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Damage Report: Here’s what it’s like in North Myrtle Beach in Florence’s wake

North Myrtle Beach beginning to flood. Florence could dump another 10+ inches of rain

Areas of South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were continuing to flood Saturday afternoon as Florence dumped more rain on the area. An additional 10-15 inches are forecast for the Grand Strand through Monday.
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Areas of South Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were continuing to flood Saturday afternoon as Florence dumped more rain on the area. An additional 10-15 inches are forecast for the Grand Strand through Monday.

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.

Santee Cooper workers were on North Ocean Boulevard in Cherry Grove early Saturday morning working on power lines as about 30,000 were without power in that area.

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Santee Cooper crews working on power lines on Ocean Boulevard in Cherry Grove. About 80,000 residents across the Grand Strand are without power Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Florence passes over the area. Jason Lee The Sun News

North Myrtle police were directing traffic at Boulineau’s Corner about 8 a.m. because of long lines for gas that were streaming into the road. U.S. 17 only had one lane open with gas station business spilling into Sea Mountain Highway.

Wayne Johnson, of Little River, filled up three gas cans with 15 gallons of gas for a generator. He said he waited about 10 minutes in line at the store on Sea Mountain Highway — one of the only gas stations open in town.

“I’m surprised they won’t give you a limit,” Johnson said as he filled his gas cans.

Frank Boulineau, the owner, said they’ve been “very busy.”

“We’re glad the storm didn’t get us,” he said.

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North Myrtle Beach police were directing traffic at Boulineau’s Corner on Saturday morning because of long lines for gas. James Lee jlee@thesunnews.com

About noon Saturday, king tide and wind pushed sea foam onto the beach at Cherry Grove, where conditions appeared to worsen as one of the tropical storm’s rain bands moved into the area. Sea form was nearly knee deep as the tide rushed in. High tide made it close to the dunes.

At Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach, a large tree was ripped from the ground, taking part of a golf cart path.

Residents in this area were cautiously going about daily life again, driving around to see what’s open and surveying damage — mostly lawn and tree damages — around town.

About five or sick blocks from 11th to 16th Avenue along South Ocean Boulevard had standing water in parking garages as well as overtopped patios and swimming pools. With more rain expected later Saturday, the area could be susceptible to flooding.

Nearby Barefoot Landing appears to have experienced minor damage to a few buildings, but not widespread. There were a few downed trees and some portions of its parking lot are flooded.


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