Warning

Hurricane Central

Georgetown County is under a Hurricane Warning as Hurricane Florence continues to advance toward the Carolina coast.

The county’s Emergency Management Division is now operating at OPCON 1, the highest level of emergency operations.  The move indicates that full-fledged emergency response operations are in effect.   The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center is fully-staffed 24-hours a day.   All offices within the city of Georgetown are closed.

According to Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers, parts of Georgetown County could see storm surge of 2 to 4 feet.

Officials tell news 2 that only a small supply of sandbags is available within the county.  The sand will not be re-stocked once it is gone.

Sheriff’s deputies are patrolling neighborhoods around the clock to prevent looting as residents evacuate.  Early Wednesday morning, there was no curfew.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump received a briefing on storm preparation efforts.

“I would say everybody should get out,” the President said following the briefing.

“It’s going to be really really bad along the coast. “

President Trump also said the federal government is “totally prepared” to respond to a potential disaster.

Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall in the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday.  A computer simulation known as the European model predicts some places could get 45 inches of rain. 

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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