Storms wipe out power, phone lines along Grand Strand

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF WEATHER DAMAGE IN MYRTLE AND NORTH MYRTLE BEACHES
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS OF WEATHER DAMAGE IN MYRTLE AND NORTH MYRTLE BEACHES

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A thunderstorm moving slowly across the Grand Strand is bringing a lot of rain and lightning, causing power outages across the area.

Chief Meteorologist Frank Johnson says the storm could produce small hail and winds at up to 40 m.p.h. The storm began in the Shallotte and Little River area and moved down through Briarcliffe Acres into Myrtle Beach. Some street lights in Myrtle Beach are out and drivers are asked to be extra cautious and look for officers out directing traffic.

Area residents have also reported to the News13 news room that power is out in some stores in the Target shopping center off of Mr. Joe White Avenue.

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department issued an advisory Thursday afternoon just after 5 p.m. that North Ocean Boulevard and North Highway 17 are seeing areas of flooding. Drivers are warned to use caution when traveling on those roads. The department also states that the North Myrtle Beach phone lines are down, and the IT Department is working to resolve the issue.

Visitor to the Cherry Grove area, Henry Basham, captured the storm at the Cherry Grove Pier and posted the video to the WBTW News 13 Facebook page.

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