SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. — Cross Lanes native Dave Litton decided to hunker down in his bar at Surfside Beach, South Carolina, as Hurricane Florence began to make its mark Friday morning.
“It just now started raining. They’re expecting 12 to 15 inches of rain here in the next two days. We’re just now getting heavy winds, 40 to 50 mile winds,” Litton said Friday on MetroNews “Talkline.”
His Sundown Sports Pub is along the main drag in Surfside (South Myrtle Beach) located eight blocks from the ocean and 10 miles from Main Myrtle. Litton said he wasn’t too worried about the storm surge reaching his location.
“We experienced (Hurricane) Hugo and the surge came four blocks up. So we’re feeling kinda safe here at the Sundown,” Litton said.
Litton’s father started the business in 1982 and Dave purchased it from him in 1997. He built a new building at around the same time. It’s constructed to withstand strong hurricanes.
“It’s full of concrete and covers 200 mile winds with the building codes,” Litton said.
Steps taken for Florence include boarding up the windows and doors and putting sandbags at the doors. He expected the brunt of the storm to last about 12 hours.
A mandatory evacuation was ordered at Surfside back on Monday but Litton, three friends and four of his workers decided to stay.
“I’ve left for one hurricane and it’s nearly impossible to get back into town,” Litton said.
He said the hurricane has been good for business. He said most businesses closed earlier in the week. Litton said he didn’t close until authorities made him Thursday at 2 p.m. He said he could have had more business Friday despite the storm.
“They’ve been calling all day wanting to see if we were open,” he said.
Dave Litton, the owner & operator of the Sundown Sports Pub at Surfside Beach just South of Myrtle, joins @HoppyKercheval to discuss his decision to ride out #Florence. WATCH: https://t.co/wkudfIAoe1 pic.twitter.com/yD9uBmgcWk
— MetroNews (@WVMetroNews) September 14, 2018