What To Expect During Hurricane SeasonWhen considering where to live and raise a family, or retire and enjoy golfing and fishing, Myrtle Beach should be at the top of your list. For families, Myrtle Beach has an excellent school system, pristine parks, fun activities such as go-karts and mini-golf, while maintaining a great job market. For retirees, there is no shortage of opportunities to dive into your hobbies. Northeastern South Carolina has some of the best golf clubs in the Southeast, beautiful white sand beaches, salt and freshwater shipping, jogging paths, recreation centers, and a wide variety of food and entertainment. As if that was not enough, our weather is mild in the winter but cool than our island neighbors in the summer. 

Whether you are considering moving to this area or you have been here for many years, you may have concerns as hurricane season begins. Here we want to help you know what to expect during Hurricane Season and how you can keep your home and family safe. 

What To Expect During Hurricane Season

1) Direct impacts from hurricanes in Myrtle Beach is rare

The Gulf Stream, a river of warm ocean water moving parallel to the southeast coast, actually steers hurricanes toward the Outer Banks of North Carolina more often than it does the South Carolina coast. It is more likely for us to experience indirect impacts from storms that make landfall relatively close. This means Myrtle Beach property is not often damaged severely.

2) We can be impacted by tropical systems, even if indirectly

There have been a handful of storms that have had significant impacts in our area include:

  • Hurricane Hugo – A category 4 storm that made landfall in Charleston – 1989
  • Hurricane Hazel – A category 4 storm that made landfall near North Myrtle Beach – 1954
  • Hurricane Florence – A category 1 storm that made landfall near Wrightsville Beach – 2018

Hurricane Hazel was by far the most powerful hurricane to strike Myrtle Beach; however, Florence Is the one that sticks out in recent memory for its unprecedented flooding, especially inland.

3) It is often not the wind that’s the concern with hurricanes

The wind is not the primary threat in a Carolina hurricane. Storm surge and excessive rainfall are what property owners need to prepare for; however, if you are not on the immediate coastline, storm surge will not likely be an issue. 

4) You should pay close attention to the weather during the summer

The best thing you can do to protect your property and family is to pay close attention to the weather during the summer. You can follow local meteorologists on social media, download weather apps that send you notifications when weather alerts are in place, and, of course, watch the local news for the latest regarding hurricane season. RealStar Homes builds the highest quality homes in the area. We have safety in mind throughout the process. If you are thinking about moving to Myrtle Beach or upgrading within the area, please do not hesitate to contact us