Georgetown County on “alert” due to Arthur

  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center is now operating under, OPCON 4, or “alert” status, because of Tropical Storm Arthur.

This is being done in preparation for a possible threat, according to Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach.

The county's Emergency Management Division, in conjunction with S.C. Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, is monitoring the situation closely.

The Georgetown County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has not been activated, but Georgetown County will continue to monitor the storm, review operational plans, and keep the public updated, according to Broach.

“The current forecast has Tropical Storm Arthur moving toward the South Carolina coast early Thursday morning. Depending on the angle of approach, coastal areas of Georgetown County may experience wind speeds of up to 35 mph, with gusting winds exceeding that,” she said. “This is an excellent time for families to review their hurricane plans and make sure they have appropriate emergency plans on hand, said Sam Hodge, Georgetown County's emergency manager.”

At 2 p.m., the center of Tropical Storm Arthur was located by NOAA Doppler radars near latitude 27.9 north...longitude 79.4 west.

Arthur is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph and this general motion should continue through tonight followed by a turn toward the north on Wednesday.

On the forecast track...the center of the tropical cyclone is expected to remain just offshore and move east of the east-central coast of Florida during the next day or so. The system is forecast to pass east of northeastern Florida on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Interests along the United States East Coast north of the watch

area through southeastern Virginia should monitor the progress of the storm.

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