But it’s not going to be as bad as predicted. The latest updates from the city of North Myrtle Beach state that, “Although there have been several slight jogs to the west in Hurricane Irene’s track, the hurricane is expected to maintain a course that avoids direct contact with North Myrtle Beach.”

More details, including bridge closures, are below:

Tropical storm conditions will impact North Myrtle Beach Friday evening through Saturday morning.  This means that winds between 30-55 mph are possible in North Myrtle Beach late Friday evening through Saturday morning. The highest gusts will occur directly along the beachfront.

The Barefoot Resort Swing Bridge will be closed to maritime traffic as of 5:00 p.m. on August 26. The bridge will remain open to vehicular traffic.

The city’s Public Works Department will remove all beach trash cans on Friday, August 26, and will place them back on the beach once the storm has passed.

Unless Hurricane Irene unexpectedly changes track, the city’s Beach Services will operate normally when winds subside this weekend. Beach Services include lifeguards, chair and umbrella rentals, the beachfront Hippo waterslide, and Beach Patrol monitoring.

Once the storm has passed, the city’s lifeguards and beach patrol will monitor riptide and other ocean water conditions throughout the weekend, and will advise beach-goers accordingly. As always, swimmers are reminded to not venture out beyond 50-feet when swimming in the ocean.

The city urges all residents and visitors to stay off the beach and out of the ocean water during Hurricane Irene’s passage. Those who do venture on to the beach or into the ocean water will do so at their own risk.

Be sure to check out the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce’s hurricane update page. Also review our hurricane preparedness tips to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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