Hours after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s announcement that the region’s coastal areas should evacuate Thursday morning, Myrtle Beach and Conway residents were already preparing to leave.
Dale Miller is originally from West Virginia. This will be his first hurricane, and on Tuesday he was preparing to ride out the storm by filling up canisters of gas to power his generator for his Carolina Forest home.
It’s very short notice. I’m from Jersey, I can’t just drive home.
student Greg Lang
“My son just called me and told me to get things ready with the generator and get the truck ready in case we have to leave,” said Miller.
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He said he hopes the hurricane will consist of “a little bit of rain and a little bit of wind,” and he’s not expecting too much damage.
“But like I said, I ain’t been around here before.”
Hurricane Matthew was a Category 3 storm in the Caribbean on Thursday. It’s expected to start impacting the Grand Strand late Friday and Saturday. But Horry County Schools, Georgetown County School District, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University closed Wednesday and will remain closed through Friday.
I’m not particularly worried, I think we’ll be fine.
student Raija Haughn
At CCU, students were packing up and preparing to leave.
Marine Science major Greg Lang wasn’t sure where he was going.
“I’m either going to Georgia or I’m going to USC or I’m going to Riaja’s house,” he said, pointing at a friend. “It’s very short notice. I’m from Jersey; I can’t just drive home.”
Theater major Ivan Jermyn said he was waiting on an official word from the school before deciding whether or not to evacuate.
I heard ‘What’s your evacuation plan?’so I called my mom and I’m about to head to Atlanta in a few minutes.
student John Pilgrim
“So far it’s the state evacuation but the school hasn’t made an official statement yet,” he said. “If we don’t need to be evacuated, that would be optimal.”
Fellow theater major Raija Haughn said she would rather stay at the school if given a choice.
“I’m not particularly worried; I think we’ll be fine,” she said. “I was supposed to have a call-back audition for Sunday, which I’m kind of bummed isn’t happening.”
We figure from talking to some locals that have stuck this type of thing out before, we’re not going to be distracted or scared by the media.
CCU student Alexander Agresta
Student and Georgia native John Pilgrim had gone to bed at 11 a.m. Tuesday and didn’t wake up until 6 p.m.
“I heard ‘What’s your evacuation plan?’so I called my mom and I’m about to head to Atlanta in a few minutes,” he said.
At a local grocery store, the aisles containing bread and water were almost bare, despite the efforts of employees, who were restocking the shelves as fast as customers were grabbing the items.
But not everybody was at the grocery store for bread and water.
Coastal students Alexander Agresta and Chris Lomp were in the check-out line with Natural Light beer and Foxhorn Vineyards chardonnay.
“We’re going to hydrate on water and Gatorade as well,” said Agresta. “We’ll also eat plenty of warm, nice food and also hopefully have some friends over and hang out.”
Agresta is originally from New York and said he’s not worried about the storm.
“We’re going to ride it out,” he said. “We figure from talking to some locals that have stuck this type of thing out before, we’re not going to be distracted or scared by the media.”
Christian Boschult, 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian