S.C. Prepares for Florence

Hurricane Florence is set to hit South Carolina. More than a million people have been evacuated from coastal areas -- Even Walmart has closed its doors.

Lane reversal has begun on the highways, and will last until 6 hours before Florence is set to touch down.

If you are in the vicinity, please stay safe and let us know how you are faring.

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    My brother (none / 0) (#1)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 04:22:29 PM EST
    lives in Myrtle Beach and he is planning on staying for the storm.

    The Joshua canned response lately (none / 0) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 06:12:53 PM EST
    Feels bad

    Don't worry... Trump's got his back. (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 06:19:31 PM EST
    After all, Puerto Rico was an incredible unsung success;  an A plus.

    I pray your brother comes through this OK.


    He looked a bit worn (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 07:18:45 PM EST
    In that appearance.  The hair folding was a little slap dash.

    I might do the same (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 06:28:28 PM EST
    But probably not the best idea

    FTR, I will not insist fishcamp leave (none / 0) (#5)
    by Militarytracy on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 07:02:49 PM EST
    Ever again. He's pretty tough. But he also seems to know certain drills. Not sure I'd let YOU sit out a category 4 in the keys.

    Heh (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 07:10:28 PM EST
    It would be hard to leave your house.  But I am a weather coward

    Thanks Tracy. My success with the cat 4 (none / 0) (#13)
    by fishcamp on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 10:08:50 PM EST
    hurricane Irma was the strength of this poured cement  house with cement roof tiles.  Even though I can see the Atlantic Ocean there is a huge bay like canal in front of me, then a strip of land with houses, and the highway, then the ocean.  The one problem that can happen with houses like mine is the soffits blowing out, letting rainwater in, and flooding the house.  Thankfully that didn't happen here.  Hopefully Florence will slow down before it lands.  Best of luck to your brother Ga6, and I hope he has a generator.  

    Thanks Fishcamp. (none / 0) (#16)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 06:32:08 AM EST
    My brother lives in a condo complex. I'm sure he doesn't have a generator but I would guess someone there does.

    He is ocean (none / 0) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 08:16:21 PM EST
    front. in a condo but not on the 1st floor. He says during Hugo he waited until the last moment to leave and got out fine. So I guess he might leave should things look really dire. His ex-father-in-law sat in the house during Hugo and said never again. He was afraid to leave because he thought someone might take his stuff.

    Ga6thDem, the latest models have (none / 0) (#18)
    by vml68 on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 10:57:42 AM EST
    Florence turning southwest as it nears the coast. Myrtle Beach might get a direct hit. I hope your brother decides to evacuate.

    Good advice vml 68, that is if (none / 0) (#19)
    by fishcamp on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 11:52:56 AM EST
    the governor has gasoline and diesel fuel available along the evacuation routes.  Florida's sad sack of a governor finally ordered almost the entire state to evacuate for hurricane Irma with no fuel plans in place.  Entire family's were stuck along the highways the next day in very hot muggy weather.  And then after it was all over many were blocked from going home for two weeks for a variety of ridiculous reasons.  Hopefully the states affected by hurricane Florence have learned from our states mistakes.  

    As of this (none / 0) (#21)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Sep 13, 2018 at 08:16:44 PM EST
    afternoon he was hunkering down in his condo. I guess since it is now a Cat 2 he will be fine. He stayed there during the last hurricane that was a Cat 2. However the problem for him is going to be power. I'm sure he'll be without it for quite a while.

    You might want to tell your brother that (none / 0) (#9)
    by vml68 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 08:19:20 PM EST
    Hurricane Florence will be "tremendously big and tremendously wet"!!

    My family in Charleston were planning to leave but now that it is looking like Florence is headed for NC, they've decided to stay put.


    Charleston is shielded by sea islands (none / 0) (#10)
    by Peter G on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 08:38:08 PM EST
    isn't it? How far inland does the evacuation zone run in S.C.? How about in N.C.?

    I don't know how far inland the evacuation (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by vml68 on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 09:03:42 PM EST
    zones run in SC. But, I do know that Charleston County and all of the coastal counties running north from there to the NC border are under mandatory evacuation orders.

    There are plenty of sea islands that are part of Charleston County but they do nothing to help the flooding problem in the city of Charleston.
    Here is an article in The Post and Courier that talks about the flooding issues in Charleston.


    Downtown Charleston floods (none / 0) (#12)
    by CoralGables on Tue Sep 11, 2018 at 09:27:49 PM EST
    with a heavy rain. It has water on three sides. The worst of this storm looks to be well north of Charleston as of now with a NC landfall. Charleston has paid it's dues in the past. Better it goes elsewhere.

    There are (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 06:29:16 AM EST
    parts that get sitting water during high tide.

    It has (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 06:28:38 AM EST
    sea islands but they don't do anything to shield the city in a hurricane. The outer banks in NC usually take the brunt of a hurricane in NC.

    We (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by FlJoe on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 10:20:26 AM EST
    have 100 miles of a nearly unbroken barrier island protecting the lagoon, only two small inlets at Sebastian and Ft Pierce with the major inlet to the sea 70 miles to our South, nonetheless Irma raised the water level 2-3 feet.

    During hurricane Erin (Cat 1) which made a direct hit just South of Sebastian it managed to collapse part of HWY 1 directly across from it.


    No protection (none / 0) (#20)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Wed Sep 12, 2018 at 12:24:51 PM EST

    Those islands provide no protection from flash flooding. A foot of rain in one hour is less than the record. Flow will be dumping water for far longer.