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Some flooding, winds the legacy of overnight storm

Flooding along U.S. 701 at Hardwick Farms north of Tabor City. (Deuce Niven, TLT)


     Swamp flooding in the Green Sea area early Friday, on the heels of a night of heavy rain that also brought high winds to the area, appeared to be the most serious of the local impacts from a weather system that brought far worse destruction, and loss of life in other parts of the Carolinas and in a broad swath of the U.S.

Horry County Fire Rescue crews on Long Branch Swamp Road Friday morning. (HCFR photo)

     Marine Division boats from Horry County Fire Rescue were used to rescue four people and two dogs from a flooded home in the Long Branch Swamp Road area Friday morning, an HCFR social media post said.

     There were no reported injuries, with the HCFR crew dispatched at 6:46 a.m.

     Trash cans placed at the roadside for regular pick-ups in Columbus County were widely reported overturn, at least one person describing some as “projectile trash cans” that slid into the roadway, forcing some drivers to drive around them.

     Power outages were reported during the night and into Friday morning in both Horry and Columbus counties, the majority in Horry closer to the coast, while the most significant outages reported in Columbus County were south of Chadbourn, near Ward’s Station.

     Fire crews in both counties responded to several calls involving downed trees, with that threat not over yet. Gusts today could reach from 40 to 50 miles per hour, the National Weather Service office in Wilmington reported.

     Those winds “will blow around loose and unsecured items, tree limbs will be blown down, and a few power outages possible today,” the NWS briefing said. “Marine conditions will also be very hazardous.”

     Those winds will bring a weak cold front into the area through Saturday night, with forecasts of freezing or near freezing temperatures as early as tonight, with highs Saturday near the mid-50s before a warming trend beginning Sunday.

     Look for more on this story here as events warrant, and in the next Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.