What is the storm surge going to look like for the Grand Strand with Hurricane Irma?

Surfside Beach Pier is snapped off on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, as high tide comes in and Hurricane Matthew goes north.

Some coastal flooding is expected, but currently it’s too soon to say what level of storm surge could impact the Grand Strand.

As of Friday morning, forecasters said confidence was growing that powerful Hurricane Irma would stay to the west of South Carolina, and some coastal flooding was likely coming, Steve Pfaff, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. said on a 10 a.m. conference call.

“As for storm surge watch and storm surge warning, it’s probably too early to tell at this time, 3-foot, above-ground level inundation is what would be the trigger point for that,” Pfaff said. “Right now, with limited confidence, we feel like we’ll be below that and may just have to handle that with a coastal flooding advisory for the oceanfront areas.”

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