Myrtle Beach is located mostly on a barrier island between the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway on the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the East. To the east of the waterway, the land is on a sandbar or dune area. West of the waterway, the land is mostly pine forest with a normal high water table, where developers create elevated areas to build on.
Myrtle Beach has a subtropical climate. This means that the city has mild winters and a hot, humid summer with much rainfall. Storms usually leave quickly, unless it is a hurricane or tropical storm. Myrtle Beach is touched or hit about every 3 years by a hurricane.
Hurricanes are large storms that develop over the ocean, spinning in a circle and moving across the water. Some hurricanes stay out over the ocean, but others come onto the land, and when it makes landfall, it has very strong winds, rain, and flooding. It can also bring tornadoes with it in its outer bands, and even places far inland can feel the impact of the storm. There are things that you can do, however, that will protect both you and your home from the storm.
Some common kinds of hurricane shutters:
Hurricanes are very much a danger in Myrtle Beach, but with a few basic preparations, your home can be made much safer. Keep hurricane supplies ready, stay informed about the weather, evacuate when warned to, and cover your windows with hurricane shutters. This hurricane readiness can keep you, your family, and your home safe from the storm.