MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Although there were serious concerns ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence, Myrtle Beach seems to have survived with only minimal problems.
As of Tuesday power was on and bars, restaurants and other tourist attractions along the popular South Carolina shores were up and running.
“We’re still waiting for a lot of people to come back to town since we know there was a lot of flooding up north,” said Braxton Hall, Manager of Margaritaville Restaurant in Myrtle Beach. “Right now, we’re just waiting for our tourism to kick back into play . We’ve still got great weather and the environment hasn’t changed here. The storm has left and didn’t leave much damage behind it.”
In the early hours as Florence gained strength off the coast, there was uncertainty about where she would make landfall. The point of impact came north of Myrtle Beach in the Wilmington area. Hall said he and his employees followed the South Carolina governor’s instructions and evacuated to a safer location, but when the all clear was given Sunday, they were back home and reopened Monday morning.
“We didn’t have any damage and it looked like it was very minor all over Myrtle Beach,” Hall told MetroNews.
The City of Myrtle Beach lifted its ban on aquatic activities Tuesday morning allowing people back in the ocean.