Tropical Storm Watch in effect

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

  • Updated Wednesday, July 2, 2014 5:45 am

A tropical storm watch is in effect which means tropical storm conditions are possible in 36 to 48 hours.

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 5 a.m., the center of Arthur was located at 28.4n 79.1w which is about 90 miles was of Cape Canaveral Florida.

The storm has 60 mph winds and is moving north at 6 mph.

The official National Weather Service forecast for the South Strand for Thursday, which is the day the area is supposed to receive the most impacts:

Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms. High near 88. Northeast wind 16 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Tropical storm conditions possible. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. North wind 12 to 17 mph becoming west 6 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunshine returns for the 4th of July.

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