FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Beach visitors did not let off and on showers on Memorial Day put a damper on their plans. Thousands of people were out at the beach, despite the warnings of big waves and dangerous rip currents.
"If it starts raining, we're definitely going to go home, but until then we're hanging out," Kristen Hess said. Hess came out to the beach with her father and daughter.
Frances Small came out to Folly Beach to honor her father, who died last year.
"It's my favorite place, and it was my father's. I haven't been here since he passed away. My father was a veteran, and I thought I'd be honoring him," Small said.
It was busy, but not overcrowded at Folly Beach. Those who came out say despite the rainy morning, it was worth it to come out.
"It's still a pretty nice day. It hasn't been too bad. It rained for a little bit. Other than that it's warm and the water is still nice," Matt Johnson said.
"It's not raining too much. It did earlier. We were hesitant about coming down, then it started to dissipate and we decided let's go on in today," Herman Howard said.
Out at the beach lifeguards put up the yellow flag, meaning general caution, chance of rip currents and big waves, but it didn't stop people from plunging in.
Businesses say they planned ahead by stocking up on food and supplies and bringing in staff for a busy day. They say business started slow, and then picked up.
"We will pick up in the afternoon. People are still off for the day and they want to get out and enjoy the beach and their last day before they have to go back to work or back home from out of town," Locklear's General Manager Imelda Erickson said.