Myrtle Beach records the 6th highest tide level, according to the National Weather Service; more floods expected on Sunday


MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Tides in Myrtle Beach reached the sixth highest level 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 properties 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, which was set during Hurricane Hugo, the NWS said.

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

The big tide on Saturday morning caused flooding in several areas along the Grand Strand. High water levels have been reported in several areas including Garden City, Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island.

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

Georgetown emergency management said on Friday that flooding was expected along the coastal marshes and causeways. The agency also urged people not to cross the flood waters.

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