It was a waiting game as Hurricane Dorian was skirting up the coast toward South Carolina earlier this week.

Preparations for the storm occurred all week as authorities and citizens awaited the storm’s effects, which the area was expected to begin experiencing Wednesday night.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued a mandatory evacuation on Monday, and Georgetown County in turn moved to OPCON 1 to coincide with the governor’s order.

All public schools in the area closed indefinitely on Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday. An emergency shelter opened at Pleasant Hill Elementary School for those evacuating from the storm.

All Tidelands Health hospitals in the area were not included in the mandatory medical evacuation order issued by Gov. McMaster last Sunday and expected to remain open throughout the storm.

Sandbags were made available at various locations across Georgetown and the county. Post offices in Andrews, Georgetown and Pawleys Island closed as well as many other government functions and businesses.

As of Monday, the following were reported closed:

Georgetown County School

District

Horry County Schools

Lowcountry Prep; students

may pick up books Tuesday

morning until noon

Horry Georgetown Technical

College

Coastal Carolina University

State of SC Offices in Georgetown County

No Jury Duty in Georgetown

County this week

Post offices in Georgetown,

Pawleys Island and Andrews

are closed until after the storm

Tomlinson’s on Front Street

in Georgetown

Thomas Café in Georgetown

Georgetown Kraft Credit

Union Pawleys Island

Branch at 49 Jetty Way

Brookgreen Gardens

Huntington Beach State Park

Georgetown Chamber of

Commerce

Hopseewee Plantation

Hobcaw Barony

All4Paws

Salvation Army

Drunken Jack’s (Tuesday)