Storm Center: What’s going on around the Grand Strand during and after Florence?

Family riding out Florence aboard boat in North Myrtle Beach

Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hatteras boat in Doc Holiday's Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie.
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Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hatteras boat in Doc Holiday's Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie.

Here’s a snapshot of what the Grand Strand area is like during and after Hurricane Florence:

Our updated forecast story: ‘Flood catastrophe developing’ for Myrtle Beach area in Hurricane Florence

A Myrtle Beach resident thinks Hurricane Florence's flooding rains are going to make the storm "a little bit worse than people think." Wind and rain started battering the area Friday morning, but hurricane conditions are expected later in the day.


Myrtle Beach

Want to return to the Myrtle Beach area? Officials say you need to wait a little longer: A day after Hurricane Florence made landfall, public safety officials are beginning to assess the damages and make sure the area is safe for possible re-entry.If you’re thinking about heading back this way, you should wait, officials say. Read more here.

Misleading Florence headlines suggest ‘MYRTLE BEACH COULD GET CUT OFF’: Myrtle Beach area residents checking the weather Saturday morning were led to believe that local emergency personnel had suspended services due to Tropical Storm Florence, but that was never the case. Read more here.

‘Run gator, run! Run from Florence’: Alligator spotted in MB area neighborhood: Wind and rain weren’t the only things Hurricane Florence left on the streets of the Grand Strand. Read more here.

Horry County

Here are the road closures in Horry and Georgetown counties due to Florence: Hurricane Florence weakened to a tropical storm, but conditions including flooding and downed trees are closing some roads as the storm moves through the region. Read more here.

Find out where Florence is causing power outages Saturday in the Grand Strand: Crews are out assessing the damage and working to get power lines operating again. Read more here.

This is what’s open along the Grand Strand Saturday: As people begin reentering Horry County, local business are also reopening. Some never even closed. Remember, this is a live list that can change with the weather and flooding conditions — consider calling ahead before making the trip out. Read more here.

‘We’re hoping the worst is over.’ Conway area prepares for potential flooding: Conway business owners believe most of the danger from Florence, now a tropical storm, has passed, but the National Weather Service shows flooding may still pose a serious risk. Read more here.

‘Record flooding’: Forecasters predict Horry County river flooding starting Saturday: Both the Waccamaw River in Conway and Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry are expected to reach “major flood” water levels, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Read more here.

North Strand

Damage Report: Here’s what it’s like in North Myrtle Beach in Florence’s wake: As Hurricane Florence, now a tropical storm, has moved through the Grand Strand, North Myrtle Beach and the Cherry Grove area have seen significant rainfall and winds that have done a number on roads and businesses. Read more here.


Myrtle Beach

Curfew implemented in City of Myrtle Beach as HurricaneFlorence hits coast: The City of Myrtle Beach has implemented a curfew for Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., as Hurricane Florence hits the Carolina coast. Read more here.

‘We have a good community’: Neighbors wait out Florence inMyrtle Beach: People in Myrtle Beach woke up to winds and a little rain Friday as Hurricane Florence continued to spin slowly through North Carolina, but forecasters say the storm will likely still bring Category 1 storm conditions to the area for the late afternoon and overnight. Read more here.

Believe it or not, a fox is out in Myrtle Beach before Hurricane Florence: Myrtle Beach police caught a fox on camera, sitting in front of Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Myrtle Beach ahead of Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

One last look: Myrtle Beach residents soak in shore asHurricane Florence arrives: A handful of locals visited the beach near the Golden Mile as Hurricane Florence start to impact the area with constant rain and stinging wind. Read more here.

‘If mother nature wants it’: Ocean Blvd. homeowner makesfinal prep before hurricane: As rains started to pour and winds made walking difficult, a Myrtle Beach man and two construction crew members worked to ensure Robles’ oceanfront home is secured as Hurricane Florence arrives in the Grand Strand. Read more here.

‘Free and American.’ Man in just boxers waves US flag inface of Hurricane Florence: As of Friday afternoon, nearly 200 people had retweeted the video, which shows him standing against the strong storm winds as his American flag rapidly shakes. He is seeing wearing nothing but underwear. Read more here.

Horry County

Here is where power is out in the Grand Strand as Hurricane Florence moves through: We have live updates on power outages. Read more here.

Waccamaw River predicted to reach record flood stage level after Hurricane Florence: If current rainfall forecasts turn out to be correct, both the Waccamaw River in Conway and Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry are expected to reach “major flood” water levels, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C. Read more here.

Some sleeping on the floor, others stressed as Palmetto Baysshelter at capacity: The shelter at Palmetto Bays Elementary School on S.C. 544 has a shortage of cots, pillows and blankets, Red Cross officials said, leaving some people to sleep on the floor. Read more here.

Game on: Local shop offers hurricane relief while patronscontinue to slay dragons: Hurricane Florence forced the store to cancel an event that brings locals together to play a popular card game. The store considers its patrons to be more than just customers and is finding ways to help keep them safe through the storm. Read more here.

Several Waffle Houses and other businesses braving Florenceto remain open Friday: At least five Waffle House locations on the Grand Strand were open on Friday, and will potentially remain open throughout the weekend. Some other area businesses braved the storm and remained open also. Read more here.

