Last Updated on June 19, 2022 by Kathy Rukat Smith
The start of hurricane season is right around the corner. It’s hard to believe that we are almost in June! Reviewing your hurricane plan is a great idea whether 2022 is your first hurricane season or your 45th hurricane season. To start our hurricane discussion, I wanted to give some general hurricane information for Murrells Inlet SC.
When is Hurricane Season?
Hurricane season starts June 1 and runs through November 30. Murrells Inlet SC is most active with tropical storms and hurricanes during September and October. However, Mother Nature does not know the dates on a calendar. We can always see a tropical storm or hurricane outside of those dates. You should be prepared anytime during hurricane season.
How are Hurricanes Classified?
Hurricanes are classified as Category 1-5. The category describes the strength of the storm and the property damage expected with 1 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. In a Category 1 storm, winds are generally 74-95 mph while a Category 5 storms can have winds over 156 mph. (Take a look at hurricane category descriptions from WMBF.)
Get Your Information from a Reliable Source
When a hurricane is approaching our area, you will hear all kinds of information from local sources, national sources and your friends and family outside the area that have your best interests at heart but may not have the most up-to-date information. Where should you get information about a storm approaching our area? The best places to get information are the local news stations, the local and state emergency management services, local government agencies and local police stations. Follow these groups on social media or download their apps if they have one so you can get local information even if you leave town.
- Horry County Emergency Management Division – https://www.horrycounty.org/Departments/Emergency-Management
- Georgetown County Emergency Management Division – http://www.gtcounty.org/247/Emergency-Management
- SC Emergency Management Division – https://www.scemd.orghttps://www.scemd.org
- WMBF – https://www.wmbfnews.com/page/first-alert-hurricane-center-2/
- WBTW – https://www.wbtw.com/weather-news/hurricanecenter/
- WPDE – https://wpde.com/weather/hurricane-center
Start now preparing for hurricane season so you are not getting everything in order at the last minute. In future episodes, I will talk about evacuating for a hurricane, buying and selling during hurricane season and what to do if you have damage to your home. You can look back at Episode 35 for tips if you stay during a hurricane. I hope this hurricane information for Murrells Inlet SC will help you prepare!