Myrtle Beach records 6th highest tide level with more flooding expected as storm forecast

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) — The tides in Myrtle Beach hit the sixth-highest on record Saturday morning and could rise further on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina.

“Sunday morning’s tide will be even higher and could approach hurricane flood levels. Prepare for road closures, protect property from salt water flooding! the NWS office said in a Facebook post.

The Myrtle Beach tide reached 8.29 feet on Saturday and the NWS predicts it will reach 8.9 feet on Sunday morning. The record is 16 feet, set during Hurricane Hugo, the NWS said.

Elsewhere, Midway Fire Rescue on Saturday urged residents of the Pawleys Island and Litchfield areas to remain vigilant.

Saturday morning’s high tide caused flooding in several areas along the Grand Strand. Flooding was reported in several areas including Garden City, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

Pawleys Island Police closed causeways on the island on Saturday morning due to high water. Police have also urged island residents to stay at home until the water calms down. The peak tide occurred around 10:15 a.m., police said.

Georgetown Emergency Management said Friday that flooding was expected along tidal marshes and causeways. The agency also urged people not to cross floodwaters.

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