North Strand

Waters beginning to rise on Ocean Boulevard in North MyrtleBeach: Waters were beginning to rise on South Ocean Boulevard in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach by midday Friday, as Hurricane Florence’s tropical storm winds and driving rain arrived. Read more here.


Some Myrtle Beach residents talk about the choice not to evacuate before Hurricane Florence hits the coast.

Myrtle Beach

A look at Ocean Boulevard as Hurricane Florence treks toward Carolina coast: Despite the overcast day, more than a dozen people walked the downtown Myrtle Beach boardwalk Thursday morning. Read more here.

‘It’s coming. I feel it now’: Florence starts to make waves in Myrtle Beach: Patty Paige had walked down to the beach at 72nd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach Thursday morning to take a break from preparing for the storm. Her house, just a block back from Ocean Boulevard, is boarded up, and she moved her car to a resort parking deck. Read more here.

This Myrtle Beach grocery store wants to stay open as long as possible: Store manager Bert Grimes said the store will reopen as soon as possible after the storm. Read more here.

Curfews in effect beginning Thursday in Myrtle Beach and some surrounding areas: Those violating the curfew without a valid reason will be subject to arrest. Read more here.

‘We need God’s help’: Signs on Myrtle Beach stores speak to Hurricane Florence: Boarded storefront windows have become the forum for Myrtle Beach business owners to express their feelings toward Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

‘I’m really not afraid of hurricanes’: Myrtle Beach mobile homeowner ready for storm: On Thursday, some residents of the small, mobile home community remained in their homes as Hurricane Florence targeted the Grand Strand. Others evacuated the area, leaving their boarded-up buildings behind. Read more here.

‘Glassy, clean waves’: Local surfers still in the water as Florence moves closer: Surfers stand beside Springmaid Pier to take a break from the higher-than-normal waves. Read more here.

Here’s how to find your loved ones if they evacuated from Myrtle Beach area hospital: Patients at Myrtle Beach-area hospitals within evacuation zones have been moved all across the Southeast ahead of Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

Did we just waste $34 million on rebuilding beaches? Project paused for Hurricane Florence: Beach renourishment efforts have been halted along the Grand Strand as the work done so far will be tested by Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

‘There’s nothing else open’: Some Myrtle Beach restaurants hold out as Florence nears: A handful of restaurants on Myrtle Beach’s north end stayed open as long as they could Thursday as Hurricane Florence approached the area. Read more here.

Residents of Horry County SC are streaming into the shelter at Loris High School Thursday Sept. 13, 2018, as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina

Horry County

‘You don’t want to be floating down 31’ : Residents hunkering down at local shelter: Kirra Bellamy, 23, is from Loris and went to Loris High School, where she is now seeking shelter from Hurricane Florence. For Hurricane Matthew, she and her family decided to stay in their mobile home. Read more here.

‘To me, this is safer than a house.’ Locals plan to ride out Florence in their boat: More than a dozen boats are docked at the Bucksport Marina off the Waccamaw River. As Hurricane Florence approaches, residents can’t think of any safer place to be. Read more here.

Limit your water usage before Hurricane Florence hits to allow GSWSA to build storage: Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority (GSWSA) officials are asking customers to limit their water usage to essential needs ahead of Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

Yes, Florence was downgraded. No, that doesn’t mean it’s OK to return to Myrtle Beach: Hurricane Florence had yet to make landfall, but residents who evacuated Myrtle Beach earlier this week were already asking whether they can return. Read more here.

‘We want everyone to be safe’: What police advise before and after Florence hits: Local law enforcement continues to patrol all areas of the county and remind citizens to report any suspicious activity as Category 2 Hurricane Florence approaches the Myrtle Beach coast. Read more here.

Her house was spared in Matthew, but this time she’s really worried about her car: Pearl Gause has lived in the same house off U.S. 701 near Bucksport for the past 25 years, and as of Thursday afternoon, she has no plans of leaving. Read more here.

Tim Atkinson is riding out Hurricane Florence in his thirty six foot Hatteras boat in Doc Holiday's Marina with his wife Judy and two dogs Douglas and Roxie.

North Strand

‘I’d like to wake up in the Bahamas.’ Couple hopes boat can take on Hurricane Florence: At Doc Holiday’s Marina in North Myrtle Beach, boats are tied down tightly and empty. But at the end of the marina, one boat, “Just-E-Nuff,” has four residents hoping to ride out the storm. Read more here.

North Myrtle Beach locals enjoy, take advantage of calm before the storm: Marty Smith and Mike Lineau, managers at Murphy’s Bar and Grill in Cherry Grove, were still boarding up windows at 10 a.m. Thursday. They were open Wednesday night, Smith said. Read more here.

Claudette and Ed Brenner say they are not concerned about riding out Hurricane Florence at their Murrell's Inlet, SC home.

South Strand

Priest on Grand Strand beach before storm: ‘God bless you, be safe’: Father Edward Fitzgerald stepped onto the sand in Garden City and gazed out on the rough surf. “Some how, some way, God is going to take care of us,” he said Thursday morning. Read more here.

Pawleys Island effectively closed after evacuations, officials said: Officials said Thursday morning no traffic is allowed on south or north causeways in Pawleys Island ahead of Hurricane Florence. Read more here.

Don’t get wasted away. Some liquor stores still open on the Grand Strand: “Is that mango pineapple? What would you mix with that,” a customer asked, eyeing small bottles of vodka behind the counter at Gator’s Liquor. Read more here.

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